What a great tour! TechShop is sort of like a gym for "makers": They charge a membership fee which gives you access to all the equipment...once you've passed the basic safety skills test. They offer classes, too. Let's see, among equipment that's available here are:
-tool benches, basic hand tools
-design work stations with 2D and 3D software
-silk screening area
-laser jet etching/cutting machines
-injection molding machine
-vacuum forming machine
-sewing area with heavy duty machines, sergers, embroidery machine, vinyl cutting machine
-bike repair/maintenance station
-wood shop (table saws, CNC milling machines, lathes, drill press, etc)
-machining shop (powder coating and sand blasting booths, tube bending machine, sheet metal bending machine, welding area, CNC milling machines, lathes, drill press, water jet cutter, etc)
There are also storage facilities, a kitchen/dining area, meeting rooms, a supply shop, and more.
So, for the submarine team, if we needed to vacuum form the windows for the sub, we could do it here. In fact, there are a lot of parts we could make here, if we had the training necessary and a membership. Another successful fact-finding trip!
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Mrs. Carts, hull advisor