Last December, the intrepid Ellen Marshall and I toured the NextFab Studio located at 2025 Washington Street in Philadelphia. Our purported mission was to learn about 3D printing, which we did. But the tour, led by NextFab head of Institutional Relations Alex Kaplan, got to see all the facilities and equipment available to people who join the Studio and take the requisite safety and beginning classes.
What I did not know was that in addition to providing facilities for members, giving classes and sponsoring community outreach programs, NextFab is a for-profit organization that provides technical consulting, custom fabrication and prototyping services to businesses and individuals. For more information, press here.
Bukito 3D printer
3D printed City Hall
More 3D printed items including the face in the corner
Giant 3D printer used for industrial applications
Wide format 2D digital printer
Solar system picture printed in wide format
NextFab also offers woodworking and metal fabrication facilities, and an electronics lab.
Alex Kaplan in the Wood Shop holding a cutting board from a beginner’s wood shop safety class that members have to take before they are allowed to work independently. My friend Patty has joined NextFab and reports that these beginning safety workshops are also project oriented which is great because not only do you learn about safety in the shop and how to use tools properly, you also come away with a nifty item you made yourself.
To learn more about NextFab, go to their blog or website, take one of their classes offered to the public or take a tour of their facilities.