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Weekly Staff Picks, September 23, 2012

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Sep 23, 2012 1:18:46 PM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   Aviation, Art, Crocheting, 3D Printing and Woodworking are what we have for today.   We hope you enjoy them!

Reuters   Jet aircraft running on sawdust or straw?   Sustainable fuel for Turbine and Jet powered vehicles. - Gregg

treehugger   A crocheted playground! - Brandon

Cargocollective   Lots of cool concept art by Scott Robertson (see also: Design Studio Press). - Alex

core77   CNC milled and 3D printed Fisher Price records. - Christine

Inspir3d   Is it melting wood? - Brandon

Topics: nfs, crochet, sustainable-fuel, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, woodworking, cnc-milling, nextfab, art, aviation

Weekly Staff Picks September 16, 2012

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Sep 16, 2012 2:05:42 PM

Topics: motion-control, nfs, awards, Uncategorized, machining, nextfab, medical, aviation

Weekly Staff Picks, September 2, 2012

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Sep 2, 2012 10:00:07 AM

Topics: electronics, human-powered-flight, nfs, sustainability, Uncategorized, optics, nextfab, quadrotor, cnc, resistors, wood-pulp

Pocket Grill Now On Sale!

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Aug 27, 2012 3:43:00 PM

Bashpole Inventions is one of the first Founding Members of NextFab, where they developed and prototyped their project: The Pocket Grill. It is the first full-size grill that folds small enough to fit in a pocket. Now Pocket Grill is in production and available for purchase! It has been a pleasure to witness the entire process of what was just a doodle on paper become a real product being sold. We are so proud to be part of this process!

For more information, please visit their website.

Have a great idea? Why not make it real? It might turn it into a great success one day!

Bashpole inventions made several prototypes before he arrived at the final design. Below are some images of earlier versions. 

And the following images are of the current production model, available online: 

As you can see, the current production model is much more solid and sophisticated. Congratulations for making this happen and good luck in sales! 

Thank you, Jay Olman, for sharing this with us. 

If you have any questions regarding this product, please visit their website

Topics: prototype, outdoor, Uncategorized, pocket-grille, nextfab, jay-olman

Weekly Staff Picks, August 26, 2012

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Aug 26, 2012 1:12:00 PM

Here are our Weekly Staff Picks for this week.   We hope you enjoy them.  

Solidsmack   Multicolor FDM! - Alex

GrabCad   How good are you at telling real photos apart from renders? - Alex

Tormach   2D scanning with a USB camera attached to a CNC mill. - Alex

Wired   Conjuring Truly Random Numbers Just Got Easier. - Gregg

Slate   Scientists have solved the Pioneer Space Probe Mystery. - Gregg

Topics: Uncategorized, pioneer-space-probe, milling, fdm, nextfab, randon-numbers, renders, cnc

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 22, 2012

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Jul 22, 2012 9:44:42 AM

Here are our staff picks for this week. We have Science and the Arts covered with 3D printing, green automotive, Maker Movement, Arduino and general electronics. We hope you enjoy them!

The Roopod   A home made vehicle that’s street legal and gets 78 mpg. - Gregg

Friction welding   Very hot stuff.   This shows the power of friction. - Matt

CNN Idea Series   What if you could make anything you wanted? - Gregg

The Diyode Board is designed to assist beginners to the Arduino platform. - Gregg   This is a good site for electronics hobbyists. - Gregg  

Topics: electronics, nfs, alternative-engery, arduino, maker, Uncategorized, automotive, nextfab, welding, microcontroller

New Grommet Press!

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Jul 19, 2012 3:44:00 PM

Check out our new tool, the Stimpson 405 Bench Press.

The press boasts a heavy-duty aluminum frame, interchangeable tools, and high quality results that parallel work done by large automatic machines. It works well with most fabrics and vinyls, and is great for projects that call for setting eyelets, grommets, washers, and snaps.

Topics: tools, philadelphia, sign-making, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, nextfab, textiles, diy

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

Atomic Robotics & NextFab: RedBull Creation 2012

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Jul 9, 2012 1:44:18 PM

Atomic Robotics was selected to participate in the open ended RedBull Creation 2012 challenge. The schedule was extremely accelerated and a video of the project needed to be uploaded by July 3rd. They pushed hard to pull together parts for a marathon weekend build at NextFab. Congratulations on a job well done!

The RedBull balloon sticker was made on our Roland VersaCamm. 

Topics: redbull, atomic-robotics, redbull-creation, robotics, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, nextfab, diy


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