If you don't know about the TECH Shop CHECK IT OUT! Learn how to use Laser Cutters, anodizing, welding, sandblasting, and all kinds of machine tool technologies. CAD (Computer-Aided Design) CAM Computer-Aided Manufacturing, CNC Mills, vinyl cutters, and more are all at your disposal.
TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.
You can think of TechShop as a fitness club, but with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment. It is sort of like a Kinko's for makers, or a Xerox PARC for the rest of us.
"TechShop is designed for everyone, regardless of their skill level." While I am super lucky to have the original Tech Shop 20 minutes from my house, they now have locations in San Francisco, San Jose, Raleigh, NC, and Detroit, MI. Brooklyn, NY is planned.
"TechShop provides access to a wide variety of machinery and tools including milling machines and lathes, welding stations and a CNC plasma cutter, sheet metal working equipment, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, plastic, and woodworking equipment including a 4' x 8' ShopBot CNC router, electronics design and fabrication facilities, Epilog laser cutters, tubing, and metal bending machines, a Dimension SST 3-D printer, electrical supplies and tools, and pretty much everything you'd ever need to make just about anything. TechShop is for EVERYONE!"
P.S. I have taken classes. People will help you...there is no reason to be intimidated because you aren't an engineer or geek.