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Connie J. Zheng
North of Nine Communications for TechShop
connie.zheng@nof9.com
(415) 268-4821

TechShop and ASU Chandler Innovation Center Mark First Year of Making
Celebration to feature unveiling of National Instruments Electronics Lab at TechShop Chandler
CHANDLER, Ariz. and SAN JOSE, Calif. , November 11, 2014 --

TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its shop in the Chandler Innovation Center at Arizona State University.

To mark the milestone, TechShop will host a special event at the facility on Saturday, November 15. The event will run from 11:00AM to 2:00PM and consist of exciting demonstrations of 3D printers and laser cutters, a showcase of student and community member creations, and comments from TechShop and partners ASU, National Instruments, and the City of Chandler.

“Partnering with ASU at the Chandler Innovation Center has proven to be an ideal way for TechShop to expand its mission to embrace higher education,” said Dan Woods, chief operating officer of TechShop. “It’s incredibly satisfying to see the passion and creativity of students and Chandler area makers come to life at TechShop Chandler.”

The workspace at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center is TechShop’s first academic partnership, following corporate and government partnerships. TechShop and ASU broke new ground to ensure student access to the benefits of the maker movement: all full-time ASU students receive free membership and equipment training, helping them develop measurable and practical problem-solving skills, learn how to execute effectively and gain technical experience that’s exclusive to TechShop.

“As a higher education leader in the maker movement, ASU is proud to offer our students unprecedented access to more than $1M worth of prototyping equipment,” said Mitzi Montoya, Vice President and University Dean for Entrepreneurship + Innovation at ASU. “This past September, we began offering free memberships to any full-time ASU student. In only two months, we have seen over 500 students sign up to take advantage of this amazing resource.”

TechShop Chandler has already seen many exciting and creative projects from local makers and student members, which range from modified wheelchairs for U.S. military veterans to whale-shaped iPhone holders for charging.

Moving Forward: A New Electronics Lab by NI
As part of the celebration, TechShop partner NI, a global provider of flexible, platform-based solutions for engineers and scientists, will unveil its third NI Electronics Lab, following lab openings in Round Rock and San Francisco earlier this year. Each electronics lab provides professional engineering tools to TechShop members, helping students, innovators, and entrepreneurs quickly turn their ideas into reality. The labs include LabVIEW system design software as well as myRIO, myDAQ and VirtualBench hardware.

The TechShop Chandler proximity to ASU was especially interesting to NI because of its own developing collaboration with the university around student innovation, research, international programs, and professional development.

"The integration of maker spaces along with access to real-world engineering tools gives students more opportunities to learn by doing," said Ray Almgren, NI Vice President of Corporate Marketing. "NI is excited to work with TechShop and ASU to inspire innovation and provide the resources and tools needed to ensure students are prepared for success in the workplace."

A list of membership offers for Chandler can be found online at https://secure.techshop.ws/memberships.cfm?step=select_offer&offer=58.

About ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation
The Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation (E+I) serves as the hub for entrepreneurial activity at ASU. E+I supports ASU students, faculty and alumni and local community members, helping them navigate the wide range of entrepreneurship-related classes, programs and resources available throughout the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

About National Instruments
Since 1976, NI (ni.com) has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers from a wide variety of industries—from healthcare to automotive and from consumer electronics to particle physics—use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.

About TechShop, Inc.
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 and 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 info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at @TechShop and on Facebook as TechShop Incorporated.

TechShop currently offers a number of investment opportunities. For more information, or to RSVP for one of our upcoming live webinars, visit invest.techshop.com.

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