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General

What is NextFab?

NextFab is a network of membership-based makerspaces that provide access to tools, technology, education, events, and services for professional makers.

Where are you located?

We currently have 3 locations in Philadelphia, PA, and Wilmington, DE.
2025 Washington Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19146
1800 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
503 N. Tatnall Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

How do I take a tour of NextFab?

Schedule a tour of any of our makerspaces here. For more questions contact us here.

Do I have to be a member to visit NextFab?

Nope. Anyone is welcome to take a tour of NextFab, attend events, or hire our Product Development team. Members are also allowed to bring guests for a visit lasting no more than 4 hours. However, in order to use NextFab software, and tools, and take the majority of our classes, you must be a member.

Can anyone be a member?

Absolutely! We welcome members of all skill levels and backgrounds. Our only membership requirement is for age – you must be at least 10 years old for a junior membership, and at least 18 years old for regular membership.

What services does NextFab offer?

NextFab offers membership, educational classes and workshops, hardware incubator and accelerator programs, and professional product development services available for hire.

Do you supply materials for projects?

For certain classes, NextFab will provide the materials needed. We also have raw materials for sale, including wood, metal, print media, hardware, etc. Members are always welcome and encouraged to bring in their own materials.

How can I work at NextFab?

Interested in becoming part of the team at NextFab? Check out our current openings on our Careers page.

Membership

How do I become a member?

Joining NextFab is easy! Sign up online under our Join page or by contacting us for more information. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a welcome email to help guide you through the next steps – virtual new member orientation and classes.

Can I pause or cancel my membership?

Membership may be “paused” for up to two sequential months per calendar year without needing to cancel membership, and without the loss of any member benefits. You may cancel or temporarily pause your membership at any time by contacting member-services@nextfab.com.

Is my membership good for all locations?

Yes! Your membership provides access to all NextFab locations. Just check in at the front desk when you go to a new location for the first time.

Can I change my membership?

Yes, you can change your membership level at any time by contacting us. If you downgrade your membership level in the middle of the month, the changes will take place on the first day of the next billing cycle.

How much does membership cost?

NextFab offers a variety of membership levels at different costs to help you find the option that works best for you. Memberships start at $219 per month, depending on how much access you’re looking for. Learn more on our Join page.

Note, discounts are available for artists, students, recent graduates, senior citizens, educators, veterans, first responders, and members of CEFVA.

How old do you have to be to be a member?

While our members are young at heart, you must be 18 years of age or older to use our shops and be a member. We also offer junior memberships for kids ages 10-17, but junior members must be accompanied by a parent or other adult member at all times. For more information on junior memberships, see the Join page.

Can I pay month-to-month?

We do not currently offer a month-to-month payment option. We kindly ask you to sign up for autopay and your card will be charged monthly on/from the date of signup.

Do I need to reserve machine time?

Yes. Members who would like to reserve machine time may do so online. The reservation calendar should only be used by those who have obtained unsupervised access to that particular machine. Please note that based on power consumption, operating costs, and maintenance some machines require hourly reservation fees.

Does NextFab have storage for in-progress projects?

Yes. In addition to locker storage, we offer larger storage areas for keeping your works in progress, tools, and materials for a fee. You can rent a storage space on a monthly basis. The fee varies depending on size and any special requirements. For pricing and more details, please contact us.

Can I bring my own tools?

You can bring in your own hand tools if you would like. However, you will need to obtain permission from a manager to bring in power tools or anything unusual. If you are looking for a particular tool that we do not have, let us know what tool you want to bring in – we may decide to purchase it for the studio.

Is there anything I can’t use at NextFab?

Members have access to all of the tools at NextFab, provided that they have completed the proper prerequisite classes, or demonstrated proficiency. For more information, please ask your shop manager.

Can I join NextFab and take classes if I have a disability?

All NextFab facilities are ADA accessible to members and the public, but some workshop areas and equipment may present environmental barriers to members with certain physical disabilities. We aim to accommodate members with access concerns and special needs. Contact us with inquiries.

Can I join NextFab if I do not speak English?

Anyone, regardless of English comprehension, can join NextFab as a member. Access to equipment in shops depends on our existing competency check. To take classes at NextFab, members must have an independent working verbal and written comprehension of English.

Product Development & Jobs Board

When and where are NextFab’s Product Development Services available?

NextFab’s Product Development team is based out of our 2025 Washington Ave location in Philadelphia. Our hours are Monday through Friday 10 am-5 pm. We will make every effort to respond to your inquiry within two business days.

What if my project does not qualify as a Product Development job?

We can still find someone to help you out, even if we don’t take on the job ourselves! We have plenty of members eager to take on projects using our online Jobs Board. You can also become a member and learn how to create your project yourself.

What’s the difference between the Jobs Board and NextFab’s Product Development Services?

The Jobs Board allows you to work directly with NextFab members whereas hiring our Product Development team lets you work with our team of skilled staff.

If you’re looking to work with a local artist, designer, or fabricator, the Jobs Board is the place for you.

Our Product Development team loves a good challenge, so we’re usually looking for projects that are advanced, large-scale, or boutique design/production. Check out our portfolio of case studies for a sample of our latest work to see if your idea aligns, and then get a quote here.

We typically do not take on projects where the idea is not clearly defined enough, nor do we do mass-production jobs.

Studio Spaces & Storage

What type of space do you have available?

We offer three types of spaces at our locations:

Private workspaces and studios to work on individual projects. Office space for teams and startups in need of private office space to work on and store projects. Storage space ranges in size from small locker storage to hold materials and projects to larger warehouse space to store and work from.

Will I get 24/7 access to my studio space, office, or private workspace?

Yes, you will have the option to gain 24/7 access to your space by providing a COI. Your access to NextFab’s advanced manufacturing equipment and workshops is limited to NextFab’s regular business hours.

Does my company need to be incorporated?

Yes! You should also obtain and keep in force general liability insurance with a combined single limit of no less than $1,000,000 per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage insuring both NextFab and yourself against liability arising out of use, occupancy, and maintenance of your space at NextFab.

Programs & Events

What differentiates the RAPID hardware accelerator from other programs?

We are entirely focused on working with hardware startups and our state-of-the-art makerspace facility in South Philadelphia serves as a one-stop shop for all their prototyping needs. The selected teams will get funding and direct access to NextFab’s Product Development staff. Think of them as an extension of your team. We’ll offer you advice, make introductions, and fill skill gaps or relieve bandwidth constraints that are preventing you from reaching development milestones. In addition to all of this, we’ll introduce you to mentors and experienced advisors, as well as our broader community of talented designers, artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

What is NextFab looking for in a hardware accelerator applicant?

While we’re open to receiving applications from anyone, our ideal team would have 2 co-founders, a physical prototype, a patented technology, and a good estimate of the market size.

Will you sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)?

Applicants and participants in our programs are discouraged from disclosing confidential information about their product(s)/device(s). You are solely responsible for your own intellectual property. We respect the confidentiality of your ideas, but similarly to other organizations in the startup ecosystem that are engaged in reviewing hundreds of business plans and ideas, we do not sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

How many applicants will be accepted for each cohort of the RAPID Hardware Accelerator?

We usually accept 4-5 teams or individuals for each cohort of the RAPID Hardware Accelerator program.

What if I can’t apply for the next cohort?

If for some reason you and your team are not able to apply for the upcoming cohort, you can submit your application to be considered for a future cohort. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed twice a year.

Will I/we get a mentor?

Yes! RAPID participants will be matched with mentors as part of the program.

Do you provide funding?

Yes, we provide seed funding for RAPID participants (up to $25,000 per team). We can provide follow-on capital based on your progress in the program.

Do you take equity?

NextFab will issue a Convertible Note Term Sheet indicating the key terms of our investment and a proposed investment amount. A Convertible Note means that no equity will be exchanged until the accepted team goes out to raise an equity round of financing. Using this investment vehicle keeps legal costs low allowing for each company to spend more on de-risking their product to attract future investment. In addition to capital investment, you may also receive a credit to work directly with NextFab’s Product Development team for 12 months after the start of the program.

Does my company need to be incorporated?

No. However, we have a preference for startups incorporated as Delaware C-Corporations.

Where is the RAPID program going to take place?

All events will take place at NextFab’s main location at 2025 Washington Ave.