Delaware Public Media

NextFab offering access to DCAD's students and faculty

Feb 13, 2018

Just six months after opening its Wilmington location, the artistic makerspace NextFab is partnering with the Delaware College of Art and Design.

NextFab offers programs for creative entrepreneurs ranging from 3-D printing, to digital design, to woodworking and even laser cutting.

The makerspace has already provided membership to all of DCAD’s faculty, who say they are immersed in its training workshops.

DCAD Dean of Academics Katy Ro says offering the school’s students access to NextFab will provide an opportunity for professional application of their skills.

“NextFab is going to allow for us to integrate more digital process into our foundational training and curriculum,” said Ro.

NextFab is a cornerstone of Wilmington’s Creative District—one part of efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown. Ro says invigorating the district is part DCAD’s mission.

“Working collaboratively with other businesses, other organizations in order to enrich life through art, and design, and performance and whatever falls under that umbrella,” said Ro. “Those partnerships are really powerful.”

Ro says the DCAD’s students will have access to NextFab’s Wilmington site as part of their curriculum as soon as next fall.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.