Hack-Make Space Comparison

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Noisebridge is, amongst other things, a provider of infrastructure for technical and creative projects, and a community of like-minded individuals. There are other spaces in San Francisco and the greater bay area that also have similar intentions and alignments to goals.

In order to help members of both organizations locate resources at either place, we've started to put together this resource listing. We encourage people to get off their butts and do cool projects, and use this list to expedite the process of doing so, by finding the tools you need, at the location that is most convenient for you.

This list isn't always up to date! Please help populate this list to the best of your knowledge, that will make it more useful.


Location: San Francisco and Redwood City

Has stronger focus on providing professional grade tools, such as laser cutters, CNC mills and Shopbots. Members of Noisebridge and Techshop frequently have overlapping interests and requirements.

Apparently, Noisebridge members can get a 1/2 price membership to TechShop. And the other way around. Awesome!

Hacker Dojo

Location: Mountain View

Ace Monster Toys

Location: Oakland


Check.png - Has this.

No.png - Does not has this.

(blank) - Maybe has this (unsure).

Resource locator and comparison


Noisebridge TechShop
Physical Space approx 5,600 sq. ft. approx 17,000 sq. ft.
Membership Cost (monthly) at least $40 at least $75
Availability open 24 hours 9 AM to Midnight
Organization Structure non-profit for-profit

Important Note: Noisebridge also allows non-members to use our resources.


Noisebridge TechShop
Disk Sander, Large, Pedestal Mounted Check.png
Grinders, Pedestal Mounted Check.png
Sand Blasting Cabinet Check.png
Wire Wheel, Bench Mounted Check.png
Vibratory Polisher Check.png

Arts and Crafts

Noisebridge TechShop
Vinyl Cutter, Computer-Controlled Check.png
Glass Cutters, Stained Glass Check.png
Soldering Irons, Stained Glass Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Floor Jack and Jack Stands Check.png
Motorcycle Lift Check.png
Transmission Jack Check.png
Engine Hoist Check.png
Battery Charger Check.png
Pneumatic Tools Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Darkroom with chemicals and supplies Check.png No.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Multimeters Check.png Check.png
Oscilloscopes Check.png Check.png
Soldering Stations Check.png Check.png
Power Supplies, DC Check.png Check.png
Signal Generators Check.png Check.png
Frequency Counter Check.png
Variable Transformer, Variac Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Cold Saw Check.png
Drill Press Check.png Check.png
Horizontal Band Saw Check.png
Vertical Band Saw Check.png
Tubing Bender Check.png
Angle Iron Bender/Notcher Check.png

Fabrics and Sewing

Noisebridge TechShop
Sewing Machine, Industrial Check.png Check.png
Sewing Machine, Standard Check.png Check.png
Overlock Machine, Serger Check.png Check.png
Embroidery Machine, Computer Controlled Check.png

Hand Tools

Noisebridge TechShop
Assorted Hand and Power Tools Check.png Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Camera, Digital SLR Check.png
Projectors Check.png Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Kitchen with utensils and counterspace Check.png No.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Granite Surface Plate Check.png
Height Gauges, Digital Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Lathe, Large Metal, with Digital Readout and Tooling Check.png
Milling Machine, Large, with Digital Readout and Tooling Check.png
Milling Machine, 4-Axis, CNC (Tormach) Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Calipers, Digital and Dial Check.png
Micrometer, Digital Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Vacuum Forming Station, 24" x 24" Check.png
Heat Strip Bender Check.png
Injection Molder (Morgan) Check.png
Router Table Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
3D Printer, ABS Check.png
Laser Cutter, Epilog (Helix 60 Watt) Check.png
3D Scanner (NextEngine) Check.png

Sheet Metal

Noisebridge TechShop
Box and Pan Brake Check.png
English Wheel Check.png
Planishing Hammer, Air-Powered Check.png
Rotary Turret Punch Check.png
Sheet Metal Shear, Power, 48" Wide Check.png
Slip Roll, Power, 48" Wide Check.png
Throatless Shear, Bench Mounted Check.png
Corner Notcher Check.png

Surface and Finishing

Noisebridge TechShop
Powder Coating Station and Oven Check.png
Spray Painting Area, Ventilation Hood Check.png


Noisebridge TechShop
Plasma Cutter, CNC, 4' x 8' (Torchmate) Check.png
Welder, TIG Check.png
Welder, MIG Check.png
Welder, Spot Check.png
Plasma Cutter, Hand Held Check.png

Wood Working

Noisebridge TechShop
Wood Router, CNC (ShopBot) Check.png
Table Saw (SawStop) Check.png
Compound Miter Saw, Sliding Check.png
Table Router Check.png
Band Saw Check.png
Belt/Disc Sander, Free Standing Check.png
Lathe, 24", 3HP Check.png
Scroll Saw Check.png
Drill Press, Free Standing Check.png