If you’ve ever wanted to design or fabricate something that you didn’t have the tools or the shop for TechShop may be just your ticket.
The idea started with some West Coast motorcycle enthusiasts who combined resources to develop a shop they couldn’t afford individually. Now TechShop has grown into a membership based DIY workshop and fabrication studio that provides more than
$1-million worth of high tech tools and equipment in six locations around the country.
If you have an ounce of creative ambition you gotta love their equipment set ups: MIG and TIG welding, CNC machines, mills, lathes, 3D printing, sheet metal brakes, AutoDesk design software and water jet cutting machines just to name a few. Electronics and woodworking capabilities are also available as is training on all of the equipment.
Current locations include three shops around the greater San Francisco area and individual shops in Raliegh-Durham, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; and Austin, Texas. Plans are underway to open a shop in Brooklyn, New York, in the near future.
The video below gives you a taste of what’s going on at TechShop.
And also check out this short, web-TV episode that explains what the company has to offer in more detail.