NextFab opened a 10,000-square-foot makerspace at 503 N. Tattnall St in Wilmington.

NextFab, a membership-based business, opened near Wilmington’s West Center City Wednesday and offers creators a place to make anything with tools ranging from a 3-D printer to wood cutting materials.

In exchange for a monthly membership fee, anyone can gain access to the equipment, along with classes on how they can be used to make your own coffee table, fidget spinner or Father’s Day nightlight.

Evan Malone first launched NextFab in West Philadelphia amid the Great Recession. The company not only survived the economic downturn but eventually flourished and now occupies two locations in the City of Brotherly Love with 700 members between them.

Carrie Gray, the Wilmington Renaissance Corp.’s managing director, said she first toured NextFab in 2013 and immediately saw its potential for the Wilmington Creative District, a public-private partnership then in its infancy.

Today, the Creative District includes a handful of murals, a public arts garden and the first of what will be 12 homes at Fourth and Washington streets built by Interfaith Community Housing and marketed to artists and makers.

Mayor Mike Purzycki hailed the business as a magnet for young people looking to “exercise their creative ability and enjoy Wilmington,” and added that NextFab can provide job skills to community residents.

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