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TechShop: Membership Only Geek’s Paradise/Inventor’s Dreamland; Do-It-Yourself Fabrication and Manufacturing Space

Mon March 28 2011 9:23 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=40145
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A new membership-based, do-it-yourself fabrication and manufacturing space allows inventors to work on their gadgets using the latest in high-tech equipment. Tech Shop has opened facilities in California with plans to expand across the country.

“Paradise for Geeks” Opens in California and is looking to franchise outward.


You can think of TechShop like a fitness club, but with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment. TechShop like a Kinko’s for makers, or a Xerox PARC for the rest of us. Instead of printing documents, you make things.

TechShop is designed for everyone, regardless of their skill level.

TechShop is perfect for inventors, makers, hackers, tinkerers, artists, roboteers, families, entrepreneurs, youth groups, FIRST robotic teams, arts and crafts enthusiasts, and anyone else who wants to be able to make things that they dream up but don’t have the tools, space or skills.

Tools include …
milling machines and lathes,
welding stations
CNC plasma cutter,
sheet metal working equipment,
drill presses
band saws
industrial sewing machines
hand tools
plastic and wood working equipment including a 4′ x 8′ ShopBot CNC router
electronics design and fabrication facilities
Epilog laser cutters
tubing and metal bending machines
a Dimension SST 3-D printer
electrical supplies and tools

As of late March 2011, here are the TechShop locations …
TechShop Menlo Park (Menlo Park CA)
Open Now

TechShop RDU (Raleigh NC)
Open Now

TechShop San Francisco (San Francisco CA)
Open Now

TechShop San Jose (San Jose CA)
Opening Summer 2011
TechShop Portland (Portland OR)
Moving to New Location, Reopening Fall 2011

TechShop Detroit (Detroit, MI)
Opening Summer 2011

TechShop New York (Brooklyn, NY)
Opening Fall 2011

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