Where are you located?
NextFab now has two locations within Philadelphia:
Can I get a tour of the facility?
How old do you need to be to become a member at NextFab?
How do I sign up?
You can start by filling out our "sign-up" form online and paying the initiation fee HERE. Then you will have to come in for safety training before you can start using our facilities. Don't forget to reserve your spot for safety training HERE, just choose the class calendar of the location where you would like to start.
Once I sign up, what's the next step?
In order to have access to the facility and use the equipment, you'll need to take New Member Orientation, Wood Shop Safety and Metal Shop Safety. These are offered every weekend -- you can see the current schedule on our Classes at 2025 Washington page or Classes at North Fourth page.
Can I change my membership type? Upgrade? Downgrade?
Yes. You can upgrade your membership type at any time. If you decide to change the status of your membership to a part-time option in the middle of the month, the changes will take effect on the first day of your next billing cycle.
Can I pay month by month?
We do not currently offer a month-to-month payment option. We kindly ask you to sign up for autopay and your card will be charged monthly on/from the date of signup. This helps us reduce our accounting costs, allowing us to focus our resources on providing you the best possible facilities, training, and amenities. We appreciate your understanding and support.
What if I want to suspend my membership?
You can downgrade your membership to our most affordable option, Community Membership. This way, your membership status remains active so you don't have to repay the initiation fee when you resume.
What is the initiation fee for?
Which membership option is best for me: Standard, Flex, or Community?
Student, Senior, Military discount?
I'm not a member. Can I still take classes at NextFab?
Software classes (e.g. Rhino, SolidWorks, Adobe CS, etc.) and introductory classes for certain technologies (e.g. Intro to 3D Printing) are open to non-members, and spots can be reserved here. Non-members pay an additional studio access fee due upon arrival, and will not have access to the software or facility at any other time than during class.
How do I protect my idea from being exposed or stolen?
NextFab is a membership based community where we share space and tools with other members. It will be up to you to protect your ideas and keep it away from other members. For contract services, we have Non-Disclosure Agreements upon request and work on the project in staff-only areas so it will not be exposed to anyone.