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|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
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio that provides access to a vibrant community of creative makers, millions of dollars' worth of facilities, equipment, tools and software in each location. Based in San Jose, Calif., with locations globally, TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and training for people of all ages and skill levels to build whatever they can dream.
For information on memberships and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at @TechShop and on Facebook as TechShop Incorporated.
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