Photos from the game day, by Sean Carpenter.
Jul 18, 2013 2:30:00 PM
Photos from the game day, by Sean Carpenter.
Jul 10, 2013 3:35:49 PM
Two of the best things in life: making things with your hands and great beer. We’ve found a way to combine both into one glorious competition! Philadelphia’s own NextFab Studio and Yards Brewing Company are teaming up for the Tap Handle Throwdown! This contest, which is part of the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, is designed to show off the creativity of beer fans across this great city as you compete to design and build a unique tap handle worthy of dispensing Yard’s finest to the awestruck drinkers at bars all across Philadelphia.
Your winning tap handle would not only garner the adoration of your fellow Philadelphians but you can win some pretty awesome stuff along with it: a gift card from Yards, an afternoon at the Yards tasting room, and six month NextFab membership for starters.
You can find out everything and anything you need to about the throwdown here.
To get everyone in the right mindset for creating their tap handle masterpiece we will be holding this month’s NextFabulous Social at the Yard’s Tasting Room. There will be tours of the brewery, beer tastings, and happy hour specials. Everyone is invited to belly up to the bar and learn more about Philadelphia’s favorite craft brewery.
The beer will be flowing Thursday July 18th from 6pm to 9pm. You can rsvp for the event here.
Jun 8, 2013 8:26:00 AM
My name is Connor McGoey. I am an industrial designer and I work at NextFab as a technical supervisor. Here is one of my personal projects I’ve recently completed at NextFab.
The legs were salvaged from a discarded kitchen/dining room table. I used a chop saw to cut the legs to a desired length. I then marked and cut out notches for mounting the legs to the side of the table using a combination square for measurement. The marked cuts were cut using the band saw with use of the fence to achieve a strait cut. The legs were attached using wood glue and brad nails.
The body of the table is constructed of chipboard commonly used in exterior building construction prior to insulation and siding. The 1/2” piece of chipboard was cut to lengths using the Sawstop table saw. Construction of the body table was assembled using wood glue and 1” brad nails. Lastly the table top/window frame was sanded using and palm sander with an 80 grit sanding pad to remove decades of old paint. The top was mounted using hinges at the rear as well tension hinges mounted on the left and right hand exterior sides to prevent the lid from slamming shut. The piece will be finished with a nature nut oil to provide the lowest possible impact to the environment in it’s continuation toward it’s next life cycle.
What are you working on?
Apr 13, 2013 5:09:00 PM
Today, NextFab’s weld-master, Steve Webb, and his apprentice Jason Browne, provided a demonstration of rapid-sculpting of bike frames for a group of Philadelphians considering entering mobile sculptures into the upcoming Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby.
"After showing our visitors around the metal shop, we gave them an option of whether to make a tricycle or a parallel bike. They voted for the tricycle because it was more complex and would give them a chance to view a wider range of techniques. We took three bicycles to start with and we put them up on the welding table and lined them up and clamped them upright, in parallel. We pulled the one to the front to make a tricycle arrangement with our guests telling us how far forward to place the front frame. We cut the fourth bicycle frame apart with the oxy-acetylene torch and we took several pieces off of it for leaders to attach the front bike to the two parallel back bikes, and put these aside for later. Next, we cut a piece of square box tubing to go between the seat tubes of the second two bikes to hold them upright and apart from each other. We demonstrated how to MIG weld them by grinding off the paint first and then welding the corners. We demonstrated how to use a pneumatic die grinder to grind "fish mouths" into the two round tubes so they fit right against the side of another tube, just like a pipe fitter would do, and then showed how to weld around those joints. We took the assembled tricycle frame off the table and set it on the floor. We made sure that the front frame’s pedals were clear so when people pedal their heels would not get caught. With that, and just a bit of reassembly, the trike frame is ready to ride. And that was it!"
Steve teaches welding and metal shop classes and is the organizer of NextFab’s welding club. You can often find Steve buzzing around the metal shop.
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Apr 4, 2013 10:34:00 AM
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.
Apr 2, 2013 2:42:33 PM
We think you should meet Laate Olukotum — a creative guy and an all around great person anyone would be lucky to meet and know.
Thanks, Laate, for being awesome!
Nov 4, 2012 1:24:19 PM
Sep 23, 2012 1:18:46 PM
Here are our Staff Picks for this week. Aviation, Art, Crocheting, 3D Printing and Woodworking are what we have for today. We hope you enjoy them!
Reuters Jet aircraft running on sawdust or straw? Sustainable fuel for Turbine and Jet powered vehicles. - Gregg
treehugger A crocheted playground! - Brandon
Cargocollective Lots of cool concept art by Scott Robertson (see also: Design Studio Press). - Alex
core77 CNC milled and 3D printed Fisher Price records. - Christine
Inspir3d Is it melting wood? - Brandon
Sep 16, 2012 2:05:42 PM