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Learn Grasshopper: Flexible Geometry through Visual Coding

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Apr 4, 2013 10:34:00 AM

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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

Build-Your-Own-3D-Printer Workshop

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May 21, 2012 6:29:00 PM

Want your own desktop 3D printer? We will give you a kit + teach you how to put it together, tune it, and to print parts! 



2-days workshop : 7/28-29, 8/11-12, or 8/25-26 (SAT&SUN)


SPACE LIMITED. Reserve your seats now!


In this class, you will be building a MendelMax 1.5, the most advanced version of the RepRap 3D printer. Since many parts of the RepRap are made from plastic, they can be printed on a RepRap, meaning the RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and some additional materials. It also means that - if you’ve got a RepRap - not only you can print out all sorts of fun stuff, you can also print all the plastic parts needed to make another RepRap for a friend, or use the knowledge to fix it, repair it, and 3D-print upgrades!!


PLUS: each 3D printer will come with a free licence of MOI v2, easy to use 3D modeling software. (a $295 value


We CARE about quality: we have built many 3D printer kits, and have concluded that this is the BEST value currently available, in terms of price, build volume, rigidity, precision. Each class will be limited to 7 kits to ensure everyone gets the attention you need.


All of our instructors from Hive76 have been working in this field since the beginning. We are passionate about 3D printing and commited to spreading the knowledge to everyone! 


During this class, you will build it, tune it, learn the software, and test print, all in one workshop! At the end of the workshop, you will walk out the door with a working 3D printer!  It’s a pretty time/labor intensive process, so get yourself ready! 


Day 1 : 10:00AM - 1:00PM Assembling Hardware 


            (Break: Lunch provided) 


            1:30PM - 9:00PM  Wiring Electronics


Day 2 : 10:00AM - 1:00PM  Software + Machine Tuning


            (Break: Lunch provided) 


            1:30PM - 8:00PM   3D Printing 


What to bring: 


- A laptop + powercord (OS X 10.6+ and Ubuntu 11.04+ are recommended for robotics control and 3D printing. Windows should work but due to the variability in Windows systems you may have some hurdles to getting the proper software installed. You will need Python v2.7+, the Arduino environment, and a few other bits.)


- Enthusiasm and a passion for learning and helping others learn.


- Bring your friends! (3 Students MAX per kit):  Bring a friend, a parent, your kids, anyone else you want to help you build your kit and learn all of its inner workings and how to fix it!


For more information please email itsuki.ogihara@nextfabstudio.com


About the instructors:



Jordan is a founding member of Hive76 in Philadelphia and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His research in the department of Bioengineering combines chemistry and rapid prototyping to direct cultured human cells to form more complex organizations of living vessels and tissues. Jordan has been in the 3D maker community since the beginning. He developed the MakerBot heated build platform at Hive76 and uses his MendelMax every day in the lab for biomedical research.


Christopher Thompson


Chris is a designer and digital artist in Philadelphia and a member of Hive76. He produces Creative Commons Licensed, digitally generated art and has designed and produced a few products such as the Math Clock and Meatcards. Chris is also a 3D printing aficionado and co-developed a new hobbed bolt for RepRap extruders which you will get as part of your MendelMax 1.5 Kit!


Topics: workshop, desktop, mendel, 3d-printing, reprap, opensource, Uncategorized, kit, mendelmax, hive76, nextfab

E-Textiles Workshop

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Nov 26, 2011 11:46:47 AM


We live in a world where you can order groceries to your doorstep, know what your friend in Taiwan is up to… and wear your electronics!






Want to learn about the world of e-textiles and start your own high-tech wardrobe?






Inspired by Leah Buechley, inventor of the Lilypad Arduino and director of MIT’s High-Low Tech research group, we are hosting a 2-day workshop that will teach you everything you need to know in order to make your own wearable electronics!


  • Day One, 12/10, 1:00PM - 5:00PM: We will learn about e-textiles materials and methods including: soft circuits, power, voltage, resistance, hand-sewing vs. machine sewing, conductive fabric, conductive thread, sewing LEDs, switches, sensors, plus examples of what you can do with these tools!



  • Day Two, 12/11, 1:00PM - 5:00PM: We will start with an intro to programming with Lilypad Arduino, and then we will work on individual projects. 


Find out more information and register here: E-Textiles 101.


Topics: workshop, electronics, e-textiles, lilypad, conductive-fabric, lilypad-arduino, arduino, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, leah-buechley, e-textiles-workshop, wearable-electronics, nextfab, textiles, high-low-tech

Digital Embroidery Workshop with Artist Shelley Spector

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Oct 11, 2011 4:54:00 PM



Since May of this year, Philadelphia sculptor, Shelley Spector has been Breadboard’s Artist in Residence at NextFab Studio. Using fabric cut from secondhand clothing and wood cast off from NextFab’s commercial projects, she has developed a colorful new body of work of digitally embroidered images in laser cut frames.


These new works, which will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery beginning February 2012, are the inspiration for a public workshop, which will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 1-4PM at NextFab Studio, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia.


Workshop participants will get to work side by side with Spector to create a piece using the digital sewing machine, (affectionately named Gwen) and the laser cutter (also known as Speedy). Each participant will get a take away piece of art designed by Spector that they will fabricate under the supervision of the artist and NextFab’s tech experts.


This free workshop includes a preview of Spector’s newest work and a tour of NextFab’s state of the art facilities. It is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is necessary - space is limited.


Spector is an artist, curator, editor and teacher. She has been working for more than 20 years, creating works of various media that most recently explore themes of money, relationships, tools of measurement and the environment. Her work has been exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Gallery Joe, Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition and The Print Center in Philadelphia, PA, and Delaware Center For Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. She is represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, where she has an upcoming show in January 2013.

Topics: workshop, project, sewing, philadelphia, laser, Uncategorized, breadboard, nextfab, art, laser-cutter, embroidery, fabrication, tech

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Jan 20, 2011 12:51:00 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uRmmhEo0Xw

We finally got our Morgan Press vertical injection molding machine running last night. Here is a quick video of the first parts to ever be injection molded at NextFab. Don’t ask what they are though (the mold came with the machine when we bought it used).



In the video, you can see the three stages of injection molding: Clamping, Injecting, and Part Removal.



The next step is to get our Morgan Press permanently connected to our shop air system in the workshop, at which point we’ll start designing our very first mold. I’ll be doing my best to document the whole process here. If you have any ideas for a simple, useful, and moldable part, leave them in the comments!

Topics: workshop, morgan-press, prototyping, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, injection-molding

    

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