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Get a Jump Start on Your Project at TechShop Menlo Park This Saturday Answered

If you have a project in mind that you want to make, but you're not sure how to get started, the folks at TechShop invite you to come to the TechShop Project Kickoff and BBQ on Saturday, October 4 from 10 AM to 5 PM at TechShop Menlo Park and get expert help.

A panel of expert makers (including TechShop staff, TechShop Instructors, and TechShop's founder Jim Newton) will field your questions, offer advice, and help get you moving in the direction of success with your project, no matter how big or small.

This event is free and open to everyone who has a project they want to build, and you don't need to be a TechShop member to attend. Just bring your project ideas and your thinking cap.

TechShop is a membership-based DIY workshop that gives you access to tools and equipment, wide-open workspace, expert instruction, and a vibrant community of makers so you can build the things you have always wanted to make.

TechShop Menlo Park Web Site: http://www.techshop.ws

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

It is hard to find Techies in my area (its hard to find businesses that own computers from this century in my area). And I live only a (let me see) 12 day drive away *sigh*

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, the Amish don't really oblige to using computers much.. :D

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

There is also the "Black Bumper Mennonites" as well as a lot of sects in between. But I mean the companies here are pretty far back too. It was like, 1996 or 1998 when we finally got rid of Punch cards (*sigh*)

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

Punch cards are awesome!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, ever drop a whole tray (about 3,000) of them ? Now, you put them back in order LOL

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786ruben
786ruben

12 years ago

WHAT ABOUT MAIMI FL?? ANY WORKSHOP HERE??

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Not yet, but hopefully in the near future. There seem to be a lot of makers in your area!

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786ruben
786ruben

Reply 12 years ago

I'm interested in a project I been wanting to do , I want to build a cOmbo solar and small vertical wind turbine system , i have a 60 watt solar system from harbor freight and i read somewhere that i can connect a turbine to the control charger the solar system comes with but not sure, also i need to make a retractable pole system that the solar panels and vertical turbine would be set on but not sure how the pole would retract up and down " made from PVC or Aluminum Pipe " ANY HELP WOULD BE MOST APPRECIATED

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

That sounds like a great Instructable! I haven't done any solar or wind home power projects yet (other than designing the original Solar Death Ray on MythBusters), so I can't speak directly to whether the Harbor Freight controller would work with a turbine. We do have a fair number of members here at TechShop menlo Park who are working on solar and wind stuff, but I haven't seen anybody try that yet. I'll bet some Instructablers will chime in and make suggestions. Another great source for this kind of knowledge is Home Power magazine (www.homepower.com). Good luck!

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

We are planning to open in Seattle. Where are you located?

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Yerboogieman
Yerboogieman

Reply 12 years ago

near Sumner area

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Seattle is probably about as close as we are likely to open near you. Is that about 30 miles?

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acaz93
acaz93

12 years ago

aww , Free usable laser cutter (kind of ) one of these days i'll live in california

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Well, it isn't quite free. We do have a membership fee. ;) If you do move to California to get access to TechShop, you won't be the first. There are actually 3 people who are TechShop members who have moved from out-of-state to be able to use TechShop in Menlo Park! One of them is our member Walt. He moved from Tucson to the Bay Area to use TechShop...check out the video news story we have linked on our Press page about TechShop from our local CBS affiliate's nightly news.

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acaz93
acaz93

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, i know , but i mean , that i can use (mostly) freely laser cutter , (here You can only rent one and it costs about 250 a day ) and i need to buy the materials , there i can just pick everything up and start !

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

We are expanding. Where do you live?

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acaz93
acaz93

Reply 12 years ago

in Mexico ...

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acaz93
acaz93

Reply 12 years ago

Oh Really , you must be kidding!

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Are there makers in Mexico? Do you think there would be enough community support there for a TechShop? Thanks!

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acaz93
acaz93

Reply 12 years ago

Sadly , i've only met like 2 people who really "make " stuff and we're all spread across the republic , (believe me , it's easier if i move to SF , lol)

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

OK, well then maybe we won't have one there. We will put TechShop locations anywhere there is demand, but you're right...it might not make sense there.

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acaz93
acaz93

Reply 12 years ago

THX for the info ! BTW

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acaz93
acaz93

Reply 12 years ago

It's Ok To dream ...

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

That is TOO COOL! We all cheered out loud here at TechShop HQ! Thanks for doing that.

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ACIDTECH
ACIDTECH

Reply 12 years ago

You mention your expanding, what are the prospects for the UT SLC Valley if any? this is the kind of setup I've dreaming of for years but have lacked the means and while I was in school I hadn't the time to figure out the logistics to pull something this phenomenally terrific off.

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

A lot of people have asked about having a TechShop in SLC. I'm sure we will have one there at some point!

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

12 years ago

Hey, it could happen. We want to put TechShops in every community in which there are enough makers who want one and will support it.

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Menlo Park, California.

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danielsb7676
danielsb7676

Reply 12 years ago

Is there any in Jersey

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

No, not yet.

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

I'm curious...how much do you think access to a 15,000 square foot workshop, and over a quarter-million dollars worth of tools and equipment should cost?

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AnarchistAsian
AnarchistAsian

Reply 12 years ago

oh... lol, nevermind then, i thought it was just a question-asking thing, with some small tools... i'll see if i can make it to one!

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Coil guns and rail guns are legal to make, and make great science fair projects...sure you can make them at TechShop of you work safely!

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AnarchistAsian
AnarchistAsian

Reply 12 years ago

YAY! any coming to texas???

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Yes! Austin will be our first Texas location.

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AnarchistAsian
AnarchistAsian

Reply 12 years ago

oh cool, but it's a two hour drive from houston...

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canida
canida

12 years ago

Jim, I think you still hold the official record for Instructables use - I still haven't heard anything to beat your 14-hours straight! Hope the event went well.

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Hi Christy... Do you mean when I first discovered Instructables, and I spent all that time pouring through it? The event was really fun. I love talking to people about their project ideas!

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

14 hours? Pffft. I can beat that. Easy.

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, there is a lot of demand for a TechShop in or around NYC! We'll have one there too in the next few years!

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limpach
limpach

12 years ago

Any coming to Ohio?

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Not immediately, but in the next few years, yes. We want to build TechShop locations all over the world. We are opening in Durham, NC and Portland, OR this year (2008).

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Plasmana
Plasmana

12 years ago

Hmm, maybe I can build a Tesla coil there! :-)

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TechShopJim
TechShopJim

Reply 12 years ago

Yes you can, actually. 8)