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**NextFab Logo Latte ART **

Posted by admin

Mar 10, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Thank you David from Good Karma Cafe!! We collaborated on creating a latte art of our NextFab logo. The logo came out so nicely. Plus, it was fun!! I am so pleased with the result. This was a bit more tricky than I thought it would be… It took a few tries to get it to work.

Here is the trick. We laser cut the stencil with our Trotec 500. We tweaked our logo so it can be cut in to a stencil without losing elements. With stencils, you cannot have free floating elements (or they won’t stay on). You have to make sure all the elements are connected.

We used cinnamon powder to sprinkle over the stencil to get the image. You can also do this with other powder toppings like cocoa powder, nutmeg, etc…One thing you should know is that the surface of the froth should be as close to the top of the cup as possible without touching the stencil to get the most detail and clean edges.

Voila!! Thanks to all the staff at Good Karma for helping me out with this. I’m really happy with the result. I can’t wait to do other images!

Topics: cafe, coffee, stencil, trotecspeedy500, Uncategorized, latte, logo, trotec, nextfab, art, good-karma, nextfaf-studio, david, latte-art

Safety Glasses Holder 5000

Posted by admin

Sep 29, 2011 7:08:00 PM

Sounds of plastic clattering on the floor got you down?

Tired of losing eyes day in and day out for lack of proper eye wear?

Unable to balance the stresses of a hectic work day AND balancing safety glasses on a poorly designed rack?

Then NextFab has a solution for you.

We would like to introduce to you…the Safety Glasses Holder 5000! (pictured below)


NOW in BLUE!!!

Disclaimer: Safety glasses holder should not be used to protect eyes from flying bits or saucers. Do not wear holder on top of head. Holder may be used as a floatation device in case of a water landing. Offer not valid where prohibited. Terms and conditions may apply.

This piece is the first of what we can assume to be many well designed and crafted projects from one of our newest employees, Carter Banks. Carter will be posting shortly to introduce himself and tell a little bit about the experience of making everyone’s lives here just a little better. Stay tuned for more improvements and witty remarks as more fun and interesting changes take place around the studio.

Topics: project, laser, acrylic, Uncategorized, trotec, nextfab, fabrication, safety


Posted by admin

Jul 23, 2011 1:40:00 PM


Our new Trotec Speedy300 flexx Laser Cutter/Engraver is here!

Topics: laser-engraver, laser-etcher, hybrid-laser, fiber-laser, Uncategorized, trotec, nextfab, laser-cutter

More Classes

Posted by admin

Jul 18, 2011 2:30:00 PM

I have taken more classes.   I have taken the first part of the Trotec Laser Cutter/Engraver class, the first part of the TorchMate CNC Plasma Cutter class and the first part of the ShopBot class.   Each of these machines is a fantastic tool.  

All of these machines are software controlled so time is spent learning how to use the software.   Adobe Illustrator, which is available on our computers, can be used to create 2D engrave-able images for cutting out or engraving on the Trotec and TorchMate.  

In the Trotec Laser class, one of our members made a business card out of MDF particleboard and another engraved on a piece of plastic.   We were shown how to go through the process of setting up our files and how to set up the Trotec for different materials.   We were also told of the hazards associated with this machine and how to avoid crashing the bed into the laser.   There is a tray of sample materials to touch and look though with setting information.  

With the TorchMate we did not make anything, that is for the second class.   While we focused on the software, the instructor did demonstrate how to inspect the machine for wear and how to replace those parts as well as how to change the different pieces for different settings for different materials.

In the ShopBot class, after being shown how to use some features of the software, two of the members made engraved cutting boards.   The ShopBot now has a vacuum bed to hold work pieces in place and there is some experimentation going on with this.   It is being improved by our staff.   It’s very cool.  

I definitely have some ideas to put these tools to work.  

Topics: adobe-illustrator, laser-engraver, laser-etcher, torchmate, Uncategorized, shopbot, trotec, laser-cutter, plasma-cutter, cnc, illustrator

Laser Cut Shoes

Posted by admin

Jul 15, 2010 3:49:00 PM

I spied these laser cut shoes while doing my laser googling. These are from Anthropologie.

The last two are from Burberry.

I’m dying for somebody to make an awesome clutch like this on the Trotec.  Just sayin.

Posted by Stephanie

Topics: laser-engraver, Uncategorized, trotec

Laser Engraving Stone

Posted by admin

Jun 2, 2010 6:35:00 PM

Our laser can engrave on stone.  We can put up 67 lbs in the laser bed.  Follow the link below to see a cool Trotec video about stone engraving.

Laser Engraving Stone.

Posted by Stephanie

Topics: laser-engraver, Uncategorized, trotec


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