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Updated Message to Our Community

NextFab President Evan Malone

Dear Friends,

I hope that you and your loved ones have remained safe and well throughout these tumultuous times. Since we last provided an update, Delaware and Pennsylvania have moved beyond the current peak of the pandemic, and our city and state governments are in various stages of relaxing restrictions on businesses. During this time, we at NextFab have been continually researching and refining our understanding of regulations and best practices for pandemic safety. With this knowledge, we have been developing plans to reconfigure our facilities, update our policies and procedures, and enhance training of our staff with the singular goal of helping our customers and clients safely return to our facilities. 

I am pleased to announce that NextFab is reopening! 

NextFab Wilmington is Opening to Delaware Users on June 11th
Delaware has been less impacted by the pandemic than Pennsylvania, and Wilmington will be the first of our locations to reopen. On June 11th, NextFab Wilmington will open to Delaware-based members (if you are a member – check your inbox for an email with details!)

NextFab North Philadelphia and South Philadelphia are Opening to Pennsylvania members on June 28th
Southeastern Pennsylvania has been seriously impacted by the pandemic. In order to ensure that we have all necessary precautions in place for your safety, and to ensure that the case rate continues to decline rapidly, we have decided to postpone reopening until June 28th.

As we resume in-person services, some services will continue to be virtual. Please help shape the future of our virtual services by completing the following survey, and be entered in a raffle for one of three $100 gift cards to small businesses near NextFab locations. 

Take the Survey  

We are prioritizing giving our current members time to settle in, but we are now accepting private space rentals (which include membership). To find out more information, schedule a call with our sales team here

We will soon be welcoming all new members – join our waiting list to have first priority when we reopen (including access to our brand new North Philly location). Sign up for the Membership Waitlist here

Lastly, our Venture Services (including our Accelerator Programs), and Product Development Services have been running smoothly (and remotely) throughout the shutdown, and are here to serve you.

If you have specific questions about returning to visit or work at one of our locations, please contact member-services@nextfab.com.

Stay safe and well, and let’s get back to business! 

Sincerely,
Evan Malone
President

Latest News

Updated June 15, 2020

Product Development Efforts

Product Development 3D Print Example

For the past three months, our NextFab Product Development team, with a special exemption from the Pennsylvania governor has worked from NextFab pivoted normal operations to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for local healthcare organizations. To date they have accomplished:

+ In partnership with nonprofit Open Medical to produce a new origami face mask design that requires no sewing.
+ Created and donated 10,000 masks to local hospitals
+ Working with AA Plasma to create Rapid Disinfection system to sanitize PPE

Download Origami Mask Guidelines and Templates

COVID-19 and NextFab

On March 17th, all NextFab locations closed for business in compliance with Philadelphia’s sanction for all non-essential businesses. Along with other local manufacturers, makers, hospitals, universities and small businesses, NextFab assisted in constructing much needed medical personal protective equipment (PPE). Utilizing our makerspace’s equipment and staff we helped produce masks, face shields and assisted companies in producing essential parts for their medical equipmnet.

 

NextFab At Home

While the NextFab Makerspace is closed, we wanted to provide all our makers ways to enjoy making at home. Take a tour of our staff maker spaces as we take our own take on the classic MTV show, with NextFab Cribs. Or tune into our NextFab webinars series, as we interview those involved with providing solutions to the PPE shortage during COVID-19 crisis. Finally, follow along in our Mane Alongs as NextFab staff demonstrate how to make projects at home, with a few materials and some power tools.

Make-A-Long Project:

Sew Your Own Fabric Mask

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NextFab Cribs:

Scott Newcomb Workshop Tour

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NextFab Webinar Series

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Small Business Resources

Small Business Resource 1

PDIC Philadelphia»
PIDC provides the resources and expertise to small businesses during this time including: funding and financial assistance, business support, employment and unemployment information and taxes information.

Small Business Resource 2

SBA»
The U.S. Small Business Association is providing up-to-date financial resources and applications for small business guidance,  loan resources, and coronavirus funding options.

Small Business Resource 3

DCED»
DCED (Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development) provides the resources for small businesses, communities and local governments.