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For those of you who live within driving distance of San Jose, California there is a new "adult" playground openning up in July. For $100/month you get unlimited use of all available equipment 24 hrs a day.





TechShop will be a fully-equipped open fabrication workshop and creative environment which is currently being planned by Jim Newton and Ridge McGhee. The facility will be located on the San Francisco peninsula.

Anyone will be able to come in and build and make all kinds of things themselves using the TechShop tools, machines and equipment, and draw on the TechShop instructors and experts to help them with their projects.

TechShop is designed for everyone, regardless of their skill level. TechShop is perfect for inventors, "makers", hackers, tinkerers, artists, roboteers, social antagonists, 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.

The TechShop workshop provides a wide variety of machinery and tools for the open and unlimited use of its members, including milling machines and lathes, welding stations and plasma cutters, sheet metal working equipment, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, plastic working equipment, electronics design and fabrication facilities, tubing and metal bending machines, electrical supplies and tools, and pretty much everything you'd ever need to make just about anything all by yourself. Take a look at the equipment list here.
 

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It certainly is a great idea, but a heck of an investment in equipment and a little bit risky.
I hope it works out well for them.
 

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I hope theyve got good insurance cover i could see some idiot who doesn't have a clue about engineering injuring himself and suing
The basic idea is very sound but they need to either provide good supervision or only allow membership and access to people who can prove their competence with the machinery
 

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I have used the first three machines while doing my 2nd year welding course at college and really enjoyed it alot before i got my back problem and had to give it up.
 

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QUOTE (bangerblueed @ 31 May 2006, 21:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I hope theyve got good insurance cover i could see some idiot who doesn't have a clue about engineering injuring himself and suing
The basic idea is very sound but they need to either provide good supervision or only allow membership and access to people who can prove their competence with the machinery

Well said - seems an odd facility to come out the country that gave us the litigation society !
 

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Not really well said at all. In fact it shows a level of ignorance that is offensive to me.

The US is a lot less simplistic than you all think. When it comes to suing there's them that do and them that don't. This is set up in Silicon Valley by people that are gear heads. They're too busy building the next century to worry about litigation.

Lot's of these guys are into robotics. That's what brought them to my attention.

If you still have questions come to the Northern California it's a lot different than you might think of the US.
 
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