This year as I walked around the Autodesk University 2011 Exhibit Hall I smelled a unique odor that got my little ID heart pumping: Molten plastic. Amidst all of these computer hardware displays, someone was actually making something. I followed my nose and found TechShop's booth, where they had ShopBots, laser cutters and an injection-molding machine happily spitting out poker chips.
The booth was absolutely mobbed, so I had to wait until after hours to come back and get Zack Johnson, TechShop Dream Consultant, to give Core77 a rundown on what they do. (And later we'll show you the injection-molding machine in action.)