Bay Area Geeks: TechShop Memberships Make Great Stocking Stuffers

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Here’s a great gift for the maker/hacker in your life. The TechShop in Menlo Park, CA is offering a special deal for the holidays: $49 for a one-month membership, with two special classes included.  That’s half-off the regular monthly price.

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What, you don’t know what TechShop is? Even $49 seems a little pricey?  Well, let’s make sure you understand what a DEAL this is:

TechShop is a 15,000 square-foot membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a creative and supportive community of like-minded people so you can build the things you have always wanted to make.

You can think of TechShop as a health club but with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment. It is sort of like a Kinko’s for makers, or a Xerox PARC for the rest of us. 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.

Take a look in the extended post at the list of equipment that’s available to members.

Special thanks to GeekDad reader Keri M. for pointing this one out to us!

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Here is a list of the core tools and equipment are available to you as

a TechShop member:

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Abrasives


Disk Sander, Large, Pedestal Mounted

Grinders, Pedestal Mounted

Sand Blasting Cabinet

Arts and Crafts


Vinyl Cutter, Computer-Controlled

Automotive


Floor Jack and Jack Stands

Motorcycle Lift

Transmission Jack

Electronics


Multimeter

Oscilloscope

Soldering Iron

Fabrication


Chop Saw

Drill Press

Horizontal Band Saw

Vertical Band Saw

Fabrics and Sewing


Sewing Machine, Industrial

Hand Tools


Open and Box End Wrenches, Inch and Metric

Socket Wrenches, Inch and Metric, and Ratchets

Instruction


Video Camcorder, Digital, 3 CCD

Layout


Granite Surface Plate

Height Gauges, Digital

Machining


Lathe, Large Metal, with Tooling

Milling Machine, Large, with Digital Readout and Tooling

Measurement


Calipers, Digital

Micrometer, Digital

Plastics


Plastic Seam Welder, Floor Mounted

Plastic Welding Setup, Handheld

Vacuum Forming Station, 24" x 24"

Prototyping


3D Printer (Dimension SST)

Laser Cutter, Epilog (Helix 45)

Milling Machine, Desktop, CNC

Sheet Metal


Box and Pan Brake

English Wheel

Planishing Hammer, Air-Powered

Press Brake, 15-Ton Power

Rotary Turret Punch

Sheet Metal Shear, Power, 48" Wide

Slip Roll, Power, 48" Widel

Throatless Shear, Bench Mounted

Surface and Finishing


Paint Booth, Table-Top (10′ W x 5′ T x 2′ D)

Powder Coating Station and Oven

Welding


Plasma Cutter, CNC, 4′ x 8′

Welder, MIG

Welder, Oxygen Acetylene

Welder, Spot

Welder, Stick Arc

Welder, TIG

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