TechShop Fuels Innovation in San Jose with Grand Opening of Advanced DIY Workspace

TechShop, the first membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, will host a Grand Opening event on Saturday, September 24, from 10 AM – 6 PM at its new location in downtown San Jose at 300 S. 2nd Street. Councilmember Sam Liccardo (District 3) will make remarks and welcome this innovative business to the 10th largest city in the country.

"I am delighted to welcome TechShop to Downtown San José," said Mayor Chuck Reed. “TechShop will serve as a great resource for our many local innovators looking to incubate new technologies, create art or just have fun."

"Today the opportunity to engage, enable and empower people in San Jose, the innovation capital of the world, is a reality," said TechShop Founder Jim Newton. "TechShop San Jose is providing a broad array of machines and tools, instruction, and a supportive environment to hobbyists, entrepreneurs, artists and others who want to make things but lack the tools, space or skills. By supplying over $1M worth of advanced equipment for our member’s use, we have eliminated the barriers to making just about anything.”

TechShop will be providing in depth tours that showcase its collection of advanced machines, tools, and technologies that enable members to make almost anything they can imagine. Festivities will include displays of a variety of creations ranging from a JetPack to handmade craft items, all made at TechShop. Key partners including Autodesk, Bazaar Bizarre, MakerSHED, EepyBird and more will be represented in activities and demonstrations. Local food trucks from the San Jose based Moveable Meals will be outside with gourmet foods and delicacies.

Grand Opening Schedule
10 AM-6 PM TechShop Tours and Demos
11 AM Food Trucks Open for Lunch
12 PM Ribbon Cutting and Keynote Talk
3 PM Performance by EepyBird: The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments!

TechShop Membership and Grand Opening Offers
The TechShop membership model is similar to a fitness club: Monthly dues provide access to tools and high-end machinery instead of exercise equipment. TechShop is designed for everyone, regardless of skill level.

TechShop provides members with access to a wide variety of advanced machinery, tools and design software including: Epilog laser cutters, lathes, Tormach CNC milling machine, Lincoln welding stations, a 3D Systems ProJet-3000 3D printer, sheet metal working equipment, tubing and metal bending machines, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, woodworking equipment including a 4' x 8' ShopBot CNC router, plastics equipment, electronics design and fabrication facilities, 2D and 3D design software including applications from Autodesk and Adobe, and more. You do not have to be a TechShop member to take any of the more than 75 classes that are offered at TechShop.

Membership and Class Specials
In celebration of the San Jose location, there will be several opportunities to purchase memberships and classes at greatly discounted rates. There will be offers online as well as new promotions that will only be available in-person at the San Jose location the day of the Grand Opening.

Founded in October 2006, TechShop, Inc. is the first membership based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio, providing access to a vibrant community of highly creative people and more than $1million worth of high-quality machines, tools, and software. With plans to expand nationally, TechShop is based in Menlo Park, CA, with current locations in San Francisco, San Jose and Raleigh, NC, and soon to open in Detroit. TechShop offers workshop space and hands on training for people of all skill levels to get them started using TechShop's tools and equipment.

For information and course listings, visit: www.techshop.ws

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