With top-of-the-line 3D printing technology, our 3D Printing department offers a crash course in understanding and using 3D printers and scanners. From lecture classes to hands-on work, our intro and intermediate classes teach the basics in 3D printing and scanning. Once you gain an understanding, use the 3D printing equipment to create anything from small toys to useful everyday devices – the only limit is your imagination.
Explore laser cutting and 3D printing by making not one, but two fidget spinners! Each workshop participant will make their own custom 3D printed spinner, as well as a second laser cut wooden spinner. Ages 12 and up if accompanied by a parent.
Celebrate Dad by making him a fully functional keepsake nightlight. Learn about 3D printing, laser cutting, and electronics by assembling your keepsake. Participants will be able to pick from one of six designs at the time of the workshop.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Tours are the best way to get a sense of what our spaces are like, what capabilities we offer, and what a NextFab experience feels like. Plus, you’ll get to talk with NextFab staff members to help figure out how our studios can work for you.
Tours are offered at all locations at any time during our tour hours. No need to call ahead - just come on by. For groups of more than 4 people, please contact us to set up a scheduled tour time.