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Carrie Motamedi
carrie@techshop.ws
(415) 244-2204

TechShop Collaborates with DARPA and VA to Drive Innovation, Access to Public and Private Sectors
Partnership to result in new TechShop locations
MENLO PARK, Calif. , May 24, 2012 -- Today, TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, provided initial details regarding a new technology investment agreement between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and TechShop, Inc. that includes TechShop memberships for thousands of American veterans. As a result, TechShop will open new locations in Pittsburgh, PA and the Washington, DC area later this year.

With locations across the United States, TechShop supports the growing community of makers and innovators in America by providing tools, equipment, software and instruction within a large, open workshop space. TechShop members have use of flexible computer-aided manufacturing systems to build their skill set and produce tangible, custom products. Combining low unit costs of mass production processes with the flexibility of individual customization enables a tremendous increase in variety and customization without a corresponding increase in costs, resulting in strategic advantage and economic value. 

“This agreement will allow even more innovators, especially veterans, to have access to the tools and services they need to participate in the design and build process,” said Jonah Czerwinski, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Director of the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2).

"We are thrilled to collaborate with these two forward-thinking organizations,” said TechShop CEO Mark Hatch. “We like to think that we’recreating access to the tools of the next industrial revolution, to drive a movement in which genuine inspiration, combined with access to training and powerful tools, is changing today’s world.” 

DARPA Program Overview
The TechShop effort is part of DARPA’s Instant Foundry Adaptive through Bits (iFAB) manufacturing program. TechShop will serve as a small test bed for rapidly reprogrammable and reconfigurable manufacturing technologies.

Program Overview
The effort with TechShop and DARPA is part of the interest that the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) has in finding new ways of providing veterans with resources that help them to serve an important role in America’s economy. Through this partnership, 2,000 one-year memberships will be made available to American veterans.

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 San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.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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