New York, NY , September 25, 2010 -- TechShop, the first membership-based DIY workshop and fabrication studio, today announced at the 2010 World Maker Faire its plans to open a TechShop location in the greater New York area in 2011. Soon, New Yorkers will be able to take advantage of TechShop's broad array of advanced machines, tools, and technology classes to design and make almost anything they can imagine.
"TechShop's mission seems to be directly in line with what the Maker Faire was created to do," said Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE Magazine and founder of the Maker Faire. "Visit the Maker Faire for inspiration and ideas, and then go to TechShop to make your dreams a reality."
"New York has always been a place where people come to make their dreams come true, and TechShop is the place where dreams are built – quite literally," said Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. "Our mission at TechShop is to engage, encourage and empower everyone – from hobbyists to inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and students – by providing sophisticated machines and tools in 15,000-square-foot workshops for our members. We lower the barrier to creativity by making tools that are usually only found in large companies available to everyone."
TechShop at World Maker Faire
As part of the World Maker Faire being held today and tomorrow at the New York Hall of Science, TechShop is sharing exhibit space with leading technology providers Autodesk and 3D Systems. The booth presents an overview of the broad array of machines, tools and instruction that will soon be available to New York area hobbyists, artists, start-ups and others who want to make things but lack the tools, space or skills to do so. TechShop staff is on site to discuss how its members can make things on machinery that ranges from manual mills and lathes to laser cutters, plasma cutters and a 4-axis CNC milling machine. These tools form the core of the equipment that TechShop offers its DIY workshop members for a monthly access fee.
TechShop recently announced an agreement with Autodesk, which will provide TechShop locations with its leading portfolio of Digital Prototyping software. TechShop members will be better able to design, visualize and simulate their ideas using Digital Prototyping applications AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Inventor Fusion Technology Preview, Autodesk Inventor Publisher, Autodesk Alias Design, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk SketchBook Pro, and Autodesk Mudbox. Autodesk will also provide high-end workstations to run the software within the TechShop collaborative work areas.
Also sharing the exhibit space is 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing systems and parts solutions. 3D Systems is showcasing its range of 3D printers, from personal printers for under $10K to the professional systems found at a TechShop location near you. With software tools from AutoDesk and complete freedom of design, 3D printers offer prototyping and concept models to fully functional, end use parts. The TechShop/AutoDesk/3D Systems booth is located in the Fabrication Tent.
About Maker Faire
Maker Faire's mission is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA, in 2006, and in May 2010, Maker Faire celebrated its 5th annual Bay Area festival. Due to its growing popularity and relevance, Maker Faire has this year expanded to Detroit and New York City. See the Maker Faire website (www.makerfaire.com) for details. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine, makezine.com, craftzine.com and O'Reilly Media, the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences and websites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators.
Ticket prices include admission to both World Maker Faire and NYSCI. Tickets are $25 for adults (18-61), $10 for youth (2-17), $20 for seniors (62+), and $15 for students with a valid ID. Two-day passes are also available. Tickets are available at www.makerfairetickets.com.
About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop, Inc. is the first membership based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, providing access to a vibrant community of highly-creative people and more than $750,000 worth of high-quality machines, tools, and software. Based in Menlo Park, CA, with a location in Raleigh, NC, TechShop offers training for people of all skill levels to get them started using TechShop's tools and equipment and build
new skills. TechShop has something for everyone, from stained glass tools to sewing and textile equipment, laser cutting machines to welding and machine shop equipment to robot development.
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