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NextFab Sculpts Adaptable Affection for Visit Philadelphia

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jun 22, 2016 11:38:51 AM


xotitlered.jpgYou've probably seen the billboards, "With Love, Philadelphia, XOXO," part of a campaign for to promote travel and tourism in and around Philadelphia. You may have also seen the red "XOXO" at 30th street station or Independence Hall. This summer, NextFab is helping to spread the love by fabricating two event specific, mobile XOXO sculptures.

Topics: shopbot, woodwork

Geeking Out: How We Made the 2015 Geekadelphia Trophies

Posted by Anders Uhl

Sep 10, 2015 11:50:04 AM


"I knew the minute I held this award that it wasn't going to be just a piece of decoration for my room (although, it does look awesome with the lights and all). It would demand responsibility." - Ather Sharif, 2015 Geek of the Year

Topics: electronics, 3d, 2d, design, shopbot, corian

Skate Park Meets Conceptual Art

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jul 24, 2015 10:11:01 AM


 If you've passed by Paine's Park recently you have likely noticed the two large gray structures that have taken residence there. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's outdoor exhibition  Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space, comissioned British artist Jonathan Monk to create the two skateable sculptures. The sculptures reference artist Sol Lewitt's installations in the nearby Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, Pyramid  and Steps.

Topics: shopbot

Making a Tiny, 3D-Scanned Sculpture Larger Than Life

Posted by Anders Uhl

Jun 29, 2015 9:04:58 AM

Poseidon with Brandon Boulden

Visitors to NextFab's Washington Avenue 3D room may have noticed an enormous head of Poseidon, just above the entry,  presiding over the 3D printers and lasers.  The sculpture is the work of NextFab's own Brandon Boulden, Manager of Laser Processes, 3D Imaging & 3D Printing.

Topics: 3d, nextengine, 3d-scanning, shopbot

3D Printing David Pogue's Face

Posted by Angie Hilem

Oct 3, 2014 11:44:40 AM

Want to see the cool things David Pogue, technology columnist for Yahoo Tech, CBS News, and Scientific American, did on his recent visit to NextFab?

Watch this short video by Kurtis Sensenig for a glimpse of the fun we had.

We used a 3D scanner to scan David's face and create a 3D computer file. Then, we incorporated a digital CNC, which means computer numerical control, system. Our ShopBot, which is a CNC router, carved out a replica of his visage from high-density foam. The same 3D file was used to create a 3D printed model of his face!



Topics: 3d-modeling, 3d-scanning, 3d-printing, shopbot, cnc, Video

American Medium Kickstarter!

Posted by Yulia Novozhilova

Feb 19, 2014 3:40:00 PM

After two years of exhibitions, American Medium is opening a permanent Gallery and Production House in Brooklyn, NY. And they need your help!



Topics: shopbot, kickstarter, cnc

ShopBot Class 2/18 Taught By Lewis

Posted by admin

Feb 20, 2012 5:47:00 PM

Thank you everyone who attended the ShopBot Class on Saturday. It was a great turn out. The class was full!! I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

Taught by our ShopBot Master Lewis Colburn. He talks a lot with his hands.

In this class, the students get hands-on training on how to operate the ShopBot (CNC router).

As a part of the training, you get to run the machine to cut out some cool shapes using the ShopBot.

I guess everyone passed the test. I hope you all come back soon to use the ShopBot for your own project!!!

Topics: lewis, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, shopbot, nextfab, cnc-mill, cnc

"The Helm"

Posted by admin

Jan 6, 2012 6:19:41 PM

I took on a challenge to create a pirate ship steering wheel. I wanted to give land lovers the powerful feeling of a captain steering their ship. Though this project is ongoing and ever changing, “The Helm” has been installed twice, each time adding additional pieces to further push the illusion of steering a ship on land.

The next step for “The Helm” will be to create bone structures (carved out of foam) to fill in the rectangular wooden ligatures. “The Helm” also has slots to insert lights to encourage people walking by to play with it.

I designed the wheel in Rhino and then brought the design to the ShopBot CNC Router. The base of the wheel was layered with different patterns to allow knobs to be lamented in. The knobs were also created by laminating wood together and milling them out on the ShopBot. The base of “The Helm” was designed to look as if it were the deck of a pirate ship. I made sure that the base had enough structural integrity to allow people to stand on it and also hold the wheel’s weight. The wheel is attached to the vertical bracing of the deck with two block pillows. A 1” steel rod, held on by shaft collars extends through “The Helm” and both block pillows.


Topics: project, Uncategorized, shopbot, nextfab

Weekly Staff Picks, October 22, 2011

Posted by admin

Oct 23, 2011 3:14:42 PM

Our Staff Picks for this week include woodworking, CNC, PhotoShop instruction and fashion.   We hope you enjoy them.

When to use Opacity versus Fill in PhotoShop   For all you photoshop geeks I must share this one, because for many years, I just couldn’t tell the difference. Why would they even put it there? Now I know!!! - Yulia

Scintillating CNC Zonahedral Structures: The Zome from Robert Bell   “The Zome is a creation of Rob Bell…and is one of the most ingenious structures of modern geometric times.   The complex, fluid shapes are designed in SketchUp, cut out flat [on a ShopBot], and put together with nothing but time, sweat, sandwich breaks and large mallets.” - Alex

Expanding Round Table   This is a video of a round table that expands.   This is extremely creative woodworking. - Brandon

Master hat designer Elvis Pompilio goes 3D printing   3D printed high fashion hat.   This is something that could not have been made with traditional methods.   Yes, it is THAT awesome. - Alex

Carbon Fiber Porsche 911   This maker takes a modern car and improves upon it by replacing the steel body with a carbon fiber one. - Gregg

Topics: porsche, carbon-fiber, photoshop, 3d-printing, Uncategorized, woodworking, shopbot, nextfab, cnc

Edaphic Effects—PEG office of landscape + architecture

Posted by admin

Oct 14, 2011 7:51:00 PM

A beautiful model by Keith VanDerSys.

Thanks for the comment Keith! 

The model is direct milled plaster using a 3-axis mill. Surface profile slope determined mill path contour spacing. NextFab milled the model. They are a fabulous open membership prototyping center in Philadelphia—highly recommended. 

Topics: grasshopper, model, rhino, Uncategorized, shopbot, nextfab


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