Entrepreneurs get hands-on with ideas at TechShop

Its grand opening may have only just occurred, but the massive DIY workshop in San Francisco's SoMA neighborhood is already a thriving community oozing with ideas.

Apple, Google, and HP are just a few of the companies hatched in small garages--innovators surrounded by tools and machines, bringing ideas to life.

San Francisco's TechShop, which had its grand opening Saturday, is a community that wants to offer anyone the chance to be a big thinker, by providing a start-up environment equipped with just about any tool you can think of, along with training, expertise, and other resources.

The massive DIY workshop occupies a 15,000-square-foot space in San Francisco's South of Market neighboorhood, and it's already a thriving community oozing with ideas. With staff and classes that help bring concepts to reality, there's just about everything here, including gizmos and facilities you might otherwise never get a chance to use: laser cutters; a sheet metal shop; a wood shop; and machines for injection molding, vacuum forming, and textiles; as well as application-filled computers and an electronics lab.

About the author

James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.

 

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