What is SYN Shop?

SYN Shop is a hackerspace located in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a space for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring, and of course, learning. Our motto is: "Let's make stuff awesome!"

The group tends to be focused on electronics. However, many members do metal working, programming, wood working, crafting, and a variety of other things. Synshop provides a fertile environment and community that is passionate about learning, helping others, and growing the community of hackers/makers/tinkerers/geeks in Las Vegas. We also like to meet people from other hackerspaces, and have seen people visit SYN Shop from hackerspaces world wide.

See SYN Shop Vision

Where is the SYN shop?

5967 Harrison Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89120

What is the best time to visit SYN Shop?

SYNShop is held open by volunteers, so we are usually there in the evenings outside of our day jobs. Currently, the shop is held during the following hours:

  • Monday: 7pm - 10pm
  • Tuesday: 7pm - 10pm Craft night, Cybersecurity Office Hours community night (alternating)
  • Wednesday: 7pm - 10pm DC702 Meetup (Last Wednesday of the month)
  • Thursday: 6pm - 10pm
  • Friday: 6:30pm - 10pm
  • Saturday: Noon - 5pm Sumo Robot fighting (Second Saturday of the month)
  • Sunday: Closed

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are sometimes themed after interest groups. If you come to work, your project does not have to match the theme. However these nights tend to attract members of the community that are interested in that theme. Sumo Robot fighting attracts autonomous robotics enthusiasts. Craft Night attracts "Team Low Tech" and all others who are interested in a variety of general crafts. Think of a knitting circle where one person knits, one person builds models, and another sews a quilt. Cybersecurity Office Hours attracts people interested in Cybersecurity DC702 is our local Defcon enthusiasts group.

You do not need to be a member to come spend time and acclimate yourself. You do need to be a member to use our equipment.

How do I become a paying member?

Go to our membership page and follow the 5 steps.

What are the dues?

Being part of the community is free as is joining our our Discord Server. It's also free to come down to the shop and acclimate yourself when ever we're open. Meet our people, and join in the conversation!

Using the equipment requires you to be a paying member. The dues are set at $50 per month. For this price, you gain access to all of our equipment during open hours. If you eventually become a Vetted Member in good standing, you will have access to the shop and its equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How to I get involved?

The best way to get involved with the group is to show up when we're open nights, join the Discord Server, and just participate in things. People at SYN Shop have all been very open to hearing what other people are working on, answering questions, and offering help. It's a great group of folks, and is looking to only get better in the future.

What are the rules?

We are a community, which means there are more people here than just you. If you get value from being with us, please give back with time or a donation. To expand on our most basic rule, "Don’t be a jerk" we have come up with the following rules (PDF) for members to follow while at SYN Shop.

Further, SYN Shop has our own bylaws that start out: "SYN Shop is dedicated to the goal of educating and enabling the greater Las Vegas community in the creative use of developing and established fabrication technologies, and to undertake and pursue any lawful activity associated with such technologies."

We regularly review the bylaws and the current copy is available for all to read (PDF).

What equipment do you have?

Lots! See our tool list for specifics.