Last night, I had the pleasure of attending an info session for a TechShop that will be opening in the Durham, NC area later this summer. TechShop is a well-equipped project center built by Makers, for Makers. They say: “It is like a health club with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment…or a Kinko’s for geeks.”
Based on what we heard last night, I’m really excited. They’ve got laser cutters, mills, welding equipment, industrial sewing machines, and the like. There will be classes and workshops on a number of topics. If their first location (in Menlo Park, CA) is an indicator, there will be an active community of Maker folks to chat with and trade tricks and ideas. Sound like a great place to work on your projects and have access to a bunch of great hardware that you wouldn’t generally have access to.