Roy may have a bit more to talk about with respect to our visit to the NextFab Studio, and the meetup in general. But I have a few pictures and words to share about the incredibly interesting facility!
NextFab Studio is a self described gym for inventors. There are a number of machines at this inventor’s haven used to shape / cut / weld metal, create printed circuit boards, perform wood working, cut and create acrylic parts, and even do some 3d printing! Non-members can pay staff to consult, design, and create their works. Members can receive training on the equipment, and utilize it to bring their own creations to reality!
This is one of the two laser engraving and cutting machines available. Two members of the NextFab Studio were using this machine while we were taking a tour. The area next to these machines featured the welding, metal cutting, and shaping tools. I forgot to get pictures of these areas! (sorry!)
An electronics lab stands in a lab area adjacent to the metal and general congregating area. There was a general bench stock of parts (resistors) and a modest number of electronic measurement tools. Right next to this area was the 3d printers and such…
This area featured a number of 3d style printers. This included a MakerBot, along with a suite of other styles of 3d printers. We were fortunate enough to see some of the end products of these machines.
This was a model of the building that the NextFab Studio was a part of and the colors seen on the model represent a 3d representation of the maximum wind shear predicted through finite element analysis. This is part of the consultation and design work that the studio employees perform.
This is a 3d scanner! It images and scans the 3d object in front of the laser distance measuring device which creates a digital representation of the object. The fire hat in the picture is covered with a small amount of chalk in order to decrease the ‘shiny-ness’ of the object as it interferes with the ability of the machine to project laser light. This same model of 3d scanner was used by Jay Leno to image a part on his steam car.
Jay then used the 3d printer shown above to replicate the part, used that replication to create a mold, and cast the part in metal. Then his steam car worked again!
This Darth Vader model is actually a replication! Too cool!
After the tour, a general membership meeting was held in the fairly large general congregation area. Roy will post on the details of that meeting, but a big thanks goes out to the NextFab Studio for giving us a tour of their facilities and allowing us to use them for our meeting! :)