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The Thrill of Invention

Posted by Anders Uhl

Aug 19, 2015 10:38:00 AM


Designer/Builder Jesse Frome uses mechanical engineering to build unique, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces with organic, biomorphic forms. Getting his business off of the ground has involved building mechanical jigs for NextFab's tools in order to rapidly prototype his designs. And Frome has accelerated his iterations by receiving feedback from the vast network of expertise in the NextFab community of staff, members and residents.

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Weekly Staff Picks, November 4, 2012

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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

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

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

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 June 10, 2012

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Jun 10, 2012 10:11:44 AM

Here are our Weekly Staff Picks for this week.

3D Scan Your Head and use it as a Chess Piece   An example of using the new technology for 3D scanning by Autodesk 123D. - WanTing

Tim Cook’s US Manufacturing Reality Distortion Field   Interesting article discussing whether Apple can’t (or won’t) do more manufacturing in the US. Normally, people cite China’s subsidized labor wages and favorable tax policies are cited as the major reasons, but the author make some convincing counter-examples:

I’ll leave the subject with one last counter-argument to this tale of how woefully inadequate US manufacturing is to the task.   Take a look at Germany.   By all accounts it should be far less competitive than the US in manufacturing.   Taxes are worse.  Regulations are worse.  Wages are higher.  Yet, Germany’s manufacturing economy thrives.” - Alex

Mechanical Principles (1930) by Ralph Steiner   It’s like the movie Metropolis, but with gears! - Seth

Roominate: Make It Yours   Customizable dollhouse toy for lil’ gals. - Christine

Tron News   Listen to two full albums of Draft Punk songs, remixed as Nintendo soundtracks. - Brandon

Topics: nfs, mechanical-principles, 3d-scanning, apple, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, nintendo, dollhouse, nextfab, tim-cook, mechanisms, chess

Weekly Staff Picks June 3, 2012

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Jun 3, 2012 10:20:15 AM

Tiny Chip Inserted in the Sole of a Shoe Can Charge the Wearer’s Cell Phone   Say what?   Charge your cell phone as you walk?   It’s the future, indeed. - Christine

Paradoxical gears have a complex shape with multiple lobes that exert pressure on the lobes of meshing gears, allowing for some interesting behavior.   These gears are often called “paradoxical gears” due to the fact that in some configurations, all of the gears rotate in the same direction (it’s easier to see in the videos than to explain in words).   The original design is credited to a Renault engineer named Mercier (the gears were needed for the torque-limiting Mercier differential).   Perhaps the most impressive thing is that such complex shapes were designed before the advent of modern CAD/CAM, most likely through the solving of some very complex equations.   [Bonus link - print your own paradoxical gears!] - Alex

Progressive Cavity Pump   An interesting wikipedia article about a type of pump most people may not have heard of.   The design uses two fairly complex shapes, one which rotates eccentrically inside of the other one.   This particular design is useful for applications which require either a consistent flow rate, or liquids/slurries that require low levels of shear stress. - Alex

The Return of the Vacuum Tube   The New Vacuum Tubes. - Gregg

Colossal   A cathedral made of lights - Brandon

Topics: gears, nfs, alternative-energy, vacuum-tube, Uncategorized, cell-phone, nextfab, pump, led

Weekly Staff Picks May 27, 2012

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May 27, 2012 10:20:00 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.   Sciences and art converge again.   

Bio Computer   Using a PC’s waist heat to help wheatgrass germinate.   Thinking inside the box. - Gregg

Superplastic Forming Aluminum   Short video showing a process called superplastic forming - in this case of aluminum.   Essentially, the material is heated to a high temperature, allowing it to be formed with methods typically used on plastics.   In the video, the aluminum sheet is heated to about 900F before being formed over a tooling die.   The pressure is applied from above with a bladder filled with compressed nitrogen. - Alex

FreshFiber   Really cool iPhone/iPad cases. All the products are 3D printed in Nylon, allowing for personalizations like including your name. - Alex

f.lux   Software to help you feel comfortable in front of your computer. - Brandon

Topics: horticulture, nfs, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, superplastic, software, nextfab, metal-forming


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Welcome to the NextFab Blog, where we discuss the ideas changing the world as we know it. Step inside the revolutionary world of 3D Printing technology, traditional and Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machinery, innovation and imagination.



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