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10100 SW Allen Blvd
Beaverton, Oregon 97005, United States (map)

TechShop Portland goes Chapter 7; new site possible in 2011 By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian April 20, 2010, 12:23PM


Future events happening here

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Past events that happened here

  • Saturday
    Jan 23 2010

    Make:PDX will be kicking off 2010 with a meeting focused on Robots. Specifically the Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS - http://portlandrobotics.org)

    PARTS will be describing their group and some members will have the robots they have built on display.

    Also, the Oregon Robotics Tournament championships are coming up in February and are always looking for volunteers. More info at HTTP://www.ortop.org

    Hope to see you for our first meeting of 2010!

    RSVP: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/5220734/OR/Beaverton/MakePDX-January-Meeting/TechShop-Portland/?ps=7

  • Saturday
    Dec 19 2009
    Surface Mount Soldering Workshop

    So, you have a circuit board and a bag of parts you need to assemble. Or you’ve designed a circuit board in Eagle, gotten it fabricated, and you just got it back. Now you see that the parts which looked so big in Eagle are actually REALLY DANG SMALL. What are you going to do? How are you supposed to solder that?!

    Working with tiny Surface Mount parts is challenging but can be done in the comfort of your own home. Come to Dorkbot’s Surface Mount Soldering Workshop, presented by Jim Larson, held at OpenTechSpace at TechShop, on Saturday, December 19th, 2009 from 1pm to 5pm.

    When you’re done, you’ll have a step-up voltage module to take a AA battery up to 5V.

    To sign up, email [email protected].

    Cost will be $35, payable at the class.

    Please bring:

    • A soldering iron
    • A pair of tweezers
    • A pair of wire cutters
  • Saturday
    Dec 5 2009
    PCB fabrication workshop

    Do you want to learn how to design a printed circuit board and get it fabricated? This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to do that.

    Workshop cost is $35, but that includes the cost of getting your newly designed board fabricated.

    For more information, see http://www.dorkbotpdx.org/workshop/circuit_design_for_fabrication

  • Sunday
    Oct 11 2009
    Build Your Own Microcontroller Workshop

    OpenTechSpace, TechShop, and Tempus Dictum present an “Arduino Cult Induction” Workshop at TechShop on Sunday, October 11 2009, from 1 to 5 pm.

    The cost of the workshop is $35, and includes all the parts you will need.

    In this workshop, you will build a complete and functional Arduino-compatible micro-controller (Dorkboard), and will upload and run a program on it. The Arduino development environment is very popular with artists and other creative people, and can be built and programmed even if you have little hardware or software experience.

    More information at http://opentechspace.org/2009/09/21/arduino-cult-induction-workshop-1-5pm-oct-11/

  • Monday
    Oct 5 2009
    Getting Started with Microcontrollers Workshop

    This workshop is the first in a series of workshops on how to use microcontrollers to, well, control things.

    You’ve purchased an Arudino-compatible board or completed the Audino Cult Induction, so now it’s time to make your board actually do something. This monthly workshop covers simple but useful circuits to connect to the pins and how to control those circuits using the Arduino language.

    The first workshop is on October 5 from 7 to 9pm at TechShop in Beaverton. The class will be held in the upstairs classroom (the “Hack Hut“).

    To sign up, go to http://www.pjrc.com/store/workshop.html

    Cost of each workshop is $10. You will also need to have:

    • an Arduino-compatible microcontroller board, such as the Dorkboard from the Arduino Cult Induction (with the pins installed so you can use it in a solderless breadboard), a Teensy, etc.

    • a USB cable for your board

    • a solderless breadboard

    You can purchase a complete kit that includes all these (Teensy, breadboard, USB cable, plus the first workshop), for $40 from the same site. What a deal!

    You should also bring a notebook computer with the Arduino software installed, or come a half-hour early and we will help you install the software on your computer. Finally, bring wire strippers/cutters and some wire. We will have some multimeters, but feel free to bring your own.

    If you have any questions, email Paul Stoffregen – [email protected]

  • Saturday
    Jun 20 2009
    Quartz Composer Workshop

    Learn to Make Interactive Video with your Mac!

    Free. Reserve your space on Yahoo Upcoming http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/2776974/

    We are very lucky to have Surya Buchwald (also known as Momo the Monster) teaching a Quartz Composer workshop.

    Quartz Composer (QC) is a free, powerful easy-to-use visual programming language for the Apple Macintosh. This workshop will take you from starting the program for the first time to building your own Interactive scene controlled with a gamepad. You’ll learn how to teach yourself QC, and meet others with whom you can collaborate and troubleshoot. No programming experience necessary.

    For more information about QC, see: http://developer.apple.com/mac/articles/graphicsmedia/quartzcomposerinleopard.html To play with an interactive video piece (written by Surya), go to http://momopro.com/stage/qc/ — click and hold your mouse on the video and move it around to control the video.

    Immediately following the QC workshop, from 3-6pm, we will have a meeting of the NorthWest AudioVisualists, a new group of artists, musicians, animators, and video jockeys, which will include live performances using QC. See http://nwav.org for more information.


    Macintosh computer running 10.5 (Leopard). Anything from a G4 iBook to a Mac Pro tower will work.

    Gamepad (Mac-compatible). We recommend the Logitech Dual Action (either Apple Only or USB), which looks like a Playstation controller and can be purchased for $20 (from GameStop, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Best Buy, etc.). You can use any USB controller or joystick, but this one will be the easiest with which to follow along.

    XCode - This can be installed from your System DVD that came with your computer - it used to be called ‘Developer Tools’. It will install the components needed to develop software on your machine, including our Quartz Composer program. After installing, do a system update.

  • Sunday
    Jun 14 2009
    PC Board Fabrication Workshop

    Have you ever wanted to lay out and create your own printed circuit board? Then this inexpensive course is for you. This is a focused workshop on fabrication that will take three designs and follow them all the way to physical circuit boards using commonly available chemicals and the freeware version of Eagle PCB design (download).

    You should bring a laptop and any small designs you are working on. You will leave with enough materials to etch your own circuit boards, with the exception of chemicals that you can buy from any hardware store.

    Sunday June 14, 1-5pm Techshop Electronics Lab $35 (includes materials) RSVP and pay at http://tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html (Workshop: Fabrication 31MAY09 Techshop) If you have any questions, email Don Davis - [email protected]

  • Saturday
    May 16 2009
    Interactive Video Community Meetup

    Northwest AudioVisualist Interactive Community Meetup

    The Northwest Audiovisualist community is here to bring together artists in the interactive video/multimedia performance disciplines. Our meetings consist of open exchanges of information through demonstrations, screenings, socializing, and hands-on interaction. More information at http://nwav.org

  • Saturday
    May 9 2009
    Arduino Cult Induction at TechShop

    OpenTechSpace, TechShop, and Tempus Dictum will present an “Arduino Cult Induction” Workshop at TechShop on Saturday, May 9 2009, from 1 to 5 pm.

    In this workshop, you will build a complete and functional Arduino-compatible micro-controller (Dorkboard), and will upload and run a program on it. The Arduino development environment is very popular with artists and other creative people, and can be built and programmed even if you have little hardware or software experience.

  • Saturday
    Apr 25 2009
    TechShop Portland Grand Opening

    Mark your calendars! April 25 at 3:00PM TechShop will be officially open!

    Door prizes drawing at 4:30PM

    We are planning on demonstrating the furnaces and metal casting and other cool stuff.

    More details to come!

    So be there or be a quadrangle polygon with four right angle corners and sides of equal length.

  • Wednesday
    Apr 22 2009
    Lunch 2.0: Back to the 'Burbs at TechShop Portland

    Update: TechShop had to change the date to April 22, 2009.

      For the lucky 13th edition of Portland Lunch 2.0, we're heading back to the 'burbs to TechShop Portland in Beaverton.
      During January's Lunch 2.0 at the OTBC, Denney Cole and Wm Leler took some folks over to check out the new TechShop, and on April 22 (was March 25), Denney's opening the doors to show everyone all the cool stuff he has in there.
      What is TechShop? Why, it's "a membership-based DIY workshop that gives you access to a huge variety of tools and equipment, tons of friendly and easy classes, and a community of amazing people who share your interest in making things."
      Sounds like fun. Pack your safety goggles for this one, just in case you get the urge to weld something.
      No word yet on whether Todd will organize another party train. Stay tuned.
      Lunch 2.0 is a Valley phenomenon that you can read about at lunch20.com , and we're putting a PDX stamp on it.
      You can follow all things Portland Lunch 2.0 an the Silicon Florist .
      Are you vegan or vegetarian? Please leave a comment so we can plan food accordingly. Thanks.
  • Sunday
    Apr 5 2009


      The goal of MakePDX is to connect, inspire and grow a local community of people who make things.
      Builders. Crafters. Artists. Cooks. Geeks. Hackers. Anyone who makes or wants to make anything!
      Who are you? What do you make?
      We are new. Teach. Learn. Join us.
      April Speakers:
      Denny Cole - Portland TechShop - http://portlandtechshop.com
      TechShop is a 33,000 square foot membership based workshop that provides members with any skill level access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a creative and supportive community of like minded people allowing you to build the things you have always wanted to.
      Wm Leler - Open Tech Space - http://opentechspace.org
      Open Tech Space is a project of the Portland State University Center for Open and Sustainable Technologies (COAST) in partnership with various organizations. We are focusing on the greater Portland, Oreogn area, but hope the idea will spread to other places.
      The goal of Open Tech Space is to give Portland open and sustainable technology community physical gathering places for interaction at low or no cost, provide help with the creation of prototypes, encourage sharing and mentoring, and promote business development in the technology and art communities.
      The last speaker is YOU. Bring your projects and show them off!