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|TechShop and Autodesk Collaborate on Innovative Autodesk Inventor Training Program|
|Free 3D Autodesk Inventor Design Software and Training with a TechShop Membership|
Menlo Park, California
, May 3, 2011 --
TechShop, Inc., the world's first DIY workshop and fabrication studio, is introducing an intense education program in collaboration with Autodesk, Inc., which will provide thousands of dollars in software and training to TechShop members. The program will include free Autodesk Inventor training and a free six-month trial of Inventor software.* The program will begin today and will be available for a limited time and for a limited number of TechShop members. The objective is to show people the power of 3D design software, enabling them to easily design their projects — and then build them using TechShop's advanced machines and tools. With existing locations in Menlo Park, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham — and San Jose opening soon —TechShop is a member-based DIY workshop where inventors, hackers, hobbyists, tinkerers, artists, entrepreneurs, and arts and crafts enthusiasts go to build the things they have always wanted to make. "Autodesk continues to show they are serious about the Maker community," stated Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. "Giving our members access to powerful design software along with introductory instruction on how to use it helps democratize the invention process. Now anyone can design using advanced 3D software and make their dreams on advanced machines such our CNC mills, wood routers, and plasma cutters, as well as our laser cutters and soon-to-be-operational Waterjet." "Combining our powerful 3D design and engineering software with TechShop locations' technical and creative resources is helping to drive the bits to atoms revolution," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president of Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. "Helping TechShop members is a great way for Autodesk to support that revolution." Building Your Dreams Just Got Easier Starting Saturday, May 7, TechShop will run several Inventor classes and workshops per week, which will be open and free of charge to all TechShop members in the Menlo Park, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham locations. Free Classes Include:
In addition, Autodesk is offering TechShop members a free* six-month Autodesk Inventor Professional Suite license for personal computer use. Members will be able to learn and use the program on their own computers at home or at TechShop. Members have automatic access to TechShop's high powered 12-core, 12GB memory, nVidia-graphics powered HP Z600 workstations with the Autodesk Inventor Professional to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. *Free product trials are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies the software.About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in Menlo Park, Calif., with locations nationwide.
For information and course listings, visit http://www.techshop.com, email email@example.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."
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