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. TechShop is also something along these lines, with stronger focus on providing professional grade tools, such as laser cutters, CNC mills and Shopbots. Chances are that members of Noisebridge and Techshop have overlapping interests and requirements.

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.

Please help populate this list to the best of your knowledge, that will make it more useful.

Apparently, Noisebridge members can get a 1/2 price membership to TechShop. Awesome!

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 anarchist for-profit

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


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

Arts and Crafts

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


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


  Noisebridge TechShop
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  Noisebridge TechShop
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Power Supply, DC    
Signal Generator    
Frequency Counter    
Variable Transformer, Variac    


  Noisebridge TechShop
Cold Saw    
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Horizontal Band Saw    
Vertical Band Saw    
Tubing Bender   
Angle Iron Bender/Notcher    

Fabrics and Sewing

  Noisebridge TechShop
Sewing Machine, Industrial    
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Embroidery Machine, Computer Controlled    

Hand Tools

  Noisebridge TechShop
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  Noisebridge TechShop
Camera, Digital SLR    
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  Noisebridge TechShop
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  Noisebridge TechShop
Granite Surface Plate    
Height Gauges, Digital    


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


  Noisebridge TechShop
Calipers, Digital and Dial    
Micrometer, Digital    


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


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

Sheet Metal

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

Surface and Finishing

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


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

Wood Working

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