NextFab North Philadelphia

I first wrote about NextFab, which offers membership-based maker spaces, when I toured a branch in South Philadelphia. They opened another branch in Philadelphia North American Street in 2020. North American Street, in the Kensington section of the city, continues to grow as an artist and maker mecca with its old factories and cheaper real estate. It’s already home to the Crane Arts Building, The Resource Exchange, ML Woodworking, and is soon to be home to The Clay Studio.

NextFab has a fiber and sewing studio

A 3D and laser printing workshop

A jewelry workshop

A wood shop

They also offer space for metal working and welding, electronics, and offer access to design software. Plus they offer business incubation services and product development assistance services. They offer different levels of membership for people who are interested in exploring what they have to offer and classes for all levels as well as basic safety instruction. To get started, read their FAQs and schedule a tour yourself.

Next Stop NextFab

NextFab

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.

Bukito3D

Bukito 3D printer

3Dprinted
3D printed items

3D printed 2

City Hall Model

3D printed City Hall

 

3d print labMore 3D printed items including the face in the corner

3d printerGiant 3D printer used for industrial applications

 

giant2DprinterWide format 2D digital printer

2d printSolar system picture printed in wide format

LaserPrinterLaser Printer

NextFab also offers woodworking and metal fabrication facilities, and an electronics lab.

Metalshop1Metal Shop

electrlabElectronics Lab

Alex Kaplan in the woodshop

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.