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High Five
Thursday, May 28, 2009

TechShop is a place for inventors and hobbyists, a warehouse filled with expensive tools and creative gadgets. The third of its kind in the U.S., the business provides resources for these scientists that they would be hard-pressed to buy themselves.

Housed in a 33,000-square-foot warehouse in Beaverton, TechShop is a Willy Wonka-like headquarters for inventors and hobbyists that gives its members access to spendy tools most garages don’t have, from $15,000 laser cutters and smelting equipment to an $8,000 tungsten inert gas welder used to weld stainless steel. It also offers space for storage and offices for companies working on test projects, as well as member- and employee-taught public classes on everything from robotics to welding.

Read the full story in the Willamette Week.

 
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