Day 1: TechShop SF
Techshop is a bit different than other maker spaces. It's a for-profit organization, kind of like a fitness gym but with waterjet cutters, welding equipment, and big ol' lasers. We visited the San Francisco location and set up a Shapeoko on one of the big worktables upstairs. My first impression was that this space is huge, clean, and well-organized. There were maybe 60 people throughout the building elbow-deep into various projects. I wish we had gotten more time to take the full tour because their machine shop downstairs looked amazing.
People crowded around and chatted about making while we walked them through making their own custom bottle openers with Easel & Shapeoko. For whatever reason, the "mushroom" icon was really popular everywhere we went in SF.
A few tweets from folks who were there:
Check out the bottle opener that @jeremiak is designing at the MakeSF meetup using a cnc mill from @Inventables pic.twitter.com/NIYE5mTAGK— Drew Wilson (@drewSaysGoVeg) May 14, 2014
Annnd @jeremiak finished his project, a bottle opener made on the @Inventables cnc mill. pic.twitter.com/lWKkYHbod1— Drew Wilson (@drewSaysGoVeg) May 14, 2014
@Inventables Love how bottle opener turned out with cnc mill. #techshopsf pic.twitter.com/P8p309vhba— Mikiko Bazeley (@MikikoBazeley) May 14, 2014
Image by Instagram user jacquelynvk
This awesome mechanical contraption was sitting in their front lobby. I couldn't resist.