NextFab Foundation was formed in November, 2016 to provide underprivileged and underserved communities with technology, advanced digital manufacturing equipment, education and consulting services which will in turn foster educational, humanitarian, entrepreneurial and economic development. The primary operations of the foundation entail developing physical workshop spaces equipped with computers, computer-aided design software, small hand tools and technologically advanced manufacturing tools. The spaces are known as Fab Labs, Makerspaces, microfactories, or hardware incubators, and are open to the public. Program staff provide training and support to individuals of the public interested in learning to use the tools in the lab, so that they might acquire new marketable skills, enjoy creative exploration, or develop new products and businesses.
NextFab Foundation is a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation.