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Bigger & Better : Grand Opening Party

Thanks to you, NextFab Has Grown Bigger and Better!
The NextFab community is barely 3 years old and already we've outgrown our original location. You deserve more, so NextFab is moving to a new home - 5 times larger, even more capable, and rededicated to helping you build your vision, build a business, and build a better economy! Please come and celebrate this exciting time  and see this gorgeous new facility! 
Only at the event: 
+ Facility Tours
+ New Capability Demonstrations: water jet cutting, CNC milling and turning, high-definition 3D printing, and much more!
+ Membership Special Offers
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Laser Love Wine Valentine at NextFab

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Looking for a unique, chic, romantic, and geeky way to start a memorable Valentine's Day evening?

Join NextFab founder Evan Malone and Jet Wine Bar proprietor Jill Weber for a fun and informative evening of love, lasers, and wine!
Your evening will begin with our professional photographer capturing your portrait.
Next, our expert staff will begin to laser-etch your portrait on a porcelain ceramic tile for a unique and indelible reminder of your romantic adventure.
While etching is underway, learn about the laser process and take a tour of NextFab's art and technology studio facilities hosted by Evan Malone. Then enjoy a mini-wine tasting hosted by Jill Weber, of Jet Wine Bar, and lounge while enjoying a glass of your favorite and a selection of premium cheeses. 
Early arrivals will be able to leave with their keepsake, while we'll ship or hold for pick-up for those who arrive later or need to leave early.
Two sessions will be held, one starting at 6pm and one at 7pm.
Limited to 5 couples per session, one ticket per couple, please.
Buy Tickets HERE
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Attention all NextFabbers! This is your opportunity to show off your projects or ideas and get feedback from fellow members, NextFab expert staff and folks in similar industries. Get started on your elevator pitch! 

Is your project unfinished? 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 contact us to reserve your slot today!

Non-members are welcome to participate as audience.

Eventbrite - SHOW & TELL

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NextFabulous Social

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It’s our very first Social at the new location. Over 50 people have joined us since we reopened! Come meet your fellow members, find out what other people are working on, and maybe meet a future project partner!
Beers and snack are on us.
We are welcoming all NextFab members; that includes Standard, Weekend, and Community members. We are looking forward to meeting you all! .

Eventbrite - NextFabulous Social

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Lunch with NextFab: Robots!

Make your lunch more interesting with robots!
Wednesday March 13, 2pm-3pm
2nd floor TV Lounge
Aerial Robots: The Present and Future is a webinar we here at NextFab are very excited about. Dr. Vijay Kumar of U Penn will be describing the challenges in developing small, agile robots, as well as his recent work in addressing these challenges. He's the author of some very interesting TED talks and we are excited to hear about his autonomous micro aerial robots.
This will be shown in our super comfortable upstairs TV lounge area. Bring your lunch! Stick around afterwards to discuss!
Pro-robot? Pro-human? Everyone is welcome!
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Creative Open House

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Registration
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Program

Working with clients requires an artful touch no matter the industry, but when the product you’re pushing also requires an artful eye, creative differences can drive a wedge between creator and client. Join the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia as we explore the creative process through conversational case studies, which designers will discuss how they make the creative process work with their clients. Live models will walk attendees through their work from the inception of the idea to its implementation. 

The Conversation: 
Drew Lynford, Lynford Wood Shop
Laate Olukotun, CEO & Creative Director, Lollygig LLC
Christine Zapata, NextFab Studio

The Moderator: 
Alex Hillman, Co-Founder, Indy Hall 

For more information, pricing or to register visit . For questions, email or call 215-790-3654. No email or telephone reservations please.


This event is presented by Arts and Business Coucil of Greater Philadelphia, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. 

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NextFabulous Social

It's time for the March Social! 

Every 3rd Thursday of the month, we wrap up work a little earlier than usual and get together for a beer and a snack with fellow NextFab folks. It's a NextFab tradition! 

This month we will be meeting in our neighborhood bar The Sidecar Bar & Grille.

Are you a new member? This is a great way to meet other members and staff, and find out who they are, what they are up to! You may find the perfect partner for the project you are working on! All membership types are welcome (Standard, Weekend and Community members).

The Sidecar has graciously extended their happy hour pricing until 9pm for our event. Great beer at a great price, how could anyone say no!

Please join us! 

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Lunch with NextFab: Mathematica!

High octane mathematical computing!

Wednesday March 27th, 1pm - 2pm 

2nd Floor TV Lounge

Mathematica Experts Live is an online event exploring Mathematica as a tool for high performance numerical computing. This event will present Mathmatica's powerful numerical capabilities for differential equation solving, optimization and special functions. 

Come take a break from your busy day with us! Then stick around afterwards to discuss sustainable energy with your fellow members!

This event is for NextFab members only. 

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Lunch with NextFab: Solar Power!

Come learn about solar power on your lunch break!

Thursday March 28th, 2pm - 3pm 

2nd Floor TV Lounge

Catching the Sun is a free webinar exploring a very green subject: solar power. It will feature innovators who are building and operating large-scale solar power plants that can make clean, emission-free electricity 24-hours a day. They will be sharing key insights into advances in concentrating solar power. 

Come take a break from your busy day with us! Then stick around afterwards to discuss sustainable energy with your fellow members!

This event is for NextFab members only. 

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Carnival After Dark

PSF2013 Kick-off Party @ NextFab

This year, NextFab is hosting the kick-off event of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. 

Science Carnival for Grown-ups

Close your eyes and imagine a science wonderland, with hands-on activities just for adults. Kick-off the 2013 festival with live science shows and demonstrations all tailored to adults. Check out NextFab's laser cutters and 3-D printers, breathe smoke like a dragon, and make cocktails out of specialty paper. Be there as Yards taps the official festival beer!


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PTW2013: Product Prototyping in 60 min

The tools required to design and prototype unique new products are friendlier and more accessible than ever before, so don't wait for others to turn your great idea into the next big thing.

In a step-by-step case study with live demonstrations, NextFab will show you how CAD3D printinglaser cuttingCNC machining, and Arduino microcontrollers are combined to make a complete personalized urban lifestyle product.

This event is a part of Philly Tech Week 2013, a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia. The annual week of events is intended to grow the impact of this innovative region through programming focused on technology, collaboration and improving Philadelphia.

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An Introduction to Mold Making and Casting

We are very excited to welcome Smooth-On to NextFab! 
If you ever had the desire to learn mold making come learn from the professionals!
Smooth-On will be presenting a seminar about mold making materials and processes on April 25th from 6pm - 9pm.
Topics to be covered include:
Different materials available for making rubber molds.
Proper model preparation.
Making Both Pourable And Brush-On Molds.
Mixing and Applying Mold Rubber.
Casting Materials Available For Casting To Make Reproductions.
Applications: How people use these materials for Sculpture, Architectural
Restoration, Ceramics, Making Prototypes, Casting Concrete, Special Effects
and more.
This event is open to the public but there is a fee for all non-members. 
Space is extremely limited so please register here.
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Camp ShopBot 2013

ShopBot is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials such as wood, plastics, aluminum and more. At NextFab, we do have a ShopBot and we LOVE it! 

It's great for rapid prototyping and production of small parts ready for assembly, as well as for cranking out repetitive parts or large components. 

ShopBot Tool, Inc., the maker of the ShopBot regularly holds Camp ShopBot for current and prospective users in different parts of the country and this year NextFab will be the host for the North East region. It's a great opportunity to share the knowledge and meet other fellow users and learn new tricks and tips. If you never had use it before, you'll find out all you need to know to get started. 

The highlight of the Camp will be the “Show and Tell”. Bring in something made using their ShopBot, and show-off your skill!

There will also be a discussion on how you might utilize a Shopbot in a business application, and if you are already doing so, you can hear from others how they have been able to keep their doors open in the current economy.

For specific questions, you can always contact the  directly. 


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Shark Tank Casting Call

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Shark Tank Casting Call in Philadelphia!

NextFab will be the host for one of the five nationwide casting calls for Shark Tank, the ABC hit entrepreneurship reality TV series. The first 500 entrepreneurs who show up are guaranteed to be seen by the “Shark Tank” casting team and will get to pitch their products, services or ideas.

You think you've got an idea for the Next Big Thing? Get ready. It’s your chance to pitch it to real VCs (venture capitalists).

For more info, please visit:

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May NextFabulous Social

It's time for another NextFabulous Social!

This time we are having it at the brand spankin new Lucha Cartel in Old City! We are excited to be hosting our event at this quirky Mexican themed bar. Heck...they even created a margarita just for our happy hour! 

Here are the festive drink specials: 
$3 off all Pitchers of Beer
$5 Next Fab Studio Margarita
$5 Tecate and shot of Tequila
$6 Jarritos Special Drinks

This event is open to everyone. Come meet other makers over margaritas and tequilla!

**Please note: NextFab will be closing at 6pm for this event.

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NextFabulous Social +Etsy Craft Party

NextFab, meet Etsy, Etsy, meet NextFab

NextFab and Etsy are a match made in heaven. There are quite a few NextFab members that are also Etsy users. How can we not love Etsy! We all love making things and buying things that are handmade, and we all love supporting small businesses and DIY culture.

NextFab is super excited to be hosting the Etsy Craft Party again this year! It will be coinciding with our monthly get-together: the NextFablous Social. It made perfect sense to combine the two into one.

Let's meet and greet fellow makers, crafters, and designers from around the city!

The theme for this year's party is COMMUNITY:

During the event we will work on a simple DIY Planter project. Materials and tools will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own supplies. You will be able to take your planter home with you at the conclusion of the event to share something green with your own community.

Other event highlights include:

  • Show & Tell
  • Leftover Material Give-Away
  • Project Swap

Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Please RSVP here

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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.

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July NextFabulous Social + Yards facility visit

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We've had ants in our pants lately when it comes to our monthly NextFabulous Social. We couldn't help but couple it with our Etsy Craft Party in June, and in July, we're taking over Yards Brewery, ripping out their taps, and putting in our own.
That's not entirely true, BUT, we are (very gratefully) hosting our July NextFabulous Social at the Yards Brewery in Northern Liberties in conjunction with the Tap Handle Throwdown. Full details on the competition are available on our website, but we're excited to provide participants the opportunity to meet each other and talk to some of the Yards staff about some of their favorite tap designs. Contest participants and non-participants alike will have the opportunity for a tour of the Yards brewery, plus tastings and happy hour specials. 
**please note: for safety reasons open toed shoes and high heels are not permitted on the tour.
Please RSVP by filling out the form.

NextFab Social + Yards facility visit RSVP form:

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Ask A Lawyer

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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

This is a free event.

Hurry up and reserve your spot -- only a few are available!

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Sugru Build Night Sponsored by Instructables + Sugru

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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. 


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