Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. Where is TechShop located?

A. TechShop Abu Dhabi is located at Block C, Al Zeina, Raha Beach.

 

Q. What are TechShop's operating hours?

A. TechShop Abu Dhabi is open Sunday thru Saturday from 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM except for major holidays.

 

Q. Can you show me how to use the tools and equipment?

A. Yes! We offer Safety and Basic Use (SBU) classes to get you up to speed quickly and safely. See our Classes page for a list of currently offered classes.

 

Q. What type of classes does TechShop offer?

A. We offer several types of classes:

  • Safety and Basic Use (SBU) classes are designed to provide you with basic safety training on a specific tool or machine.
  • Pathway classes are offered as building blocks to help you meet your project goals.
  • Project classes offer instruction in the specific techniques necessary to complete an in-class project.

See the Classes for a complete list of currently offered classes.

 

Q. Do I have to be a member to take classes?

A. No! Anyone can take classes at TechShop. (For safety reasons, some classes have minimum-age requirements). Taking a class is a great way for you to pick up new skills and experience the many ways in which a TechShop membership can empower you first hand.

 

Q. What tools and equipment does TechShop provide its members?

A. We provide our members access to just about every machine, tool and process that you can imagine, including milling machines and lathes, laser cutters, sheet metal equipment, welding equipment, woodworking equipment, plastics working equipment, hand tools, 3D printers, CNC vinyl cutters, sewing machines, design software and lots more.

For a more complete list of tools and equipment, see Equipments.

 

Q. Can I use any tool or machine in the shop?

A. Yes, as soon as you have taken and passed the Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class for that tool or machine, if one is required.

Many of the tools and some of the machines at TechShop DO NOT have an SBU. However, for safety reasons, if a machine can injure you or can be damaged through improper use, then you must first take and pass the related SBU.

 

Q. Can I reserve time on a machine?

A. Yes! With an active TechShop membership and matching SBU class, you can reserve time on any machine in advance of your visit by calling the TechShop Front Desk or through the website - Reserve Equipment.

For a more complete list of tools and equipment, see Equipments.

 

Q. How much does a TechShop membership cost?

A. For current membership pricing and offers, see Memberships.

 

Q. How do I cancel or get a refund for a TechShop membership or class?

A. See the Payments, Refunds and Cancellations for complete details.

 

Q. Can my kids work on projects and take classes with me at TechShop?

A. See here for information on Minors and Shop Access.

  • Kids and young adults (8 to 17 years of age) can work on projects at TechShop under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian if they are included in your membership. (Call and ask about Family Membership offers.)
  • Many classes at TechShop are open to kids and young adults (8 to 17 years of age) when they are taken with their parent or legal guardian. Please see the Minors & Shop Access for more information.
  • Children under 8 years of age are not permitted to enter the workshop areas at TechShop except during staff guided tours, age-appropriate classes and certain special events.

Q. Does TechShop carry liability insurance?

A. Of course. We have liability insurance and we require members and anyone who takes a class at TechShop to sign a liability release waiver. We also require members to receive safety training on machines and equipment before they can use it. We don't want anyone to experience an injury. We always strive to build a safety-conscious culture at TechShop.

 

Q. Can I open a TechShop in my area?

A. We are expanding TechShop to other cities as company-owned locations and are not currently offering franchise opportunities.

 

Q. Can I freeze my membership?

A. No. Exceptions can be made in case of justified medical or family emergencies.

 

Q. How does the Refer a Friend program work?

A. See here for information on Services.

 

 

Changes to our Frequently Asked Questions

If we decide to change our Frequently Asked Questions, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update Frequently Asked Questions modification date below.
This policy was last modified on February, 2017.

 

Contacting Us

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