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We don’t have an answer to the million-dollar question — where the facility will be — aside from the fact that we know Philly makerspace NextFab is angling to build its Delaware location in Wilmington’s Creative District.
Here are the available deets:
- The “gym for innovators” will be about 4,500 square feet. (For comparison, NextFab’s main location on Philly’s Washington Avenue is 21,000 square feet.)
- As they’re keen to work with college students, NextFab would like to open the facility before the fall semester begins, which gives them a six- to eight-month timeline. If they don’t make that deadline, Kaplan said they’ll aim to open by the end of this year.
- Each location (there are two in Philly) has a “specialty” trade or craft. The one at Philly’s Kensington location, for instance, is jewelry-making. Kaplan said they’re in the process of deciding what the Wilmington location’s specialty will be — so far chemical engineering, robotics and drones have been named possibilities.
- While there are varying levels of membership (based on how much time you spend there), NextFab also hosts classes that anyone can attend, generally for $20 an hour. Kaplan is actively looking for people who would be interested in teaching a class. The perk? If you teach for four hours, you get a month’s membership. coIN Loft managing director Mona Parikh recently took some classes at NextFab in Philly and made a bookshelf, a bottle opener and a necklace. Kaplan said if you think you have relevant skills, let him know you’re interested in teaching.
Recap: The new NextFab building is gonna be big and hopefully open for business this fall. And be sure to contact Alex Kaplan at email@example.com if you have a suggestion for the location’s specialty craft and/or if you want to teach a class.