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The OH and I just got back from the TechShop preview party. Here's a bit of the blurb from their web site:
TechShop is a fully-equipped open-access workshop and creative environment that lets you drop in any time and work on your own projects at your own pace. It is like a health club with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment...a Kinko's for geeks. [...]

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.
Their facility is over 15,000 square feet and will have

Abrasives Disk Sanders, Large, Pedestal Mounted
(Sanding and Deburring Materials)

Grinders, Pedestal Mounted
(Grinding and Wire Brushing Steel)

Arts and Crafts Lost Wax Casting Equipment
(Making Jewelry and Small Metal Parts)

Plaster Casting Equipment
(Making Molds from Objects and Casting Plaster Objects from Molds)

Sewing Machine, Industrial
(Sewing Fabrics, Leather, Canvas)

Silkscreen Printing Equipment
(Printing on Fabric, Paper and Other Substrates)

Automotive Dynamometer
(Measuring Horsepower of a Vehicle at the Drive Wheels)

Engine Diagnostic Computerized Reader
(Reads Diagnostic Information from a Vehicle's Computer System)

Engine Hoist
(Removing and Replacing an Engine in a Vehicle)

Floor Jack and Jack Stands
(Raising a Vehicle)

Motorcycle Lift
(Raising a Motorcycle to Workbench Height for Work)

Overhead Vehicle Lift
(Lifting a Vehicle Into the Air for Under-Vehicle Work)

Transmission Jack
(Removing and Replacing a Transmission in a Vehicle)

Blacksmithing Anvils, Hammers and Tools
(Working Hot Metals)

(Heating Steel and Iron for Working)

Electronics Multimeter
(Measure Electrical Circuits and Components, VOM)

(Testing Electronic Circuits and Components)

Printed Circuit Board Etching Tank
(Etching Copper Away From Copper Clad Printed Circuit Boards)

Soldering Iron
(Solder electronic components, wires, connectors, and metals)

Soldering Stations
(Using Molten Lead and Tin to Connect Electronic Components and Metals)

USB Oscilloscope, Parallax
(Measure electronic signals)

Fabrication Bender, Hydraulic Mandrel
(Bending Steel Tubing for Mufflers and Tubing Projects)

Bender, Large
(Bending Angle, Tubing and Bar Stock)

Bender, Small
(Bending Angle, Tubing and Bar Stock)

Chop Saw
(Cut Steel Bar Stock)

Drill Presses
(Drilling Metal, Plastics and Wood)

Heat-Treating Oven
(Tempering and Hardening Metals and Heating Materials to Precise Temperatures)

Horizontal Band Saw
(Cutting Lengths of Long Metal or Plastic Stock)

Riveter, Stationary, Air-Powered
(Install Rivets in Sheet Materials)

Scroll Saw
(Intricate Cutting of Various Sheet and Stock Bars of Metal, Wood and Plastic)

Vertical Band Saws
(Cutting Sheet and Plate Aluminum, Plastics, Wood)

Hand Tools Open and Box End Wrenches, Inch and Metric
(Tighten Nuts and Bolts)

Socket Wrenches, Inch and Metric, and Ratchets
(Tighten Nuts and Bolts)

Instruction Helmet-Mounted Wireless Camera
(Allows Class to See What the Instructor Sees During Classes)

Video Camcorder, Digital, 3 CCD
(Recording of class reference)

Layout Granite Surface
(Precision Layout)

Height Gauges, Digital
(Precision Layout)

Machining Lathes, Large Metal, with Tooling
(Turning Metal, Plastic and Other Materials)

Milling Machines, Large, with Digital Readouts and Tooling
(Milling Metal, Plastic and Other Materials)

Measurement Calipers, Digital
(Measuring Parts Up To to 8 Inches to 0.01")

Infrared Surface Thermometer
(with Spotting Laser)

Micrometer, Digital
(Measuring Parts of 1 inch or less to 0.001")

Plastics Blow Molding Station
(Heating and Inflating PET and PVC Preforms into Molds to Make Bottles)

Casting, Vacuum
(Making Molds and Casting Objects with Plastic)

Injection Molding Station
(Injecting Melted Plastic into Metal Dies)

Plastic Seam Welder
(Making Waterproof Bags and Air Inflatable Devices)

Plastic Welding Setup
(Welding Polyethylene, ABS, Styrene, Nylon, etc.)

Rotational Molding Machine
(Motor-Driven 2-Axis Spinner Tumbles Molds)

Vacuum Forming Station
(Forming Sheet Plastics Over a Form)

Prototyping 3D Printer
(Produces 3D Objects from CAD Programs in Tough ABS Plastic)

Laser Cutter
(Cuts and Etches Metals, Plastics and Other Materials)

Milling Machine, CNC
(Producing 3D Objects)

Robotics Lego Mindstorms Sets
(Building Objects and Robots with Legos)

VEX Building Sets
(Building Objects and Robots with VEX Parts)

Sheet Metal Angle Shear
(Cutting 90 degree Corner Cuts in Sheet Metal)

Box and Pan Brake
(Bending Sheet Metal Up To 48" Wide)

English Wheel
(Forming Sheet Metal into Fenders and Rounded Forms)

Finger Brake
(Bending Sheet Metal Up To 48" Wide)

Hand Operated Shear, Tabletop
(Cutting Sheet Metal and Sheet Plastics up to 48" Wide)

Planishing Hammer
(Forming Sheet Metal into Fenders and Rounded Forms)

Press Brake, Electric Hydraulic
(Bending and Stamping Sheet Metal Up To 48" Wide)

Roller, Sheet Metal
(Rolling and Forming Sheet Metal into Cylinders and Tubes Up To 48" Wide)

Rotary Turret Punch
(Punching Holes from 3/16" to 2" in Sheet Metal)

Sheet Metal and Plate Shear
(Electric Hydraulic Up To 48" Wide)

Sheet Metal Shear
(Foot Operated, 16 Gauge Up To 48" Wide)

Throatless Shear, Floor Mounted
(Trimming and Cutting Sheet Metal)

Surface and Finishing Anodizing Station
(Applying an Anodized Surface to Aluminum Parts)

Paint Booth
(Applying Paint to Surfaces)

Powder Coating Station
(Applying Powered Pigment to Surfaces)

Sand Blaster, Cabinet
(Cleaning and Preparing Surfaces)

Welding Plasma Cutter
(Cutting Sheet Metal)

Plasma Cutter
(Cutting Thicker Plate)

Welders, MIG
(Steel, Stainless Steel)

Welders, Oxygen Acetylene
(Gas Welding. Brazing, Cutting)

Welders, Stick Arc

Welders, TIG
(Aluminum, Steel)

They're also planning to offer a boatload of classes.

The place is very much a work in progress right now. It was fun to walk around and look into all the rooms; a few had equipment but most only had a label for what was eventually going to be there.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 9th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Sep. 9th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
*headthwack* So that party's still going on?

(gets up to shower and leave for the wingding)
Sep. 9th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
That's a really interesting idea - I could see myself in more than a few of those classes. :)
Sep. 9th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's pretty impressive -- and their $100/month fees are exceptionally reasonable, too. Sadly, no woodworking equipment, though.

Stanford has an engineering student shop that's somewhat like that, which I've been using for the last few years, and it's definitely a lot of fun. Most of what I've been using lately has been woodworking tools, though.
Sep. 10th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
They do have some woodworking stuff (see the Fabrication part).
Sep. 10th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Some, yes, but not very much -- no table saws, jointers, and planers, for instance, which are the sort of things one needs for serious woodworking-oriented projects.

Then again, I suppose that shop already exists in Sunnyvale, so there's no point in competing. (Hmm. That actually might be an interesting marketing idea for them, to offer joint memberships or some sort of crossover privileges between the two shops.)
Sep. 10th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
There's also Woodcraft in San Carlos, but I don't know if they let you play with their shop without supervision. I think it's probably only for classes.
Sep. 9th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh man, most incredible classes ever!

There's plenty of big warehouses around here where something like that could go -- just that huge amounts of $$$ would be needed as usual.
Sep. 10th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Cool. I could definitely see using the sewing machine if I didn't already have friends who are letting me use theirs (I'm in the middle of making a bunch of my own ultralight backpacking gear).
Sep. 10th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
I was there, too
Around 12:30. Anyway, it is awesome. But now that I have a job I really don't have time for another outside activity. I'll keep it in the back of my mind, though.
Sep. 10th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
Re: I was there, too
I guess we just missed you!
Sep. 10th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Oh my ghods. That sounds like pure heaven. :)

Sep. 10th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
That's sounds so awesome!!

Also: Oscilloscope!
Sep. 11th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
OOOooooooooo! Especially the lost wax jewelry making...
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