Entrance to S.F. TechShop
At Fifth and Howard streets in San Francisco sits TechShop, part of a growing franchise made just for makers. TechShop is designed to have the convenience of a corporate gym mixed with the underground hacker mindset. During CNET's visit, an eclectic bunch of members--including policemen, entrepreneurs, and fashionistas--all huddled in the gym-size playground and took prototyping into their own hands.
TechShop, which opened a new location in San Jose, Calif., this past weekend, puts commercial-scale hacker spaces on the map.
CNET recently got a tour of the 15,000-square-foot San Francisco location led by co-founder Jim Newton. Like a gym membership, anyone can pay to play for $99 a month to use milling machines, welding equipment, and other tools like a 3D printer.
Here, Noah Chittim (right) works the front desk. He greeted us before kindly reminding us to wear safety glasses.
June 30, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Josh P. Miller/CNET
| Caption by: Boonsri Dickinson
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