Attention all NextFabbers!
This is your opportunity to show off your propjects or ideas and get feedback from fellow members, NextFab expert staff and folks in similar industries. Don't be shy. We won't bite you.
Is your project unfinished? Perfect. This will be your chance to ask experts for suggestions and recommendations.
Meet other designers/creators and get to know them in person
Each presenter will have 15 mins to talk about their project followed by a brief Q&A session. Presentation slots are open to all level NextFab members (Standard, Weekend, Community). Slots are limited. If you are interested in presenting, please to reserve your slot today!
Non-members are welcome to participate as audience.
Have you ever run into legal questions while working on a project, but never got the chance to talk to a lawyer? Maybe you're considering applying for a patent? Have IP law questions? Or are starting your own business?
This is your chance to get quick answers to the legal questions you always wanted to ask! IP law specialist Francis X. Taney, Jr. is generously offering to sit down with NextFab members to give free legal consultations.
For more information about Mr. Taney please visit http://www.stevenslee.com/taney-fx.html.
This is a free event.
Hurry up and reserve your spot -- only a few are available!
Let's Make Something with Sugru:
Instructables has generously offered to sponsor a Build Night in partnership with Sugru, the exciting new self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It molds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight.
There will be an ample supply of Sugru for you to play with. All you need to bring with you is your creativity and enthusiasm, and maybe other kinds of materials you would like to work with.
Join NextFab for the last Social of the Summer!
Sure, Autumn doesn't officially begin until September 22nd but as far as we are concerned summer ends on Labor Day. So what better way to say so goodbye to this long, lazy season then by spending an evening outdoors!
This month's social will be taking place at Morgan's Pier, a lovely bar that sits on the Delaware River in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Come spend an evening with the rest of the NextFab community under the stars.
**Please note: NextFab will be closing at 6pm for this event.
This event is open to all. You can register below.
Thinking of participating in the Yards Tap Handle Throwdown competition, but need to brush up your prototyping skills? Have a great idea, but no access to tools, or space to make it real? Want a little help from a skilled fabricator? This might be exactly what you are looking for...
NextFab proudly announces "Build your tap handle by hand!" workshop. It will take place on Saturday the 17th of August at 3pm.
Prepare to use your very own hands, foam, rasps, craft knives, putty, sandpaper and desire to get dirty!
We will provide:
Foam bricks for carving
mounting hardware for your tap handle (to attach it to a tap)
woodworking hand tools
plenty of space in our fully equipped wood shop
We’ll help you get through shaping, installing the hardware, puttying, and sanding, and tips on painting. You can paint and apply the secret mojo when you get home!
Limit is 12 people. Admission is $5.
For the glory!
For NextFab's August Build night, Instructables is partnering with Jameco, a leading electronic components distributor. At the event we will build projects using parts from a Jameco electronics kit that includes:
This introductory workshop will expose participants to a variety of basic leatherworking tools and techniques and give them a solid base for further exploration of this craft. The first session of this workshop will primarily deal with leather preparation, tooling, lacing, and finishing through brief lectures and demonstrations. In the second session partcipants will be able to choose and complete one of two leather projects from start to finish and take home what they create.
Participants in this workshop will learn a variety of techniques including: pattern transfer, pattern carving and pattern stamping.
This workshop will run 3-4 hours in total. The first hour will be dedicated to discussing the carving and stamping tools included in the leather working kits with short follow-along demos. The following 2-3 hours will be dedicated to completing one of the featured projects. When the workshop is complete, students will get to keep their leather working kits from the class, and will have the opportunity to complete 3 other projects included in the kit at home.
This is a great opportunity for local designers, inventors, artists, Etsyists, and anyone who likes to MAKE things. Bring your project, finished or unfinished, share your concept and thoughts with fellow makers in town! Come meet the special guests (local shop owners, buyers, curators, etc...) who will be able to share their insights: show off your work and get connected!!
This event is open to the public and anyone with/without a project is welcome to attend!
Have a project to present? Please RSVP by September 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured Designer / Artists
Miguel Antonio Horn will be talking about his studio, Traction Company and how his experience at NextFab has shaped some of his latest work. He will be talking about how different technologies at NextFab were used for creative publicity at the exhibitions over the past couple years. He will bring in one or two artworks as well.
Bevan Weissman will be presenting about a project he has been working on called "Culture Tap".
Laureen Griffin will be talking about designing light fixtures and laser cut lampshades. She will bring in the lamp she designed and built back in the fall of 2010 as part of her NextFab Studio Residency.
Also, Laureen will be talking about her experience designing on her iPad using apps iDraw and Procreate. Procreate to sketch and iDraw for creating vector patterns for laser cutting. Simple designs can be used for creating lampshades, mylar stencils, etc.
This six week series of classes focuses on the practical and business skills needed to build and sustain a professional studio practice. It addresses specific demands outside of working in the studio and making art and concentrates on the development of presentation and promotional materials for your professional profile.
These materials include artist/work statements, documentation of work, resume/bio/CV and submission/applications. There will be a focus on research for and outreach to available opportunities along with creating new ones.
Learn to present your work in the best possible light – other areas of focus will include writing about your work, photographing your work, preparing for an up-to-date website, record keeping, taxes, pricing work, and other business related skills.
Shelley Spector is an artist, curator and teacher. She creates multidisciplinary works that explore themes including communal and personal identity, perception, transformation and the environment. Her work is part of many collections including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. Spector has received grants from the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Leeway Foundation. She founded SPECTOR Gallery/Projects, working outside the traditional gallery system to champion new talent and concepts. An offshoot of this is Artjaw,com, an online anthology of first person stories from the Philadelphia art community. She teaches at University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art and Moore College of Art.
If you were thinking about heading up to NYC for MakerFaire 2013 this is your chance.
Join NextFab Studio on Saturday, September 21st, for an action packed day of DIY/Maker Community interaction.
A fully equipped chartered bus will leave NextFab Studio, 2025 Washington Ave, at 8am with return departure from NYC at 7pm. Taking a bus is an easy and affordable way to get to NYC and a great opportunity to interact with local makers.
As always this year’s MakerFaire NYC event will host a number of awesome interactive exhibits and presentations. Check out the day’s schedule at MakerFaire NYC 2013 schedule. The event will also feature some of the maker community’s most innovative minds. A full list can be found at MakerFaire Meet The Makers.
Ticket price is only $50/member and $75/non-member. The price includes transportation and admission ticket to MakerFaire 2013.
This event is open to the general maker community.
Unlike traditional screenprinting, which can be messy and impractical for prototyping, Lumi’s process of harnessing the power of the sun to activate a photo-dye allows designers to make professional style prints on natural fabrics without costly tooling. At the event we will learn more about this process and make customized t-shirts by utilizing these fabrication tools.
LUMI PROVIDED MATERIALS:
(1) Print Fabric with Light Kit
(1) 16 oz bottle of Inkodye
The event is free of charge and open to the public. Space is limited, so register today!
What to bring:
Here are some links for more information and ideas on this innovative fabrication process to help get you in the mood for the build night:
ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS
Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. In return, the participating organizasions will work with attendies to create step-by-step instructions to be posted on Instrucatables website.
We are very excited to see a lot of you, textile and screen printing lovers, at this event.
5:30-6:00 PM Registration / Networking
6:00-7:00 PM 3D Printing - Killer Applications Driving Design and Development
Forget about how the technology works - we're going to tell you about the business impact. We'll share real world applications to design and manufacturing - what our customers have learned and why they can no longer live without 3D printing, from prototyping to tooling, jigs and fixtures.
7:00-7:45 PM Make Something at Philadelphia’s “Gym for Innovators”
NextFab Studio cultivates a diverse community of creative, intelligent, entrepreneurial people like you! NextFab Studio is a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center - an engine of tomorrow’s creative economy featuring a collaborative workspace with cutting edge tools, expert staffing, 3D printers, computer controlled machine tools, software, electronic workbenches, classes, workshops, and friendly and affordable consulting services. Join us for a site tour highlighting workshop capabilities and membership options.
Evan Malone, President, NextFab Studio
7:45-8:30 Networking / Q&A
Please register here.
NextFab Studio will be hosting an open house in celebration of National Manufacturing Day. There will be tours every 30 minutes from 10am to 5pm which will also include technology/machine demonstrations throughout the day.
At 11.30am NextFab will be hosting Councilman Bobby Henon of Philadelphia's 6th district and a group of local high school robotics students. The group will explore the applications of advanced design and prototyping techniques.
Fine decorative finishes can raise a piece of metalwork to high craft. By understanding the interaction of surface and finish it is possible to add real beauty and value to your work.
NextFab, DuPont™, & CH Briggs Company have come together to host an exciting hands-on demonstration workshop. This demonstration will provide a unique opportunity to explore the versatile potential of Corian® for both horizontal and vertical applications. Join us in creating with DuPont™ Corian®!
Refreshments will be served. Dress casual. Closed toe shoes are required. You will be in the shop doing some fabrication work.
"And , the Winner is..."
Flex your democratic muscle by voting for the best tap handle. Then celebrate the winning design while enjoying a craft brew from Philadelphia's favorite local brewery.
The winning design will not only be spotlighted at this gala event but it will be featured prominently at bars throughout the city.
The winning designer will not only receive the admiration of their fellow beer drinkers, but also the the following great prizes:
6 Tuesdays : October 22nd - November 26th, 7PM-9PM
Join us for our very first industrial design course at NextFab Studio with renowned industrial designer, Peter Bressler!
This 6-part course is an introduction to industrial design that will take you through the entire design process, including: research, feature analysis, need identification, ideation, concept sketching, modeling, prototyping, critique, and refinement.
Participants will design a new coat hook using an iterative process, while considering the goals of functionality, usability, aesthetics, ease of installation and manufacture.
October 22nd : Introduction to industrial design, coat hanger project, ideation
October 29th : Product research, feature analysis, design criteria, concept sketching
November 5th : Concept presentation, rough manual modeling, 2D and 3D design
November 12th: Analysis, critique, correction and refinement
November 19th : Presentation skills, prototype production and finishing
November 26th : Final presentation and critique
Peter Bressler is an Industrial Designer with over 40 years of experience in functional innovation, creating communication through aesthetics, and application of human factors and materials and manufacturing processes. From 1970 through 2012 he founded and led Bresslergroup, a product research, design and development firm in Philadelphia. The firm's projects have received over 50 Awards for design and engineering and Peter himself has either authored or coauthored over 75 utility and design patents.
His participation as an officer at the national level in the Industrial Designers Society of America has resulted in election to the Academy of Fellows and receipt of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Peter participated in the creation of and since 2006 has been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania..
Under the banner of PBressler, LLC, Peter is now providing product design & development consulting and Intellectual property expert witness services.
This course is limited to 10 people, members only. Not a member? Select the "Admission + 3 Month Membership" ticket and receieve a 3 month membership to NextFab Studio as well as admission to Peter Bressler's course (a $937 value)!