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|TechShop to Open as an Open-Access Public Workshop on the SF Peninsula|
|Workshop will offer public access to tools and equipment|
San Mateo, CA
, April 22, 2006 --
Jim Newton announced this week that he is forming a project called "TechShop", which will be an open-access public workshop located on the San Francisco peninsula.
"There are a lot of people on the peninsula who want to make things with their hands, including inventions, robots, and all sorts of things," said TechShop's founder, Jim Newton. "The problem is that very few people can put their own machine shop and fabrication facility together."
That's where TechShop comes in.
TechShop will provide members with inexpensive daily or monthly unlimited access to a full range of tools and equipment including milling machines, lathes, sheet metal equipment, welders, plastic casting and vacuum forming stations, electronic circuit design and prototyping tools, a 3D printer, laser cutter, automotive tools, keyway cutters, tachometers and torque meters, scales, and just about every other tool and machine you would ever need.
"We will also offer one-hour 'Building Block' classes to get you safely up-to-speed on a tool or machine, as well as longer term in-depth classes," said Jim Newton. "We will also offer a range of programs for kids and kids and parents, including programs for home-schooled kids."
"If people want to learn how to use a tool like a welder or a milling machine, they have to take a class at a local college or school, and take some extra lab time. But after the school-required project is completed, you no longer have access to the shop. Later when you want to use your new skill for a project of your own, you can't get access to the equipment. TechShop turns this model on its head," said Newton.
TechShop is scheduled to open in September of 2006. Daily unlimited access is planned to be priced at $30, and monthly unlimited access is planned to be $100. Newton plans to eventually offer members access to the TechShop facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in Menlo Park, Calif., with locations nationwide.
For information and course listings, visit http://www.techshop.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."
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