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Build your tap handle by hand!

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Designers, engineers and beer lovers!

Thinking of participating in the Yards Tap Handle Throwdown competition, but need to brush up your prototyping skills? Have a great idea, but no access to tools, or space to make it real? Want a little help from a skilled fabricator? This might be exactly what you are looking for...

NextFab proudly announces "Build your tap handle by hand!" workshop. It will take place on Saturday the 17th of August at 3pm.

Prepare to use your very own hands, foam, rasps, craft knives, putty, sandpaper and desire to get dirty!

We will provide:

  • Foam bricks for carving

  • mounting hardware for your tap handle (to attach it to a tap)

  • woodworking hand tools

  • plenty of space in our fully equipped wood shop

  • Instructor’s help

We’ll help you get through shaping, installing the hardware, puttying, and sanding, and tips on painting.  You can paint and apply the secret mojo when you get home!

Limit is 12 people. Admission is $5.

For the glory!

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August Build Night sponsored by Instructables + Jameco

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For NextFab's August Build night, Instructables is partnering with Jameco, a leading electronic components distributor. At the event we will build projects using parts from a Jameco electronics kit that includes:

  • Standard Timer Single 8-Pin 555 Chip (10)
  • Resistor Assortment, 540 pieces (1)
  • Breadboard 3.25x2.125 (4)
  • Battery Snap, 6 inch (4)
  • Battery, Super Alkaline, 9V (4)
  • Grab Bag of Electronics Components (1)
  • LED Grab Bag - assorted colors and shapes (2)
Don't have any ideas yet? How about a bicycle turn signal, an LED "paint brush", or an optical Theramin? Take a look at the links below for inspiration, and bring some extra parts in case we don't have exactly what your favorite project requires:
You are also welcome to bring your current electronics projects and continue working on them — show and tell is warmly encouraged!
NOTE: This workshop is geared toward adults, but you are more than welcome bring a sidekick or two. Our staff member will be on hand to answer electronics questions if you get stuck!
Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world.
This event is FREE but registration is required. Jameco electronics kits will be provided.
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Leatherworking 101

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We are very excited to bring the age-old craft of leatherworking to NextFab.

This introductory workshop will expose participants to a variety of basic leatherworking tools and techniques and give them a solid base for further exploration of this craft. The first session of this workshop will primarily deal with leather preparation, tooling, lacing, and finishing through brief lectures and demonstrations. In the second session partcipants will be able to choose and complete one of two leather projects from start to finish and take home what they create.

Participants in this workshop will learn a variety of techniques including: pattern transfer, pattern carving and pattern stamping.

After the demo portion of the class, class members will have the opportunity to try their hand at carving, stamping, stitching, and finishing by completing either a traditional coin purse or money clip project. 

The coin purse project features a simple yet classic flower design on the back of the piece that will be brought to life with the carving and stamping techniques learned in class. It also features a traditional whip-stitch patten around the perimeter of the piece and a custom monogram on the front of the piece. All in all, students who choose this project will walk away from the workshop with a personalized, stylish, and fully functional coin purse that securely snaps closed to keep coins in place. 
The money clip project features a more complex vine and flower design on the front of the piece that will have quite a bit of depth and visual interest after carving and stamping. In addition, this project calls for a classic straight stitch around the perimeter of the piece. All in all, students who choose this project will walk away from the workshop with an attractive money clip that utilizes magnets to keep bills secure. 

This workshop will run 3-4 hours in total. The first hour will be dedicated to discussing the carving and stamping tools included in the leather working kits with short follow-along demos. The following 2-3 hours will be dedicated to completing one of the featured projects. When the workshop is complete, students will get to keep their leather working kits from the class, and will have the opportunity to complete 3 other projects included in the kit at home.

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Professional Practices for Artists

6 Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm: September 17th, 21st, October 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

Professional Practices for Artists - A six week class series addressing the basic business skills needed to build and sustain an artistic practice.

This six week series of classes focuses on the practical and business skills needed to build and sustain a professional studio practice. It addresses specific demands outside of working in the studio and making art and concentrates on the development of presentation and promotional materials for your professional profile.

These materials include artist/work statements, documentation of work, resume/bio/CV and submission/applications. There will be a focus on research for and outreach to available opportunities along with creating new ones.

Learn to present your work in the best possible light – other areas of focus will include writing about your work, photographing your work, preparing for an up-to-date website, record keeping, taxes, pricing work, and other business related skills.

Week One (September 17thOverview and intro to writing about work. An introduction to the subject of Professional Practices for artists, the variables involved and how they are applied to career development. We begin a focus on writing in relation to art and design.
Week Two (September 21st) — Resume/Bio/Artist Statement are three key written components to pursuing most opportunities. We will talk about formats for each of these materials and begin development of new or revisions of existing ones.
Week Three (October 1st) -— Photography of Work, manipulation and storage of images. Most often, work is exposed to viewers in reproduction. Photographs remain available and in circulation long after the objects that they represent. This week we will concentrate on good photography and archiving. 
Week Four (October 8th) — Researching or creating opportunities, budgets, proposals, timelines. In the development of a career it is necessary to search for opportunities and apply to them. This week focuses on this pursuit and the materials that may be required.
Week Five (October 15th) — Keeping records for taxes/inventory/promotion. We will tackle the challenge of organization and look at systems and concepts that can be helpful in the process of a growing career.
Week Six (October 22nd) — Organizing presentation materials for proposals/application/website. In this class we will look to focus the presentation of materials that represent the artist and their work in relation to the artists goals.
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Shelley Spector is an artist, curator and teacher. She creates multidisciplinary works that explore themes including communal and personal identity, perception, transformation and the environment. Her work is part of many collections including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. Spector has received grants from the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Leeway Foundation. She founded SPECTOR Gallery/Projects, working outside the traditional gallery system to champion new talent and concepts. An offshoot of this is Artjaw,com, an online anthology of first person stories from the Philadelphia art community. She teaches at University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art and Moore College of Art.

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Metal Finishing Workshop

4 Saturdays, 2-4PM: October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

This 4 session course will cover the preparation of metal surfaces for a range of patina techniques. Application of hot and cold patina formulas on a variety of metals will be explored. Steel, copper, brass, aluminum, zinc and stainless steel can be textured and colored to produce a nearly limitless range of colors. Methods of preserving the finishes will also be addressed in detail. 
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Fine decorative finishes can raise a piece of metalwork to high craft. By understanding the interaction of surface and finish it is possible to add real beauty and value to your work.

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Justin Kumpf is an artist, trained as an industrial designer who has honed his craft in production environments. He founded LIGHTFAST Design and Build in 2011, a unique and multifaceted company that offers custom fabrication, contract metal finishing, consultations, and training to architecture & design firms, classrooms, and fellow fabricators.
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Session One:

  • Presentation of examples of decorative metal finishing (slides and real examples)
  • Preparation of metal for finishing (demonstration)
  • Basic black process for steel with long term stability in mind.
  • Q & A 
Session Two:
  • Theory of metal finishing (slides and real examples - science warning)
  • Safety & PPE
  • Three on Three Demonstration (three finishes for three metals - steel, brass, galvanized)
  • Types of sealants and preservatives (15 min)
Session Three:
  • Variations on a Theme - ways to use the previous three methods to get a range of colors/textures.
  • Student work - (whatever they want to work on - with guidance)
Session Four: 
  • More student work with guidance,
  • Sealing and protecting a finish (on the student project.)
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Create with Corian®

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NextFab, DuPont™, & CH Briggs Company have come together to host an exciting hands-on demonstration workshop.  This demonstration will provide a unique opportunity to explore the versatile potential of Corian® for both horizontal and vertical applications.  Join us in creating with DuPont™ Corian®!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, exchange, and explore the techniques that can bring your Corian® designs to life!  Space is limited.  Please

Refreshments will be served.  Dress casual.  Closed toe shoes are required.  You will be in the shop doing some fabrication work. 

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Industrial Design with Peter Bressler

6 Tuesdays : October 22nd - November 26th, 7PM-9PM

Join us for our very first industrial design course at NextFab Studio with renowned industrial designer, Peter Bressler!

This 6-part course is an introduction to industrial design that will take you through the entire design process, including: research, feature analysis, need identification, ideation, concept sketching, modeling, prototyping, critique, and refinement.

Participants will design a new coat hook using an iterative process, while considering the goals of functionality, usability, aesthetics, ease of installation and manufacture.

October 22nd : Introduction to industrial design, coat hanger project, ideation

October 29th : Product research, feature analysis, design criteria, concept sketching

November 5th : Concept presentation, rough manual modeling, 2D and 3D design

November 12th: Analysis, critique, correction and refinement

November 19th : Presentation skills, prototype production and finishing

November 26th : Final presentation and critique

Peter Bressler is an Industrial Designer with over 40 years of experience in functional innovation, creating communication through aesthetics, and application of human factors and materials and manufacturing processes. From 1970 through 2012 he founded and led Bresslergroup, a product research, design and development firm in Philadelphia. The firm's projects have received over 50 Awards for design and engineering and Peter himself has either authored or coauthored over 75 utility and design patents.

His participation as an officer at the national level in the Industrial Designers Society of America has resulted in election to the Academy of Fellows and receipt of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peter participated in the creation of and since 2006 has been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania..

Under the banner of PBressler, LLC, Peter is now providing product design & development consulting and Intellectual property expert witness services.

This course is limited to 10 people, members only. Not a member? Select the "Admission + 3 Month Membership" ticket and receieve a 3 month membership to NextFab Studio as well as admission to Peter Bressler's course (a $937 value)!

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