Realizing the need for more hackerspace, membership based high-tech workshop and prototyping studio NextFab Studio, which opened in 2010 at the University City Science Center, now the new home of the Department of Making and Doing, relocated to 2025 Washington St. in 2012, increasing its size and bringing in new technology, like 3D printers , water jet cutters and a spray booth for painting.

Now surpassing 200 members, NextFab is hosting additional classes and workshops to teach people to use its specialized equipment. Itsuki Ogihara, NextFab’s community development specialist, said the interest in physically making things could be a “backlash of the digital world.”

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