WhiteSpace Labs has been a NextFab incubator resident since April 2013. Tony Sacksteder, founder of WhiteSpace, says he chose NextFab in part because of “the exposure to equipment and access to human skills.”
“I was surprised by the quality and knowledge of the staff and some of the community members – it’s been fertile ground for the exchange of ideas,” Sacksteder says.
There’s a personal element to Sacksteder’s location, as well. A trained artist who ran a sculpture studio in years past, he says he always thought “it would be a wonderful idea to have a collaborative artist workspace,” but noted the cost of such space and materials is often prohibitive for artists. “Unfortunately, I shied away from that when I realized that would become my work, not the art. I’m glad to see Evan [Malone, founder of NextFab] has taken up that case in a modern sense…For me, this felt like a natural fit.”
“I had been watching NextFab since you were in West Philly,” Tony Sacksteder says with a grin. “I’ve always been interested in this type of facility.”