The Big Think

August 30, 2006

Shop of Dreams

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 9:20 am

In Menlo Park, no less.

Make magazine has opened their TechShop. and I feel a little lightheaded. The TechShop is:

a membership-based drop-in workshop in Menlo Park on the San Francisco peninsula that provides members with access to a full range of hand tools and machines to safely perform practically any task any DIY project. The equipment at TechShop includes welders, milling machines, lathes, drill presses, band saws, sheet metal equipment, a 3D printer and laser cutter, vacuum forming system, presses, an electronics lab, sandblaster, air tools, and just about every other tool that a Maker would ever need.

TechShop also offers a wide variety of classes for members and non-members of all ages and skill levels in topics including soldering, welding, machining, CAD, 3D printing, laser cutting and etching, electronics, robotics, hacking, Legos and VEX, programming, green materials and design, sheet metal fabrication, plastics, and so much more.

The most exciting part of TechShop is the community that is already springing up around it. With nearly a thousand people on the mailing list for membership and classes, and over a hundred people who want to teach classes at TechShop, there will be a lot of really smart and interesting people hanging out there all the time.

How much is a membership, and will you open one across the street? I’ll never leave. Hey Sean, how about a plane trip to Menlo Park?

I should go lie down, I’m hyperventilating.

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