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Carrie Motamedi
carrie@techshop.ws
(415) 244-2204

TechShop Demonstrates Do-It-Yourself Dream Building with Machines and Tools at Maker Faire
DIY ideas come to life at world's largest annual maker festival May 22 & 23 in San Mateo, Calif.
MENLO PARK, Calif. , May 18, 2010 -- TechShop, the first membership-based DIY workshop and fabrication studio, will participate for the fifth time as an exhibitor at the annual Maker Faire in San Mateo, California. TechShop will be demonstrating how its members can make things on machines that range from manual mills and lathes, to laser cutters, plasma cutters and a 4-axis CNC milling machine. These tools form the core of the equipment that TechShop offers its DIY workshop members for a monthly access fee, similar to the fitness club model.

TechShop is a key sponsor of the Maker Faire Bay Area, along with other big names in innovation such as Ford Motor Company, Hewlett Packard, Livescribe, Jameco, Chevrolet, ShopBot, Epilog Laser and Lego Education. Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots innovation, a place where "makers" meet. The family-friendly event is for creative people of all ages and skill levels, and offers two days of exhibits, activities, instruction and information from a wide variety of vendors. The event is projected to attract over 90,000 people from all over the Bay Area who want to marvel and be inspired by the world of "making".

"Think of TechShop as a piece of Maker Faire that's available all year long," said Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE Magazine and founder of the Maker Faire, regarding the role TechShop plays at Maker Faire.

"If you're inspired to explore what you can do, join others like you at TechShop." "TechShop is the place where dreams are built ... quite literally," said Jim Newton, who founded TechShop in 2006. "Our mission at TechShop is to engage, encourage and empower everyone to build their dreams. Our mission is directly in-line with what the Maker Faire was created to do. TechShop provides 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. TechShop is for everyone, and so is the Maker Faire. If someone wants to become a maker, I tell them that they should visit the Maker Faire for inspiration and ideas, and then come to TechShop to make their dreams a reality."

TechShop Show Barn
TechShop and MAKE Magazine are curating the Maker Faire "TechShop Show Barn" this year. The barn will house numerous machine demonstrations and selected TechShop member projects. Jim Newton and other TechShop staff, members and machine tool representatives will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, TechShop partners ShopBot, Tormach and Epilog will be in the Show Barn to demonstrate their products and the wide range of dream projects being built by members at TechShop.

TechShop member exhibits will include:
* Arts, Crafts & Creative Solutions
* Working Models
* CNC Tools and Projects
* Gravity-powered, Human-powered, (Electric) Motorcycles, and Space Vehicles

Visitors will be able to purchase TechShop memberships and classes at special Maker Faire prices at TechShop's sales counter in the Show Barn. These special prices will also be available online for a limited time before and after the Maker Faire Bay Area event at http://www.techshop.ws/mf2010promos.html.

Learn More About TechShop
Everyone will have additional opportunities to learn more about TechShop and its huge facility full of machines and tools next month at two TechShop Open House events scheduled for June 5 and June 19, 2010. These TechShop Open House events will be held at TechShop Menlo Park from 10 AM to 6 PM.

The TechShop Open House on June 5 will feature Gever Tulley, founder of Tinkering School and author of "Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do)". MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty will be the guest speaker at the June 19th event.

TechShop is located at 120 Independence Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is being held on May 22 & 23, 2010 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, and now expanding to Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. Held annually in each of these locations, the event may expand elsewhere in the future. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine (makezine.com) and O'Reilly Media, the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators.

For more information about Maker Faire, please visit http://www.makerfaire.com. Daily admission to the Maker Faire is $25 for adults. $15 for students ages 13-20 or with a student photo ID if 21, and $10 for youth ages 4-12 years. Children up to 3 years old are free.

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

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