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On Feb 10, Make Your Own Honey Dipper at North 4th!

Posted by Anders Uhl

Feb 5, 2016 5:04:51 PM



Check out the Honey Dipper project at North 4th utilizing the Roland MDX CNC and the wood lathe!

Topics: roland-mdx, nextfab, North 4th, wood lathe

Steelborn Choppers: Waterjet-Cut Brake Rotors

Posted by Christine

Sep 30, 2014 2:55:00 PM



Steelborn Choppers makes motorcycles. Glorious, hand-built, one-of-a-kind motorcycles. Operating out of Brooklyn, NY, the company gives intense attention to details of each bike:

Steelborn Choppers are rolling metal creations powered by American V twin engines.
Hours of dedication are spent to design and then to precisely fabricate & refine each part.
Absolutely no compromises are made when it comes to quality and the length of time it takes for each build.
It's all "one part at a time, one bike at a time" with a "total hands-on" philosophy that goes into the craft of each individual custom bike. (via)

Topics: adobe-illustrator, 2d, waterjet, cad, 2012, nextfab, digital-fabrication, fabrication, custom-fabrication, choppers, Steelborn Choppers

Woodworking Contest Winners

Posted by Angie Hilem

Jun 16, 2014 4:33:00 PM

Two weeks ago, we put out a call to nominate woodworkers for a chance to win a 3 month membership to NextFab. During this time, we've had the pleasure to review many amazing candidates.

Topics: woodworking, cnc-milling, nextfab, woodwork, fabrication, contest, lathe, free

NextFab designs and fabricates Custom Trophy for 2013 MLU Championship Game

Posted by admin

Jul 18, 2013 2:30:00 PM

Nic Darling, the Executive VP of Major League Ultimate (MLU), reached out to NextFab Studio to design and build a trophy to award the winner of the 2013 MLU Championship Game. Nic then met with Tom Welsh, the leader of the contract services team and ironed out the budget and schedule. Just a few weeks later, NextFab produced a trophy that could hold its own next to trophies like the Stanley Cup or NFL Championship trophy.  

Similar to many of NextFab’s custom design jobs, the process was divided into a conceptual phase, followed by a detailed design and fabrication phase. Drawing from within NextFab’s team of designers, several conceptual designs were created, and Edwin Rivera, NextFab’s Industrial Designer, gave them life with a set of sketches.  Just a few days later, Nic chose his favorite design, and the team set down the path of making it a reality. The trophy includes a section that has the entire team members’ names engraved.  The design allows for an additional section to be inserted each year for the winning team.

The trophy is a full size engraved polished aluminum disc atop a pair of crossed arcs.  The arcs were cut on NextFab’s Flow water jet and the disc was turned on our Haas CNC lathe.  Engraving would be done on the Shopbot CNC router.  Finishing included welding, grinding, sanding, and polishing operations. After the final assembly of the trophy onto a custom wooden base, it was ready. 

Nic picked up the finished trophy to present at the championship. During the championship game, Tom tuned in to the broadcast to watch the game and see the awards ceremony. Tom said, “Seeing the the trophy being handed to the winning players who were gushing with pride in front of the cheering crowd was an emotional experience.  It made me proud to be a part of NextFab.”





Photos from the game day, by Sean Carpenter.

Topics: Uncategorized, trophy, nextfab, custom-fabrication

Yards Tap Handle Throwdown at NextFab

Posted by admin

Jul 10, 2013 3:35:49 PM



Do you have what it takes to Throwdown?

Two of the best things in life: making things with your hands and great beer. We’ve found a way to combine both into one glorious competition! Philadelphia’s own NextFab Studio and Yards Brewing Company are teaming up for the Tap Handle Throwdown! This contest, which is part of the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, is designed to show off the creativity of beer fans across this great city as you compete to design and build a unique tap handle worthy of dispensing Yard’s finest to the awestruck drinkers at bars all across Philadelphia.

Your winning tap handle would not only garner the adoration of your fellow Philadelphians but you can win some pretty awesome stuff along with it: a gift card from Yards, an afternoon at the Yards tasting room, and six month NextFab membership for starters.

You can find out everything and anything you need to about the throwdown here.  


Delicious Inspiration! 

To get everyone in the right mindset for creating their tap handle masterpiece we will be holding this month’s NextFabulous Social at the Yard’s Tasting Room. There will be tours of the brewery, beer tastings, and happy hour specials. Everyone is invited to belly up to the bar and learn more about Philadelphia’s favorite craft brewery.

The beer will be flowing Thursday July 18th from 6pm to 9pm. You can rsvp for the event here.


Topics: philadelphia, designphiladelphia, yards, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, nextfab

Project Highlights: Recycled material coffee table

Posted by admin

Jun 8, 2013 8:26:00 AM

Hello everyone!

My name is Connor McGoey. I am an industrial designer and I work at NextFab as a technical supervisor. Here is one of my personal projects I’ve recently completed at NextFab.

Coffee table built from material that had been re-claimed and intended to be re-purposed. 


The legs were salvaged from a discarded kitchen/dining room table. I used a chop saw to cut the legs to a desired length. I then marked and cut out notches for mounting the legs to the side of the table using a combination square for measurement. The marked cuts were cut using the band saw with use of the fence to achieve a strait cut. The legs were attached using wood glue and brad nails.


The body of the table is constructed of chipboard commonly used in exterior building construction prior to insulation and siding. The 1/2” piece of chipboard was cut to lengths using the Sawstop table saw. Construction of the body table was assembled using wood glue and 1” brad nails. Lastly the table top/window frame was sanded using and palm sander with an 80 grit sanding pad to remove decades of old paint. The top was mounted using hinges at the rear as well tension hinges mounted on the left and right hand exterior sides to prevent the lid from slamming shut. The piece will be finished with a nature nut oil to provide the lowest possible impact to the environment in it’s continuation toward it’s next life cycle.

What are you working on?


Topics: Uncategorized, nextfab, fabrication, salvage, custom-fabrication


Posted by admin

Apr 13, 2013 5:09:00 PM


Today, NextFab’s weld-master, Steve Webb, and his apprentice Jason Browne, provided a demonstration of rapid-sculpting of bike frames for a group of Philadelphians considering entering mobile sculptures into the upcoming Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby.

Here’s Steve’s play-by-play of the welding demonstration:

"After showing our visitors around the metal shop, we gave them an option of whether to make a tricycle or a parallel bike. They voted for the tricycle because it was more complex and would give them a chance to view a wider range of techniques. We took three bicycles to start with and we put them up on the welding table and lined them up and clamped them upright, in parallel. We pulled the one to the front to make a tricycle arrangement with our guests telling us how far forward to place the front frame.  We cut the fourth bicycle frame apart with the oxy-acetylene torch and we took several pieces off of it for leaders to attach the front bike to the two parallel back bikes, and put these aside for later. Next, we cut a piece of square box tubing to go between the seat tubes of the second two bikes to hold them upright and apart from each other. We demonstrated how to MIG weld them by grinding off the paint first and then welding the corners. We demonstrated how to use a pneumatic die grinder to grind "fish mouths" into the two round tubes so they fit right against the side of another tube, just like a pipe fitter would do, and then showed how to weld around those joints. We took the assembled tricycle frame off the table and set it on the floor. We made sure that the front frame’s pedals were clear so when people pedal their heels would not get caught.  With that, and just a bit of reassembly, the trike frame is ready to ride. And that was it!"

Steve teaches welding and metal shop classes and is the organizer of NextFab’s welding club. You can often find Steve buzzing around the metal shop.

Zoom in on pictures to see the full slideshow.

Topics: philadelphia, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, nextfab, kinetic-sculpture-derby, fabrication, kensington

Learn Grasshopper: Flexible Geometry through Visual Coding

Posted by admin

Apr 4, 2013 10:34:00 AM



NextFab Studio will be offering a two day Grasshopper workshop with artist and designer Chris Landau.
This two day course will cover the basics of Grasshopper, including practical applications like preparing geometry for prototyping and touch on artistic aspects of this powerful software.
This workshop is open to NextFab’s members and non-members. A working knowledge of Rhino is strongly recommended. Space is limited.

You can find out more information HERE.

Topics: workshop, grasshopper, philadelphia, olin, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, nextfab

Featured NextFab Member—Laate Olukotun

Posted by admin

Apr 2, 2013 2:42:33 PM

We think you should meet Laate Olukotum — a creative guy and an all around great person anyone would be lucky to meet and know.

We recently ran a featured profile story on him on our website. You can read the full story here.

Thanks, Laate, for being awesome!


Topics: Uncategorized, featured-member, nextfab-studio, nextfab

Weekly Staff Picks, November 4, 2012

Posted by admin

Nov 4, 2012 1:24:19 PM

Topics: simulation, nfs, solar-power, alternative-fuel, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, audio, super-computer, augmented-reality, nextfab, microcontroller, disney


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