In April of 2016 NextFab was contacted by SEPTA about a collaborative project to improve the 40th Street Station stop on the Market-Frankford line. Artist Marianne Lovink designed a series of 28 panels with a pattern that was influenced by the streets of Philadelphia. The stainless steel panels ranged from 5.5 feet tall to just over 9 feet tall and were cut on our 5-Axis Water Jet cutting machine. They took a total of over 150 hours of cutting time on the Water Jet, making this project one of the longest jobs we’ve ever completed. In addition to cutting out the pattern on the panels themselves, we also drilled and tapped holes in the stainless steel frames in order to mount them. After being sent to an external vendor to be blasted with Aluminum Oxide and glass bead blasted for the final finish, the panels were installed in July of 2017 with the help of SEPTA and the artist herself.