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

TechShop Supports Maker Movement’s Innovation Output with Grand Opening of DIY Workspace
Genuine inspiration combined with access to skills training and powerful tools to provide new opportunities for Metro Detroit’s creative community
ALLEN PARK, Mich. , April 24, 2012 -- TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, will host a Grand Opening celebration that spans the entire weekend of Saturday, May 5 through Sunday, May 6, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days at its new location within a Ford Land building at 800 Republic Drive in Allen Park. TechShop Detroit is the result of a collaboration between TechShop, Ford Global Technologies and Ford Land.

"Ford brought TechShop to Detroit as part of a collaboration to tap into the community's creative energy and to help reinvigorate innovation in the automotive and other local industries,” said Bill Coughlin, CEO of Ford Global Technologies.

Just as importantly, Coughlin sees TechShop as a way to help spur the creativity of Ford engineers. “Ford has also taken a leadership role in bringing ideas from outside the automotive space, including academia, consumer electronics and information technology companies, to help create powerful first-to-market technologies such as Ford SYNC. Why not extend those opportunities to individual inventors and the maker community as well?”

TechShop and Ford executives, along with other key partners like Autodesk, local TechShop members and the Detroit area maker community, will take part in celebrating the existence of this innovative business in the greater Detroit Metro area.

“Organizations like TechShop provide a great resource to our many local entrepreneurs who are looking to incubate new technologies and put their knowledge and skills to work as part of Detroit's growing community of innovators,” said Emily Doerr, manager of small business programs, Detroit Regional Chamber.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Ford, a company that truly embraces the open innovation model, to bring TechShop into a community with the highest concentration of industrial and mechanical engineers in the United States,” said TechShop CEO Mark Hatch. “Providing access to the tools of the next industrial revolution to one of the communities where manufacturing was born is going to be game changing."

During the Grand Opening event, TechShop will showcase its collection of advanced new machines, tools and technologies that enable members to make everything from toys to instruments to vehicles. Tours of the facility will be available as well as a full program including panel discussions, workshops and film screenings. Key partners will be represented in projects, demonstrations and displays including Ford, Autodesk, The Henry Ford Museum, MAKE, Etsy and more. Food trucks will offer gourmet street faire food in the front parking lot.

Executives from TechShop and Ford will kick off the event on Saturday, May 5 with brief remarks and a maker-style door opening at 10:30 AM. See the online event invitation with more details at http://techshop.ws/ts_detroit.html

Design Challenge
Leading up to the event, TechShop Metro Detroit is sponsoring an invitational design challenge: The People Mover Challenge was opened to the public to submit entries for creating a device that safely transports two adults from Point A to Point B. Entries range from an all-season toboggan to a hovercraft and will be ready for display and judging at the May 5 and 6 Grand Opening celebration. More details are available at http://techshop.ws/detroitchallenge.html

Membership and Class Specials
In celebration of the Detroit area location opening, special discounted rates on memberships and classes will be offered. Additional online offers as well as new promotions will only be available in person at the Allen Park location during the Grand Opening event.

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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