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An Evening of Innovation at NextFab Studio

Network with manufacturing peers, get a tour of Philadelphia’s “gym for innovators” and get the latest and greatest on business applications for 3D Printing. Refreshments will be served.

Event Details:
5:30-6:00 PM     Registration / Networking
6:00-7:00 PM     3D Printing - Killer Applications Driving Design and Development

Forget about how the technology works - we're going to tell you about the business impact. We'll share real world applications to design and manufacturing - what our customers have learned and why they can no longer live without 3D printing, from prototyping to tooling, jigs and fixtures.

Presented by:
Ben Arnold, Channel Manager, Stratasys 3D Printing 
Jeff Golin, Industrial Designer, Lasko Products

7:00-7:45 PM     Make Something at Philadelphia’s “Gym for Innovators”

NextFab Studio cultivates a diverse community of creative, intelligent, entrepreneurial people like you! NextFab Studio is a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center - an engine of tomorrow’s creative economy featuring a collaborative workspace with cutting edge tools, expert staffing, 3D printers, computer controlled machine tools, software, electronic workbenches, classes, workshops, and friendly and affordable consulting services. Join us for a site tour highlighting workshop capabilities and membership options.

Presented by:
Evan Malone, President, NextFab Studio

7:45-8:30   Networking / Q&A

Please register here.

Open House in Celebration of National Manufacturing Day

NextFab Studio will be hosting an open house in celebration of National Manufacturing Day. There will be tours every 30 minutes from 10am to 5pm which will also include technology/machine demonstrations throughout the day.

At 11.30am NextFab will be hosting Councilman Bobby Henon of Philadelphia's 6th district and a group of local high school robotics students. The group will explore the applications of advanced design and prototyping techniques. 

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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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Yards Tap Handle Throwdown Gala

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"And , the Winner is..."

NextFab and Yards Brewing Company cordially invite you to the Tap Handle Throwdown gala event. This is the culimnation of months of hard work, creativity, design, and craftsmanship. 

Flex your democratic muscle by voting for the best tap handle. Then celebrate the winning design while enjoying a craft brew from Philadelphia's favorite local brewery.

The winning design will not only be spotlighted at this gala event but it will be featured prominently at bars throughout the city. 

The winning designer will not only receive the admiration of their fellow beer drinkers, but also the the following great prizes:

  • An afternoon at the Yards Tasting Room ($150 value)*
  • $200 gift card from Yards*
  • One six-month NextFab Standard membership ($1,000 value)
  • One complete outfit of stylish Yards clothing
  • Reproductions of the Winning Design installed and used by popular bars across the city
*Must be 21 years or older to redeem one or both of the above prizes
+ Voting for the best Tap Hande
+ Complimentary Beer Tasting from Yards
+ NextFab Facility Tours
+ We can’t give all our secrets away yet!
Space is limited, so get your tickets now!
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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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