Class List

Make Your Own Laser Cut Stencils

Learn how to make your own image-inspired stencils from start to finish. Practice photo manipulation in Adobe Illustrator, then head over to the laser lab to cut your custom stencil. Bring your own image with you on a flash drive, or choose from a library provided during the workshop. Prior experience with Illustrator or other vector design software strongly recommended.

  • Member Price: $24
  • Non-Member Price: $24
  • Length: 2 hours

Intro to Macrame: Make Your Own Hanging Planter

Learn basic knotting and construction principals of macrame, the art of knotting cord or string in patterns, while creating your own decorative hanging planter.

  • Member Price: $39
  • Non-Member Price: $39
  • Length: 2 hours

STEM for Parents

Discuss how you can take what you’ve learned at NextFab home to your child in this interactive lecture. Explore cost effective, time-considerate ways to teach STEM by using lasers, 3D printing, electronics, outside resources and more. NOTE: this class is made for adults who will be working with children. Please do not bring any minors to this class.

  • Member Price: Free
  • Non-Member Price: $50
  • Length: 2 hours

Make Your Own Laser Cut Notebook

Make a hand bound notebook using a combination of traditional bookbinding and laser cutting techniques. Choose from a variety of designs or cut a custom design if you send your image to NextFab ahead of time. One class fee pays for one book. Children ages 12 and up if accompanied by a parent.

  • Member Price: $15
  • Non-Member Price: $15
  • Length: 2 hours

Make Your Own Rac3r Robot

3D print, assemble, and code your own arduino-based robot racer! 3D print the robot body, then explore breadboards to assemble the circuitry necessary to bring your robot to life. One class fee pays for one robot. Children ages 10 + are welcome if accompanied by a parent.

Make Your Own Industrial Shelf

Get that trendy industrial look, but build it to last. Weld a sturdy metal wall bracket and explore the capabilities of the hand routers by creating and attaching a wooden shelf base. Class fee includes materials for one shelf, but members may purchase materials to make more shelves after class.


Make Your Own Side Table

In this two part workshop, create your own unique side table, from start to finish, using your metal and wood shop skills. Weld together a minimalist frame, and then finish with a custom inlaid table top, made of fine hardwood.

Make Your Own Wooden Coffee Table

Hand craft your own unique looking coffee table in this 2 session workshop. Learn the tricks to some essential wood joinery tools and techniques that are convenient for many applications. Along with the discussion of structural principles and process details, incorporate your own personalized design element, to make for a truly eye-catching furniture piece.

Getting Started at NextFab

This is a friendly, small-group consultation session to help you make the most of your NextFab membership. You will introduce yourself, meet others, discuss your interests and goals, and a NextFab consultant will work with you to develop a personalized plan to help you achieve your goals.

  • Member Price: Free
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 1 hour

New Member Orientation

Welcome to NextFab! Tour our facilities and be introduced to our guidelines and regulations for safe use. Learn how to log onto our computer workstations, sign up for classes, and reserve time on machines. Please try to be five minutes early to this course so that there is time to setup new username and passwords.

  • Member Price: Free
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 1.5 hours

Combo Shop Safety

Learn how to safely navigate the wood and metal shops at Nextfab North Fourth, then build skills using several pneumatic, power, and hand-driven tools by making your own desk supply caddy. Safety training at our NextFab Washington Avenue includes certain tools and areas which our North Fourth location does not yet have. Please ask the shop supervisors at Washington Ave to introduce you to these, and you’ll be good to go at both locations.

Wood Shop Safety

Explore the wood shop and the basic tools it offers, including the paint booth, several powered cutting tools, hand tools, and sanding machines. Walk away with a cheeseboard of your own design, finished and ready to be used.

Metal Shop Safety

Learn how to safely navigate the shop, as well as the basic use of several powered and hand tools. Build skills on several different shop machines while creating a hand-cut and finished bottle opener.

Electronics Orientation

Welcome to the wide world of electronics! Explore NextFab’s comprehensive lab with a brief tour, then try your hand at soldering together your own hydro-inspired PCB.

Hand Tool Basics

Explore the world of hand tools commonly used in the wood shop by making a robot pencil sharpener. Practice safe use of chisels, hand saws, hammers, hand drills, and many other tools essential in creating and finishing fine woodworking projects.

Wood Finishing Basics

Gain familiarity with tools and techniques that help achieve professional finishes in woodworking projects. Learn about wood preparation, application of different types of finishes, use of the spray gun, and paint booth safety. Practice these skills by building a pen and pencil caddy.

Introduction to the Wood Lathe

Calling all beginners! Explore turning techniques on the Nova wood lathe, including roughing, shaping beads and coves, drilling, and finishing. Practice safe setup and operation of the wood lathe, and proper use of a variety of turning tools. Walk away with a candlestick holder or spinning top, and gain certification for unsupervised access to the wood lathe.

Bowl Turning on the Wood Lathe

Learn how to turn a wood bowl while advancing lathe skills in this project-based class. Cover the steps of setting up for bowl turning: mounting blanks, using the bowl gouge, roughing out a foot, and finishing techniques, as well as when and how to properly sharpen tools. Class fee includes material for one finished bowl per member.

Wood Preparation: Jointer, Planer, and Wide Belt Sander

Learn the basics of preparing wood for use in woodworking projects. This class will cover safe use of the jointer, planer, and time saver machines. Process rough sawn wood by flattening, straightening, and squaring. Practice using the machines by milling wood and then gluing up boards to make a finished cutting board from exotic hardwoods.

Wood Preparation: Jointer and Planer

Learn the basics of preparing wood for use in woodworking projects. This class will cover safe use of the jointer and planer. Process rough sawn wood by flattening, straightening, and squaring. Practice using the machines by milling wood and then gluing up boards to make a finished cutting board. NOTE: This class at our North Philly location does not include use of the time saver machine. For training on that machine, please see a staff member at our South Philly location, free of charge.

Wood Shop: Table Saw and Miter Saw Basics

Learn the fundamentals of table saw and miter saw safety. Arguably the most used machines in the wood shop, the table saw and miter saw are essential for all levels of woodworking. Identify and use each saw’s components for safe setup and operation, while exploring different types of cuts and corresponding blades and techniques.

Advanced Table Saw Techniques

Learn more about the most versatile tool in the wood shop. Cover the use of specific jigs, blade choice, kerf, and angle adjustments, and practice miter cuts, dados, and rabbet joints.

Introduction to the Roland MDX 540

In this two part course, explore the basics of using Vetric Aspire software to operate the Roland MDX 540, a versatile 3-axis CNC milling machine capable of fine detail and precision work. Learn how to load, initialize, and safely run the machine, then design a custom wooden sign in Aspire, to be cut and produced during the second half of class. NOTE: Upon completion of class, members receive four hours of machine time, included in class fee.

ShopBot Course: From Start to Finish in 3 Weeks

This 6-part course introduces beginners to operation and capabilities of the ShopBot CNC router. Learn about vectors, tool paths, file selection and creation for 3D contours for design in V Carve Pro Makerspace software. Using a created file, practice machine operation, tool changes, zeroing and cutting. Completion of this course grants members unsupervised access to the ShopBot for independent use.

Welding Theory and Application

Beginners welcome! Through lecture-style instruction, learn welding theory and the application of welding principles. Cover basic definitions, safety, distinctions between welding types, and best practices for top quality welds.

  • Member Price: Free
  • Non-Member Price: Free
  • Length: 2 hours

Metal Preparation and Layout

Learn how to identify different metals and their characteristics. Practice different layout techniques for cutting with measuring tools common in all metal shops. Try out the horizontal bandsaw, a universal cutter, and the cold saw, great for more accurate cutting of raw material. Clean, grind, and deburr cut parts, and accomplish different finishes using various metal shop tools, including the angle grinder and its many attachments. Learn how to change belts on the belt sander to suit the needs of every project.

MIG Welding: Introduction on Steel

Learn the basics of MIG welding in this two part class. Walk through setup for our MIG welding machines, and learn and practice safe techniques and welding skills. Welding jackets, helmets and leather gloves will be provided on-site, but natural fiber long pants and closed-toe leather shoes must be worn to attend class.

TIG Welding: Introduction on Steel

Learn the basics of TIG welding in this two part class. Walk through setup of the Miller Dynasty Inverter welders, and learn best practices for clean, safe TIG welds.. Welding jackets, helmets and leather gloves will be provided on-site, but natural fiber long pants and closed-toe leather shoes must be worn to attend class.

Introduction to the Metal Lathe

Train on basic use of the Nardini metal lathe by turning and fabricating your very own metal bottle stopper. Practice the safe use of lathe tools while learning basic turning, facing, and tapering operations. Learn about different tools and their applications, speeds and feeds, and the different ways of clamping and securing material. NOTE: Completion of project is mandatory for unsupervised access, and will require additional time beyond class. Members will receive one extra shop day at NextFab, included in class fee.

Vertical Mill 1

Explore the basic functions and operations of milling by creating a six-sided die. Cover the steps of the machine setup, and how to properly prepare and setup material for machining. Learn safe operational practices, including selection of endmills and different mill tools, and choosing feeds and speeds. Use the digital readout system to accurately dimension your part and its features. NOTE: Completion of project is mandatory for unsupervised access, and will require additional time beyond class. Members will receive one extra shop day at NextFab, included in class fee.

Advanced MIG Welding with Lincoln STT

In two parts, learn the advanced features and functions of the Lincoln STT MIG Welder, capable of next-level functions not available with the facility’s simpler welders. Discuss the benefits of pulse welding, optimize machine use based on situational factors, and learn how to make cleaner, more consistent welds.

HAAS CNC VMC: Complete 6 Part Course

In six parts, gain hands-on experience and fundamental understanding of the HAAS Vertical Machining Center. Machine a part, from design through milling, using provided aluminim material, while learning basic machine function and the software required to design and create files. NOTE: Students will need to schedule the sixth session as one-on-one private instruction, and upon completion receive a copy of the programming handbook and four free hours of machine reservation time.

Intro to Jewelry

Make a keychain, pendant, or pet name tag as an introduction to jewelry making. Learn basic use of standard hand tools and equipment in the jewelry studio, including the jeweler’s saw, stamping materials, and flex shaft. After completing this course, members gain unsupervised access to the jeweler’s benches and have a general understanding of metal fabricating techniques. This class is only taught at our North Fourth location.

  • Member Price: $75
  • Non-Member Price: $125
  • Length: 3 hours

Make Your Own Chainmail Jewelry

Explore the centuries old practice of Chainmail, the art of creating mesh from linked metal links. Cover several traditional mail patterns, and create your very own bracelet or set of earrings.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

Working with the Torch: An Introduction to Soldering and Annealing for Jewelry

In this two part course, learn how to safely and confidently operate the torch for annealing and soldering of jewelry metals. Make three, customized projects: a custom sterling silver ring, a bracelet, and a pin. From beginners to those looking to improve their technique, this class is packed with the tips and tricks for soldering success. Explore metal characteristics through demonstrations and detailed instruction. After completing this course, members gain unsupervised access to the soldering area of the jeweler’s studio. This class is only taught at our North Fourth location.

Intro to Enameling

Learn the basics of vitreous enamel, including proper application, physical characteristics of enamel, proper use of a kiln, and proper cleanup. Practice on flat and 3-dimensional shapes to gain a better range of working surfaces. Projects will include a flat pendant and a formed, tab-set pendant.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics drawing and editing software, useful for creating files for digital fabrication at NextFab Studio. This introductory class will cover the interface, tools, layers, and more. By the end of the class you will be comfortable navigating the software. NOTE: Basic computer navigational skills are necessary to take and understand this class.

  • Member Price: $39
  • Non-Member Price: $89
  • Length: 2 hours

Introduction to SolidWorks

Solidworks is CAD software that creates geometry for 3D parts and assemblies. Learn how to navigate menus and options, create sketches, and utilize different shape options to create custom geometries and dimensions. Extrude, cut, and fillet a sketch, and discuss how to change appearances and scenes to create professional looking renderings.

  • Member Price: $39
  • Non-Member Price: $89
  • Length: 3 hours

Solidworks Practicum

Need help working on your first file in Solidworks? This two hour session provides time for file review, improving and reinforcing of skills, and light expansion into intermediate Solidworks usage. Come ready with your file or idea. Participants are strongly encouraged to take Intro to Solidworks first, or have a basic foundation of Solidworks, as this is not a class that teaches the software. NOTE: Basic computer skills are necessary for this class.

Introduction to Rhinoceros 5.0

Rhinoceros (Rhino) is 3-D modeling design software, commonly used by a variety of industries. Learn the basics of navigating and using the software, the various projects and design areas that benefit from the use of Rhino, and basic CAD principles. Work to design a basic project of your choosing, available as a file for personal use upon completion of class. NOTE: Basic computer navigational skills are necessary to take and understand this class.

  • Member Price: $39
  • Non-Member Price: $89
  • Length: 2 hours

Photo Studio Essentials

The NextFab photo studio is a private space that can be reserved by members for personal use. Completion of Photo Studio Essentuals certifies members to rent Nextfab’s professional equipment. Learn how to safely operate the ProFoto Air strobe lighting set, in conjunction with the Nikon D800 DSLR camera. NOTE: This class takes place in Washington Ave’s warehouse space. Please meet for the class at the front desk, where the instructor will greet you before proceeding to the studio.

Inkjet Printing on the Epson 9900

The Epson 9900 is a high quality printer designed to take photographic printing and art reproduction to the next level. Learn how to print professional looking photographs on various sizes of material. Setup and operate the machine, and print custom color or black-and-white photo prints on Epson Luster paper.

Vinyl Printing and Cutting

Explore different formats of printing with the Roland XR-640, perfect for creating decals, stickers, banners, apparel transfers and more. Learn the step-by-step process of preparing graphics, basic machine setup, software usage, and production for different applications.

Machine Sewing Basics

Cover the basics of operating a traditional, consumer-grade sewing machine. Learn to identify machine parts and set them up to sew, wind bobbins, and prepare material for sewing. Gain confidence in identifying different types of fabric, needles and stitches, and when to use each. Walk away with a tote bag sewn to completion. NOTE: students may bring in their own fabric to class if they wish, or will be asked to complete the project using basic fabric provided by NextFab.

  • Member Price: $39
  • Non-Member Price: $89
  • Length: 2 hours

Digital Embroidery I

Learn the basics of digital embroidery operating the Brother Innov-ís 2800D embroidery machine and the PE-Design NEXT software. Topics will include navigating the machine’s LCD interface, setting up the machine and software, matching types of threads and needles to their intended applications, and troubleshooting common problems. Explore correct use of a hoop and stabilizer to embroider an image from a stock file.

Digital Embroidery II

Perform more advanced embroidering techniques to expand on knowledge learned in Digital Embroidery I, both in the machine and software. Embroider a custom image from a file of your own choosing while learning more unique and situational technical troubleshooting. NOTE: Students may bring in their own fabric, or can use scrap fabric provided by NextFab

Illustrator for Laser Cutting and Engraving

Through a combination of guided instruction and independent work, build on existing knowledge of Adobe Illustrator to create and design for laser cutting. Explore features that can be used for laser design including layer use, smart guides, bitmaps, clipping paths, compound shapes and kerf testing. Time will be given at the end of class to work on personal files. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator or a prior working knowledge of Illustrator is required.

  • Member Price: $39
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 2 hours

Lasers: Introduction to Cutting and Engraving

Explore the world of cutting and engraving with lasers! Discuss the general principles behind operation, and dive into the details of the lasers available for use at NextFab. Class includes a tour of the 3D and laser lab to familiarize participants with the space and equipment.

  • Member Price: Free
  • Non-Member Price: Free
  • Length: 2 hours

Lasers: Operating the Trotec Speedy 500 and Trotec Flexx 300 Lasers

Learn to safely operate the Trotec 300 and Trotec 500 laser engravers. Discuss material choice, file prep, laser focusing, air filtration, and clean up. Practice preparing files for the lasers, and use a NextFab provided file to demo cutting. NOTE: Upon completion of class, students will schedule an appointment with a staff member to demonstrate their ability to safely operate the machines. Completion of this appointment will grant the member access to the Trotec lasers.

Lasers: Operating the Universal Laser I

Learn to safely operate the Universal laser to cut and engrave a variety of materials. Using a file provided by NextFab, prep, cut, and finish your own keychain. Explore best practices for material choice, file preparation, and color and stroke choice. After the class, schedule an appointment with NextFab staff to demonstrate ability and gain unsupervised access to the laser.

Lasers: Operating the Universal Laser II

Take laser use to the next level with techniques that NextFab staff have developed and refined over years of intricate experimentation. Learn how to engrave on two sides of an object, engrave and cut material larger than the machine bed, and repeat files quicker and cleaner.

Using the Rotary Attachment: Custom Pint Glasses

Etch your own custom pint glass! Practice proper techniques to install and safely use the rotary attachment for the laser cutter. This attachment allows for engraving and cutting cylindrical objects without distortion. Build on existing skills and learn to laser etch on all 360 degrees. Each participant will receive one pint glass to engrave. Additional pint glasses may be purchased for an extra fee.

Introduction to Raspberry Pi

Learn how to create popular projects with Raspberry Pi, the popular low-cost computing platform. Explore Raspberry Pi software, Python, the Linux ecosystem, and learn to build popular projects like a “smart mirror” and an internet-connected “mood ring.” Get guidance on how to build more projects like a RetroPie Arcade. NOTE: basic computer skills and competency are necessary for this class.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

Circuits I

Explore basic electronic circuits by dabbling with various electronic tools. Learn about schematics and symbolism, and begin to understand how to read a circuit schematic and build a real circuit. Experiment with components including resistors, LEDs and diodes and gain a general knowledge of electricity and its behavior.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

Circuits II

Building on the basics learned in Circuits I, explore passive components in greater detail. Focus on the behavior of resistors, capacitors and inductors. Experiment with two popular integrated circuits and the Op-Amp and 555 timer while learning how to use the oscilloscope and function generator.

Introduction to Soldering

Utilize the tools and techniques related to soldering to create and fix electronic devices. Assemble and solder a pre-fabricated, printed circuit board. De-solder broken components and splice wires, while learning how to recognize and fix bad solder joints.

Advanced Soldering

Delve deeper into soldering techniques used for small batch prototyping with surface mount components. Explore the numerous SMD component packages along with methods of using and reflowing solder paste and board rework.

Design your own Circuit Board: An Introduction to Eagle

Learn about circuit board design and schematic capture techniques in this entry level Eagle class. Explore the world of PCBs, and navigate the software package by making your own audio amplifier board, ready for fabrication.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

Introduction to Microcontrollers with Arduino

Learn how to program hardware and create embedded systems with this introduction to Arduino, the popular, open-source development platform that provides novices and professionals alike with a massive array of options. Experiment with inputs and outputs, and finish the class with building a simple theremin.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

Intermediate Arduino Concepts

In this two part course, cultivate more advanced coding techniques and algorithm development using the Arduino platform to create code that is well organized, fully commented, and efficiently run. Learn about libraries, functions, arrays, state machines, and branching statements.

Introduction to 3D Printing

This lecture-style class provides an in-depth introduction to the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, and finishes with a tour of the 3D printing lab to explore sample prints. Dive in to details of the processes and equipment offered at NextFab, such as the 3D inkjet and fused deposition modeling (FDM).

  • Member Price: Free
  • Non-Member Price: Free
  • Length: 2 hours

Consumer Grade 3D Printing

Learn to use our open-source 3D printers by picking and printing a design from NextFab’s curated archive of pre-approved project files. Experience simulations of commonly encountered problems, and learn how to troubleshoot and adjust a machine for clean, precise prints. Completion of this class gains members unsupervised, free access to our consumer model 3D printers for personal use. Note: students are welcome to stay after class to try out longer prints or test out their newly learned skills with more complicated files.

  • Member Price: $39
  • Non-Member Price: $89
  • Length: 2 hours

3D Printing using the Stratasys Dimension

Learn how to use Stratasys Catalyst, the control software for the Dimension SST, to 3D print complex designs in durable ABS plastic. Capable of printing in two materials, prints on the Stratasys Dimension can have overhanging and embedded parts, created with dissolvable support structures. Orient, scale, copy and set print resolutions and densities in Catalyst, and practice safe operation of the Support Cleaning Apparatus (SCA) to remove the support material from the 3d print. NOTE: On completion of the course, participants will be able to submit prints to the Dimension using the Catalyst software. A demonstration of the safety procedures for the SCA will be scheduled, at the student’s convenience, to allow unsupervised access to the equipment.

3D Scanning with the NextEngine HD Pro

Discover the NextEngine 3D Scanner, capable of scanning existing 3d objects to create export files for 3D printing and CNC reproductions. Learn how to run the machine, which objects are scannable, and the triangulation process used to produce a point cloud.