NextFab is a prototyping and inventor's studio that has been dubbed as a "gym for innovators." If you want to get into hardware, work on a physical project, manufacture something, or make stuff on 3D printers, this is the place to go. The facility has a metal and wood shop with professional-grade equipment like laser engravers and scanners, plasma cutters, a photography studio, sewing and sign-making machines, vinyl printers, soldering equipment, and so on. In addition, the community hosts classes for new members on how to use their equipment and software. A full list can be seen here.
We'll start with a facility tour to show you all the possibilities the space has for your current or upcoming projects.
In the second half, Rachel from NextFab and Georgia from The Hacktory will help break down the steps it will take to build interesting and creative projects that you want to make. They will talk through what skills, resources, or vendors might be helpful to complete these projects. This will help give you a sense of what it's like to carry out a DIY project that involves hardware or physical product design and get a better idea of what's possible.
This event is free and is limited to the first 30 sign-ups. All you need for this tour is yourself and an open mind. Leave the laptops at home!
Parking & Public Transportation:
• Street parking is available on Carpenter and 21st Streets. There is also limited parking in front of the building during evenings and weekends.
• The Ellsworth / Federal stop of the Broad Street Line is one block south and six blocks west of our location. The 17 Bus goes north and south via 19th and 20th Streets beginning at Market Street.
• Bike parking is available on-site.