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Cork Fabric

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Aug 6, 2012 7:32:55 PM

We recently got our hands on a new material from Inventables: cork fabric.

The cork sheets are pieced together in a pattern with a textile backing that makes it easy to sew and laser cut.

Come in and talk to us about what other materials we’ve been playing with or test something of your own!

Topics: cork, cork-fabric, inventables, new-materials, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, laser-cutting, nextfab, textiles

Weekly Staff Picks, July 8, 2012

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Jul 11, 2012 11:06:57 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   CNC woodworking, art and robotics merge, 3D printing, metal casting and laser cutting fill this week’s picks.   We hope you’ll enjoy them.

Wood Joinery Notebook   Very interesting article about CNC wood joinery. - Gregg

The Art of Curve Folding and Robotic Manufacturing   Two robot arms working together to fold sheet metal to make a very cool wall facade. - Alex

Portable 3D Printer   This kickstarter is for a 3D printer with a 100mm ^3 build envelope.   The designer has proved that he can successfully print 10 micron thick layers in PLA, although the machine can increment its z-height in 0.4 micron steps.   Another useful feature is the fast print head motion (it’s capable of 300mm/sec). - Alex

Metal Molding in the South of Brazil   Interesting story about various types of metal casting in the southern region of Brazil. - Yulia

The Lasersaur is an open source laser cutter. - Alex

Topics: nfs, 3d-printing, robotics, open-source, Uncategorized, woodworking, metal-casting, laser-cutting, nextfab, metal-folding, joinery, cnc

Weekly Staff Picks, May 13, 2012

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May 13, 2012 10:13:00 AM

This weeks picks include science merged with art and art and science in food and science for the “just because we can” category.

Tree Piece Helmets   Wooden Sports Helmets - Brandon

Catia V6   Bend Part Design – Adam

Laser cut seaweed (nori) makes fish taste 3 days fresher! - Evan

Everything but the Paper Cut 3 Dimensional Cut Paper Art – Brandon

JETMAN   Need I say more? - Seth

Topics: sushi, jetman, Uncategorized, paper-art, woodworking, sports-safety, laser-cutting, woodwork, aviation

Weekly Staff Picks, April 22, 2012

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Apr 22, 2012 10:03:51 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.

The Tricorder Project   Open source project aims to build StarTrek Tricorder- want to help? - Evan

Republic Bike   Customized bikes: Republic Bike.   You can customize your bike based on shared design. - WanTing

Phantasm CS   This is a plug-in for Illustrator that adds several useful tools including embedded image capabilities and vector toning.   There’s a free trial period. Great for laser work. - Stephanie

Computers Powered by Crabs   Research shows that logic gates (OR, XOR, and AND) can be simulated by herding soldier crabs through tunnels, meaning a crab-based computer is at least theoretically possible. - Alex

Say Hello to Tegris   Ever wonder how laser cutting machines are made?   Quench your curiosity! - Seth

Topics: nfs, carbon-fiber, bicycles, tricorder, laser, Uncategorized, phantasm-cs, tegris, laser-cutting, crabs, illustrator

Digital Embroidery Workshop with Shelley Spector

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Mar 8, 2012 2:50:52 PM

Breadboard resident artist Shelley Spector held another digital embroidery workshop this past weekend at NextFab! Shelley has been here working on our laser cutters and our digital embroidery machine, leading up to her exhibit Dreck Groove, on display now at the Esther Klein Art Gallery. If you haven’t been over to see her work at EKG yet, it will be up until March 30th. It’s not one you want to miss!

The workshop started at the gallery, where Shelley greeted attendees and discussed her work. Afterward, everyone came to NextFab and Shelley dove into the details of the processes she used for her work.

The workshop was split into small groups and they rotated through 4 stations: a tour of NextFab’s machinery and facility, sewing with the digital embroidery machine, laser cutting, and the digital embroidery software.

Everyone in the workshop was able to make and take home their own “Gone” watch, a piece designed by Spector for the workshop.

Thank you to Shelley for holding the workshop and to everyone who came! If you missed it, sign up for our digital embroidery classes and catch up!

Topics: digital-embroidery, philadelphia, workshops, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, breadboard, shelley-spector, laser-cutting, nextfab, textiles, laser-cutter, ekg, resident-artist


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