TechShop San Jose Turns 1!

TechShop San Jose has completed one revolution around the sun!! If you haven't yet checked out the shop, this event is a great opportunity to see what we're about. Members will be showing off and selling their projects and staff will be giving tours and talking about what you can build here. There will be music, food, competitions, and MakerBot will be in doing demos on the Replicator! So, stop in, check us out and see how we can help you build your dreams!

Please park at the garage between 2nd and 3rd on San Carlos.  We will have validations available for the day

We will hold two competitions: Best of Laser, Metal, Wood and Textiles and Bin Wall Challenge: Build a Rube Goldberg Machine
Best of Laser, Metal, Wood and Textiles

  • Maximum of 5 spots for each category (i.e., 5 spots in Best of Laser, 5 spots in Best of Metal, etc.). Space is limited!
  • You must be able to arrive before 12PM to set up your work in the conference room
  • The item must be made at a TechShop
  • Winner of each category will receive 2 Choice Class Coupons
  • You don't have to be an active member to compete
  • To enter the competition, please email your name and submit a photo of the project to [masked]

Bin Wall Challenge: Build a Rube Goldberg Machine

  • You can ONLY use things found in the bin wall. Using any outside materials will disqualify you from the competition
  • TechShop machines will not be accessible. You may only use the tools supplied to you. (Please do not use the tools as part of your build!)
  • Good sportsmanship will earn you BONUSES (to be determined by referees)!!!
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct (hoarding, stealing, etc.) will be penalized. Penalty to be determined by referees
  • Referees can ask you to change steps they deem too dangerous at any time
  • Your machine must have a minimum of 5 steps, but the more, the better!
  • Each team will have 5 tries to have a perfect run
  • Winners will receive 2 Jumpstart Coupons per team member
  • Team size: 2-6 people. Space is limited, so sign up now!
  • To enter the competition, please email [masked] with your name, names of your team members, and team name

What is a Rube Goldberg machine? Check out this video!
This event is open to everyone. Participants for the Bin Wall Challenge must be 12 or older. All registered teams and participants will receive a special edition anniversary t-shirt!
We have a FaceBook event page for this event, if you would like to spread the word.

Participating Local Food Restaurants: Chachos and AJ's

Music by: The One, Starpulse, Xombie, and DJ Mr. Smith

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  • Raffie C.

    Thank you all for making it such a great event! Bin Wall Challenge and the "Best Of" entrants really made the difference! Congrats to all the winners! Thank You to TSSJ's amazing staff!

    September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    1-5 ; 5star ***** smart and nice people who are helpful if needed and did what they said they would do...

    September 22, 2012

  • Dora

    Rebecca, For the Bin Wall Competition? Or do you mean for general use of the shop?

    September 20, 2012

  • Raffie C.

    Chachos & AJ's Hot Dogs will be onsite, and of course we are surrounded by so many local restaurants! Only a few spots left if you want to enter any of the competitions!!!!!

    September 19, 2012

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