TechShop has been getting a lot of press lately. Below are some recent articles and blog posts about us.


AZ Central
07/18/14 (Blog)
14 places to go, things to do for geeks in metro Phoenix
 

Open to the public, the collaborative effort by Arizona State University and the workshop chain TechShop gives inventors, crafters and tinkerers a place to create and innovate. Equipment includes woodworking tools, metal and plastic-fabrication machines, sewing tools and a 3-D printer.


Desktop Engineering
07/16/14 (Blog)
Mr. DIY Goes to Washington: TechShop Members at White House Maker Faire
 
Lawton brought along a couple of custom-made desks and furniture to the White House Maker Faire. But his star attraction was a waterjet-cut presidential seal, showcasing a variety of techniques he’d mastered through TechShop.

Forbes
07/15/14 (Blog)
Millennials Rediscover America (Hint: It's Not About Us)
 
In Pittsburgh, Wilbur was intrigued by TechShop, a co-working office not for tech nerds, but for welders, designers, textile artists. A space designed to revive manufacturing in a city known for its steel industry and smoke stacks.

Crain's Detroit Business
07/13/14 (Web)
Resources for veterans
 
TechShop Detroit. This fully equipped fabrication and design space, which includes everything from plasma cutters and 3-D printers, offers free one-year memberships good at any TechShop across the country. TechShop CEO Mark Hatch is himself a vet.

International Business Times UK
07/11/14 (Blog)
3D Printers Could Regenerate Injured Soldiers
 

President Obama learns about 3D printers on a visit to TechShop last month. Armed forces around the world are looking into 3D printing to help in war efforts.


The Christian Science Monitor
07/06/14 (Web)
The 'maker movement' creates D.I.Y. revolution
 
Adults who are interested in “making” in their spare time or looking for a shared workshop to launch a new product can join one of the nation’s eight TechShops, for-profit makerspaces where members ... have access to crisp, uncluttered prototype studios stocked with state-of-the-art equipment and staffed by expert makers.

Pittsburgh Magazine
06/28/14 (Web)
Best of the 'Burgh 2014
 

Best Place for Tech Nerds to Tinker: TechShop Pittsburgh likely will help our city to regain the title “Workshop of the World.” Located in Bakery Square, the studio is 100 workshops in one. With more than $1 million in machinery — everything from computers and 3-D printers to wood- and metal-shop tools — this local outlet of a California office makes it possible for anyone to complete nearly any project. You just need a $125 monthly membership or $50 day pass.


TechCocktail
06/27/14 (Blog)
Local Motors Strikes A Marketing Partnership With TechShop
 
Following their involvement with the first ever White House Maker Faire, Local Motors has announced a newly forged marketing partnership with TechShop. As part of an ongoing celebration of a Nation of Makers, this new collaboration will bring together two like-minded communities of makers while empowering the development of new products via online and physical innovation spaces.

Electronic Design
06/27/14 (Blog)
The Maker/HackerSphere Evolves
 
NI has developed a package of instruments and software expressly for product development and learning at TechShop. The hardware stays at TechShop on multiple benches. TechShop members can walk in with nothing more complicated than an iPad (or a Mac or Windows machine) and access (wirelessly or with cables) the functionality of an oscilloscope, logic analyzer, arbitrary waveform generator, and multimeter using an app called Data Dashboard for LabVIEW.

EE Times
06/25/14 (Blog)
National Instruments + TechShop = Happy Maker Community
 

I just heard from my chum Aisha Fletcher at National Instruments (NI) that the company has just announced a partnership with TechShop. As a starting point, NI is going to outfit two TechShop electronics labs with it technology, including LabVIEW system design software and myRIO, myDAQ, and VirtualBench hardware.


VentureBeat
06/25/14 (Web)
Local Motors Announces Partnership with TechShop
 

TechShop and Local Motors partner to empower a growing network of makers and accelerate the design, development and manufacturing of next generation products ... TechShop members who contribute ideas to projects that are commercialized, or who submit winning ideas to active Local Motors or FirstBuild challenges, will be compensated. Individual contributor and shared awards will range from $500 to $2,500. (Business Wire)


Mother Nature Network
06/25/14 (Blog)
14 'makers' who are changing the DIY world Read more: http://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/stories/14-makers-who-are-changing-the-diy-world#ixzz35yKFlH5r
 

#8. Mark Hatch & Jim Newton: TechShop If anyone embodies the spirit of the maker movement, it’s these guys. Jim Newton holds several design patents and was a science adviser for Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. Mark Hatch is author of "The Maker Movement Manifesto." But their greatest gift to makerdom may well be TechShops — “part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center.”


SFGate
06/24/14 (Blog)
TechShop’s latest project: A partnership with NI and new VirtualBenches
 

The VCR-sized machines cost $1,999 each and connect to laptops. NI is partnering with TechShop to outfit its electronics labs with the latest in NI hardware and software, as well as training classes, starting with TechShop’s San Francisco and Round Rock, Texas, locations. Eventually the program could grow to all eight TechShop locations nationwide.


MAKE
06/24/14 (Web)
TechShop Partners with National Instruments
 

TechShop today announced a new partnership with hardware and software manufacturer National Instruments. Sensors, software, and hardware from NI will begin to appear in TechShops, starting with the shop in San Francisco and the Austin, Texas location.


TechCocktail
06/20/14 (Blog)
What to Know About the Maker Movement and Why You Should Care
 
Taking TechShop as an example, COO Dan Woods cites that the total valuation of products that have been launched out of TechShop facilities is estimated at $10 billion. While certainly not a huge figure when compared to the greater U.S. economy, it’s not a number to simply scoff at. For Woods, the combination of the tools, resources, and – most importantly – connections found at maker spaces is what will enable further innovation.

Seattle Pi
06/19/14 (Blog)
Bay Area creators strut stuff at White House Maker Faire
 
Bay Area creative types swarmed the White House on Wednesday to show off the fruits of their extremely fertile minds at the first ever White House Maker Faire ... Seventh graders from Berkeley’s Black Pine Circle School, a San Francisco man who went from homelessness to hacking, the heads of the TechShop chain of fabrication studios, and DIY doyenne Brit Morin were among more than 100 makers from 25 states who strutted their stuff in front of an impressed Pres. Barack Obama.

The White House
06/18/14 (Blog)
President Obama at the White House Maker Faire: “Today’s D.I.Y. Is Tomorrow’s 'Made in America'”
 
These Makers took the White House by storm, demoing designs built with cutting-edge tools and technologies and sharing the inspiring stories that motivated them to Make. Mark Roth, for instance, explained that he used skills picked up at a San Francisco TechShop to beat homelessness and launch his own laser-cutting business. And Jane Chen showcased her low-cost newborn incubator, “Embrace,” which has already touched the lives of more than 50,000 babies around the world.

The New York Times
06/17/14 (Blog)
What’s News in Washington: Obama Hits the Road
 
In Pittsburgh, Mr. Obama’s focus will be on jobs and the economy as he visits TechShop, a company that provides tools and work space for people to get creative, to talk about the importance of innovation. There he will discuss new federal orders to give entrepreneurs access to technology equipment.

WTAE 4
06/17/14 (Video)
Obama seeks to draw attention to manufacturing: President visits TechShop Pittsburgh at Bakery Square
 

Obama visited this venerable steel manufacturing city to showcase a workshop chain called TechShop, a variation on a tool lending library that provides high-end instruments to hobbyists, tinkerers and start-up businesses to help them realize their innovations. The tour was designed to draw attention to Obama's own plan to make more government technology and assets available to the private sector. "I can't rent the space shuttle out to you," he joked. "But there are areas where we can in fact enhance what is already being done by companies like TechShop."


Chicago Tribune
06/17/14 (Web)
Obama to tout manufacturing gains, highlight economic progress
 
During a visit to TechShop, a do-it-yourself workshop and business incubator in Pittsburgh, the president will draw attention to ways manufacturing gains have helped advance economic growth.

NBC Pittsburgh (WPXI News)
06/17/14 (Video)
Obama gets injection mold of presidential seal during TechStop visit
 

President Obama went to TechShop in Bakery Square in Pittsburgh today to announce a new initiative to spur American manufacturing ... Hoping to aid a resurgence in domestic manufacturing, Obama announced the opening of federal laboratories and public-private research spaces to help entrepreneurs during an announcement to about 80 members of TechShop after his tour. Places such as TechShop give entrepreneurs quick access to 3D printers, work space and other tools that are necessary for designing a new product but prohibitively expensive for business start-ups.


TribLive
06/17/14 (Web)
Obama pushes to expand high-tech manufacturing during Pittsburgh visit
 

globalized economy buffeted by constant advances in technology wiped out the stability that previous generations relied on but presents opportunities for people who want to add jobs rather than find them, President Obama said on Tuesday in Larimer. Obama toured high-tech workstations at TechShop in Bakery Square, where people pay a membership fee to work with equipment too expensive for most small businesses to own.


C-SPAN
06/17/14 (Video)
President Obama Remarks at TechShop in Pittsburgh
 
President Obama made remarks during a tour of the TechShop facility in Pittsburgh.?He spoke about boosting the economy through investments in manufacturing and entrepreneurship.?

Getty Images
06/17/14 (Web)
President Obama Speaks On The Economy At Pittsburgh's TechShop : News Photo View similar imagesMore from this photographerDownload comp President Obama Speaks On The Economy At Pittsburgh's TechShop
 
President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd at TechShop Pittsburgh about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in manufacturing Tuesday June 17, 2014 in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Business Times
06/17/14 (Video)
Obama holds up TechShop as place for opportunity for entrepreneurs (Video)
 
Obama said there is no better example than the work being done at TechShop, which gives people access to expensive tools and technology for "the price of a gym membership."

The New York Times
06/17/14 (Web)
With Business Initiative, Obama Aims to Show He Can Act Without Congress
 
But the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s trip here was his visit to TechShop, a workshop that provides entrepreneurs and business owners with the ability to use 3-D printers and other equipment to create prototypes they could otherwise not afford to make.

Bloomberg Businessweek
06/17/14 (Web)
Obama Offers U.S. Assets to Help ‘Tinkers’ Create Jobs
 
Obama made the announcement of the federal program at TechShop, a private chain of workshops where people can take classes on electronics, metal working, and other industrial tool-based skills to build and test their own inventions and products and create jobs.

MAKE
06/17/14 (Video)
Maker Summit Hangout is Today!
 
Maker Summit at TechShop Arlington

WTAE 4
06/16/14 (Video)
Pittsburgh TechShop at Bakery Square in spotlight for President Obama's visit
 

"The most important thing about TechShop and what it symbolizes is that this really is the future. It's the intersection of technology, machines, and people making things ..." said Pittsburgh Technology Council President and CEO Audrey Russo ... TechShop was closed to the public Monday as it prepared for President Obama's visit. In its window is a sign promoting a "Maker Faire" event there. The day after the president visits TechShop in Pittsburgh, he'll be hosting a Maker Faire at the White House. What happens during his Pittsburgh visit will set the stage for that message of that Obama administration event.


The Wall Street Journal
06/16/14 (Web)
NI Reshapes Instrumentation With Software-Based, All-In-One Device
 
"Before, I didn't have the room or budget to buy a full setup for each bench," said Russell Stanphil, electronics advisor at TechShop. "I can now park one laptop and a VirtualBench on each seat, replacing four to five boxes."

Politico
06/14/14 (Blog)
THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD
 

On Tuesday, President Obama will travel to TechShop Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to deliver remarks on the economy. Following this, he will travel to New York City to attend the DNC LGBT Gala and take part in another DNC Event. On Wednesday, the President will host the first ever White House Maker Faire and meet with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch new businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and fuel the renaissance in American manufacturing.


Entrepreneur
06/13/14 (Blog)
The Make-It-Yourself Movement Is a New Mecca for Entrepreneurs
 
Back in the early 2000s, the Maker Movement took hold in California, based on the emergence of such do-it-yourself (DIY) tools as 3-D printers, Google's SketchUp and makerspaces such as TechShop, with all the tools you need to make almost anything ... The movement has spread across the country and across the globe, spawning innovative products, [and] events for enthusiasts, called Maker Faires, now stretch far outside California to places such as Detroit, New York and even Shenzhen, China.

Businessweek
06/09/14 (Blog)
All It Took to Cure Baldness Was a Laser Beam, a Garage, and an Indiegogo Push
 
Hamid then moved his operation to TechShop, a sort of club for people who like to make things with their hands. He and a couple of employees at Theradome turned TechShop into a qausi R&D facility, as they prototyped early versions of the helmet. “For $99 a month, we got access to their oscilloscope and computerized cutting machines,” Hamid said

Management Today
06/02/14 (Blog)
AUTHOR Q&A: Margaret Heffernan: A Bigger Prize
 
Many of the most productive, successful companies that I write about - Arup, Morning Star, WL Gore, Interface, TechShop, Basecamp - are not driven by competition but by two key things: a passionate shared dedication to knowledge and a professional commitment to the deliberate development of super-collaborators. This is what makes them standout companies that last.

L.A. Biz
05/30/14 (Web)
Q&A: TechShop CEO Mark Hatch wants you, L.A.
 

Mark Hatch wants to bring TechShop to L.A. The nationwide network of membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studios has signed a letter of intent to build its ninth location at The Reef(née LA Mart), a design and innovation hub downtown that’s also home to Maker City LA and Magic Box.


Crain's Detroit Business
05/29/14 (Blog)
If entrepreneurship is to revive Detroit, it can't be fueled by big business alone
 
TechShop in Allen Park provides welding and other skilled trades opportunities needed in the region.

Digital Journal
05/24/14 (Blog)
Fabrication Studio TechShop is coming to Los Angeles
 

Imagine a place where you can build whatever you want. There are tools you can use, people to talk to, and skills to learn ... Near the center of this DIY maker movement, where just about anyone can build something for cheap, is a chain of member-based workshops called TechShop. In October 2006, they set up their 1st shop in Menlo Park, California. Over the next few years, TechShop grew into a vibrant, creative community of artists, makers, engineers, startup enthusiasts, and everyone in-between. More than 10 shops later, TechShop is planning to expand into Los Angeles, California.


Jefferson Public Radio
05/21/14 (Radio)
Rogue Hack Lab: Incubator For Innovation And Learning
 
Mark Hatch is CEO of TechShop, a chain of maker spaces on the West Coast and elsewhere. He’s also author of “The Maker Movement Manifesto.” He says the sort of creative energy being fostered at Rogue Hack Lab is one of the defining characteristics of Maker Culture. Underlying it all, Hatch says, is a basic human need to create beautiful and useful things with our hands.

Washington University Political Review
05/21/14 (Blog)
Cortex Aims High
 
If all goes as planned, this project will soon be joined by TechShop, a co-operative workshop space where members can access professional-grade tools and equipment for prototyping new devices. This project found a champion in Jim McKelvey, a Washington University alumnus, fixture of the St. Louis technology scene, and co-founder of the mobile payment company Square. McKelvey used a TechShop location in California to develop the prototype of his company’s signature credit card reader.

The Irish Times
05/19/14 (Web)
3D printing and the Internet of Things
 
DCU’s decision to team up with TechShop means the latest 3D printing facilities will soon be available to everyone in Ireland

SFGate
05/16/14 (Web)
Blooming arts scene in the heart of the tech world
 
There's now a distinctive brand of digital culture in the valley that's all about innovation and disruption - the very essences of boundary-pushing art and technology. "Artists have always used technology as a tool," says Mark Hatch, CEO of high-tech maker lab TechShop. "But the density of engineers and entrepreneurs here who code and work in electronics means that high-tech tools are now more accessible and easier to use than ever."

The White House
05/15/14 (Blog)
Challenging Mayors to Help Make a Difference
 
In advance of the first-ever White House Maker Faire, mayors around the country are signing up to join the Mayors Maker Challenge, a call to action from mayors, challenging their peers to bolster Making in their own communities ... Cities are already getting involved by: Hosting Maker Faires and Mini-Maker Faires ... Supporting maker spaces, like TechShops and Fab Labs, that broaden access to the tools needed for design, prototyping, and making ...

EIN News
05/07/14 (Web)
IRELAND-BASED BUSINESSES FIND HIGH-GROWTH MARKET OPPORTUNITIES IN TEXAS AND NEIGHBORING STATES
 
Following agreement in principle to establish "TechShop Dublin" on DCU's Innovation Campus, Minister Bruton toured TechShop Austin with Paul Duggan, Managing Director of TechShop International. Often described as "America's most important start up", TechShop is an open-access fabrication studio or "maker space" that helps inventors, entrepreneurs and existing businesses prototype hardware innovations, by providing subscription-based high-end digital and advanced manufacturing tools.

WTAQ
05/06/14 (Radio)
Do-it-yourselfers inspire hardware renaissance in Silicon Valley
 
The advent of community workshops, often called hackerspaces, allow like-minded people to collaborate on everything from knitting to drones and often provide industrial tools - including laser-cutters and 3D printers - too expensive for most people to buy on their own. TechShop, one of the largest in its field, charges members a monthly fee for classes and access to tools, and has grown to nine locations around the country and 6,000 members since its first outlet opened in 2006.

Irish Examiner
05/05/14 (Web)
Irish companies embark on US trade mission
 
Next Minister Bruton will visit what has been described as "America's most important start up" - The Techshop facility in Austin. This visit has been arranged in light of the agreement in principle to establish 'Techshop Dublin' on DCU Innovation Campus. Techshop is an open access studio or 'maker space' which lowers the barriers for

The Washington Post
05/02/14 (Web)
From the Ground Up: Sparks fly as Compass assembles its furniture
 
Haft used to work out of a wood shop in Rockville, but he recently switched to the brand-new TechShop, which opened in April. The 21,000-square-foot Crystal City shop is the newest outpost of the Silicon Valley company, which provides tools and workspace for welders, woodworkers, computer scientists and other fabricators. When Haft and Suarez led this reporter through TechShop's rooms of expensive machinery and high-tech tools, it was like watching two kids in a toy store, except all of the toys are sharp and require signing a liability waiver.

WTTG Fox 5 News
05/01/14 (Video)
Crystal City Development
 
 

NPR All Things Considered
04/30/14 (Radio)
High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big
 

The TechShop in Detroit, opened in partnership with automaker Ford, is credited with helping increase the number of inventions by Ford employees, according to Bill Coughlin, CEO of Ford Global Technologies. TechShop recently announced it was opening a maker space in partnership with BMW in Munich. TechShop facilities were opened in Pittsburgh and Arlington, Va., after thousands of memberships were purchased for veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.


WEKU
04/30/14 (Radio)
High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big
 

All of this is lowering the cost of entry for entrepreneurs. Mark Hatch, CEO of a chain of maker spaces called TechShop, says the old model meant that an entrepreneur had to spend $100,000 or more to produce a prototype for a new product. Now it's a fraction of that.


Signal Magazine
04/23/14 (Blog)
Workshops Help Innovators Build Dreams
 
A high-tech workshop giving hobbyists and professionals alike access to millions of dollars of gadgetry, from computers to woodworking tools and other equipment they might otherwise not be able to afford, opened in Virginia and offers enthusiasts a place to literally build their dreams ... Membership for most who join TechShop comes with a cost but is free for military veterans, as TechShop has partnered with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation.

ARLnow
04/22/14 (Web)
TechShop Opens in Crystal City
 

TechShop, a subscription-based, high-tech workshop, has opened its 20,000-square-foot space at 2110-B Crystal Drive, in the Crystal City Shops. The shop opened last Wednesday after eight weeks of construction. It offers its members access to millions of dollars worth of equipment to use to build prototypes, new inventions or anything else they can dream up. [View photos here.]


Tech Cocktail DC
04/16/14 (Blog)
TechShop DC-Arlington Opens in Crystal City
 
First founded in 2006 and based in San Jose, CA, TechShop has since opened several locations across the US, including locations in Pittsburgh, PA, and Detroit, MI. Since 2006, the workspace has given birth to a lot of different innovative products – all from its members – ranging from the original prototype for Square to things like the Lumia lamp and the DODOcase. In the case of DODOcase, it was created by someone who initially had no idea how to use any of the tools, who made over a $1 million in sales three months later. TechShop DC-Arlington is TechShop’s eighth location, and will hopefully replicate these kinds of hardware successes.

Pando Daily
04/16/14 (Blog)
For Type A Machines, there’s no guessing where the 3D printing fun ride ends
 
In 1943, the then president of IBM, Thomas Watson, predicted that there was worldwide demand for just five computers. Perched on a stool in TechShop, where Type A Machines has its San Francisco office, the company’s co-founder Andrew Rutter says he tries to keep that prediction in mind, and the reality now 70 years later. His company makes 3D printers, a small player in a rapidly evolving space ...

GreenBiz
04/15/14 (Blog)
How She Leads: Lynelle Cameron, Autodesk Foundation
 

Cameron: One organization that we supported is a group called KickStart International. Their mission is to lift millions of people out of poverty across the African continent ... through a line of irrigation pumps ... The team had a pretty slow product development process. They'd have to do everything by hand, including melting plastic by friction, extruding it into a mold, to then get a particular part that maybe they could test in the field ... We brought them to San Francisco for three weeks, got them trained on our software, gave them access to TechShop and our Pier 9 facility ... and they were able to create digital prototypes, and then 3D prints of prototypes in a matter of days. Now they can go test those back in Nairobi.


TechRepublic
04/09/14 (Web)
The missing link in 3D printing: User-friendly software
 
In his keynote at the conference, Bass said the software trend is moving towards accessibility, but not ownership, just like every other industry. Think Netflix, Zipcar, and TechShop, he said. People are gravitating more toward using services and less toward owning the technologies to run them.

St. Louis Business Journal
04/08/14 (Blog)
Ellison tapped for director position at Cortex
 
Cortex President and CEO Dennis Lower said officials are close to raising the $3 million and 1,000 membership commitments needed to bring TechShop to town.

Pulse
04/07/14 (Blog)
Nine Billion times Nine Billion
 

Out of nine billion people, a few of them probably do have better ideas than the employees of any one particular company ... Part of the movement in the Maker Movement is entrepreneurial. It’s about lowering the barrier so far more people become a part of the innovation economy ... Mark Hatch is the CEO of a new kind of community for makers called TechShop that ... is like a health club for the mind combined with a social network combined with the most distributed factory floor on the planet ... Along the way you build a network of connections to reduce the time to invent new ideas—and produce them—from months and years to weeks and days.


The Washington Post
04/06/14 (Web)
With TechShop, the maker movement begins its rise in Washington
 

If making things is going to become big business again in Washington, ground zero may be a shop class playground for adults that will open in Crystal City this month ... This is the eighth outpost nationally of TechShop, a membership-based chain of places for building things ... Many of TechShop’s 6,000 members are hobbyists, students or teenagers. But it also serves as a laboratory for start-up companies, which is why it has become the darling of big research and development backers like General Electric, Ford and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


Chicago Tribune
03/31/14 (Blog)
How 3D printing will change Etsy, and more on the manufacturing revolution
 
In today’s economy, the spectrum of production spans from individual makers to corporate giants. All of them will be changed by the ongoing revolution in manufacturing ... “I would’ve preferred us to call it the ‘creative’ movement ... rather than ‘the next industrial revolution,’” TechShop CEO Mark Hatch said during the Friday panel, referring to the frequent description of this wave of affordable, easy-to-use tools ... Hatch said these devices are already affecting the way large companies take on design challenges.

Fox 10 Phoenix
03/29/14 (Video)
Tech Talk: 3D Printing -- TechShop brings digital edge to traditional arts
 

Craftsmen have been woodworking, welding and sewing for centuries, and one business, called TechShop, is transforming those arts with cutting edge technology. Here’s a look at how you can get in on the high-tech fun ...


PADT, Inc.
03/21/14 (Blog)
TechShop Chandler: A Place for Makers, Builders, Inventors, and Engineers
 

Even in this new location (there are seven other locations) in Chandler, [TechShop Chandler has] fully functioning labs that contain the equipment and software one would need to truly build almost anything. That in itself is pretty useful, but what is more important is they offer training on all of the tools they make available, often the missing piece in other attempts we have seen to offer technology and tools to people.


CNBC
03/19/14 (Web)
TechShop Announces Plans to Open in Downtown Los Angeles
 
TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio with locations across the United States, today announced it has signed a Letter of Intent with ownership of The REEF to pursue its first facility in Los Angeles, CA. TechShop would target to open later this year at The REEF, the new name for the LA Mart building, a design and innovation hub in downtown that also houses Maker City LA.

Silicon Valley Business Journal
03/19/14 (Web)
TechShop picks location in LA for 9th do-it-yourself studio
 
TechShop, the membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio operator, on Wednesday said it signed to open a new space in Los Angeles, its ninth location.

Pando Daily
03/19/14 (Web)
Autodesk has found new life with the maker revolution. (It just took a while)
 
“I think what you’ve seen recently in technology is a shift to a world of access, not ownership,” he says. “Look at Airbnb, or Zipcar, or even TechShop. Young people want the access and exposure without the burden of ownership.” Every local community may one day have their own futuristic Kinkos equivalent. It’s a trend we’re already starting to see with TechShops and MakerSpaces popping up in cities across America. But every home? Probably not.

Popular Mechanics
03/18/14 (Web)
25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream
 
16. Mark Hatch & Jim Newton, TechShop: If you want to see inventors launching companies alongside hobbyists building birthday gifts, step inside one of the eight TechShops that Hatch and Newton have opened so far. They are creating spaces where people can tinker with laser cutters, welding equipment, CAD software, sewing machines, and 3D printers—all for a $125 monthly membership fee. Think of it as a gym for makers. TechShops have birthed a number of commercial products, including Square's electronic payment system, DODOcase's iPad covers, and Lumio's stylish, booklike lamp.

Adweek Online
03/17/14 (Web)
Which Big Brands Are Courting the Maker Movement, and Why: From Levi's to Home Depot
 

The challenge of logistics looms for both sides, with massive companies struggling to work with multiple one- or two-person operations. It helps that makers often share resources through online outfits like Quirky and Skillshare and workspaces through entities such as TechShop, which can offer big marketers a single, efficient way to organize their maker relationships. Like the inventors themselves, maker branding alliances are eclectic.


Business Etc
03/13/14 (Blog)
DCU to launch its own fabrication studio early next year
 
DCU’s Innovation Campus formed an alliance with TechShop, a membership-based, DIY workshop based in the US, will give both members of the university and the general public the opportunity to learn advanced manufacturing skills and allow them to rapidly prototype new products ... DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith said the partnership would see an impact in “job creation, training, re-skilling and STEM education opportunities both in the local economy and right across Ireland.”

Silicon Republic
03/12/14 (Blog)
High-tech maker space TechShop planned for Ireland at DCU Innovation Campus
 
TechShop is coming to Ireland. The high-tech ‘maker space’ and Dublin City University (DCU) are today announcing an alliance that aims to give TechShop a home at DCU’s Innovation Campus in Dublin.

Campaign Asia-Pacific
03/12/14 (Web)
The maker revolution: A movement fueled by the wisdom of crowds
 
Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop, a leading advocate of the 'maker' revolution, shared multiple anecdotes and case studies spurred out of Techshop on stage. Techshop is essentially a creative community that provides access to tools, software and spaces based around different states in the US. People with no prior experience with engineering, design or product development have created wildly successful businesses.

RTÉ.ie
03/12/14 (Blog)
DCU signs deal to bring cutting edge tech workshop to Ireland
 

Dublin City University has struck an alliance with US firm TechShop, which will give people easier access to powerful innovation tools like 3D printers and laser cutters in Ireland.


Business & Leadership
03/12/14 (Blog)
TechShop fabrication studio coming to Ireland thanks to DCU alliance
 
A workshop and fabrication studio called TechShop which has locations across the US is being brought to Ireland next year as part of an alliance with Dublin City University (DCU) Innovation Campus. The news was released after TechShop CEO Mark Hatch and president of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith formally agreed to the effort at TechShop San Jose in the presence of Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn.

Social Media Today
03/10/14 (Video)
Mark Hatch Talks to @simonpearcelive About His Passion for Collaboration, Robots at #SXSW
 
Simon Pearce (@simonpearcelive) caught up with the amazing Mark Hatch (@markhatch) of TechShop at SXSW on Sunday. Mark had a lot to say about how co-working spaces and social networking are combining to give passionate, talented individuals the opportunity to come together and achieve amazing results. Mark told us about some of his favorite projects to come out of TechShop in the past few years. This was such a great interview that we left the blooper reel in! Mark's passion is infectious and, at one point, rendered us speechless (not a common occurrence).

Community Impact
03/05/14 (Web)
TechShop
 
Meanwhile, in other parts of the Round Rock facility, TechShop members work on projects ranging from building acoustic dividers for a recording studio to using a textile machine to stitch a quilt. By being a part of the TechShop community, Warren and the other members have access to more than $1 million in equipment and software that allows them to build almost anything they can imagine, TechShop Facilities Lead Christian Manrodt said ... “People are always interested in what other people here are doing and if they want to collaborate,” he said. “Without all these awesome people here, this is just a place with a bunch of tools in it.”

MAKE
03/03/14 (Blog)
The Audacity of Making
 

That time in the shop saved my life. Putting aside the anxiety and worry for an hour or two, while I worked on a project or took a class at TechShop, could always turn my mood around, or at minimum kept me distracted enough to do something productive. The patience of the teachers and the encouragement of others around the shop was my lifeline. Eventually, that became the new normal. It still is. Just keep going: moving forward, working on the next thing, and helping as many other people as possible.


Forbes - SAPVoice
03/03/14 (Blog)
The True Workhorse Behind the Maker Revolution (Hint: It's not 3D Printers)
 

But it’s not just big business that’s benefitting from the next generation production tools. TechShop, which offers paying members access to 15,000-square-foot shops that have everything from 3D printers and CNC machines to a textiles lab and water jets, is one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.


BBC World Service
02/28/14 (Video)
TechShop: turning ideas into cool stuff
 
How do young start-up manufacturers make their ideas a reality? It's not easy. Developing a prototype for a new product takes money and the necessary machinery. A business hub in San Franciso called Techshop is offering a collective space to provide some practical solutions to common teething problems. Dan went to have a look around.

St. Louis Business Journal
02/28/14 (Blog)
TechShop needs millions to move to St. Louis
 

Cortex and TechShop officials hosted an informational meeting Thursday to discuss the benefits of having a TechShop in the Cortex district and to pitch the corporate community on sponsoring members. TechShop COO Dan Woods said he left the meeting convinced that the workshop could be up and running by the fall of 2015.


Reason
02/28/14 (Blog)
Cool New Tools
 

We asked [Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly] Kelly to share three liberating tools that were not available in his Whole Earth days ... TechShop. Why bother to purchase fancy tools when you could join Techshop-a tool gym that has the latest of everything?


The Austin Chronicl3
02/28/14 (Blog)
It's Do or DIY: Whether quiet protest or paradigm shift, the handmade crowd has plenty to say
 
TechShop CEO Mark Hatch's panel, "Maker Democracy Spurs Innovation," suggests that the maker spirit can drive American entrepreneurship. And it's another indicator of how far the contemporary DIY ethos has veered from its hippie and punk roots. Modern makers dream big – not so much seeking an anarchic destruction of the American corporate culture as the creation of a whole new paradigm.

Grasp
02/28/14 (Blog)
Is the Maker an Agent of Change?
 
With the ‘Maker’ being hailed as the new way of living, the phenomenon is spreading like wildfire. According to Mark Hatch, author of the Maker Movement Manifesto, makers now have the tools available to change the world. But is it enough to move from consumption to production at large?

Elevation DC
02/27/14 (Web)
State of the DC retail market: Georgia Ave ascendant, creative spaces
 
Sigmund cited TechShop Arlington as the tip of a new trend of putting "technology-based companies" that aren't quite retail, but aren't quite office or industrial either, in traditional retail spaces. TechShop, which opens next month, is moving into what had been a Safeway but was vacant for the past decade. "It's taking challenged spaces and putting something new into the community," he said. "We believe these companies...are going to be something that changes retail space use."

Riverfront Times
02/27/14 (Blog)
High-Tech Workshop Where Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey Built Square Eyeing St. Louis
 
Inventors need workshops. Thomas Edison built his in Menlo Park, New Jersey, and it's there that he hit upon the incandescent light-bulb; Nikola Tesla's mythic New York lab contained only God-knows-what. (Teleporters, probably.) But when St. Louians Jim McKelvey and Jack Dorsey needed a prototype for a mobile payment platform, they went to TechShop in Menlo Park, California ... TechShop is eyeing St. Louis for expansion, and the possibility has the city's technology and innovation community hustling to gin up interest and funding.

St. Louis Public Radio
02/27/14 (Radio)
TechShop Looking For Members In St. Louis
 
TechShop, a do-it-yourself industrial workshop, based in seven cities made its pitch Thursday to expand into St. Louis ... Cortex President and CEO Dennis Lower said TechShop has about a third of the membership commitments required and half of the $3 million needed in start-up capital.

Huffington Post
02/27/14 (Web)
How One Man Went From Being Homeless To Owning A Small Business
 
After a week in the homeless shelter, Roth found a flier for TechShop -- a community workshop that allowed members to use computers, tools, equipment and studio space ... After one month, he had earned enough to pay for another month of membership. The side jobs rolled in, and eventually TechShop hired him as an instructor ... two years later, Roth lives in an apartment with his family, owns his own successful business and helps his city's mayor tackle San Francisco's monstrous homelessness epidemic.

100K Garages
02/26/14 (Blog)
World’s first “origami” kayak sets sail out of TechShop SF
 
"My team worked on dozens of small paper prototypes before we got ready to ‘make it real’ over at TechShop. We worked with a number of traditional shop tools for fabricating in metal and plastic, and then we added in their ShopBot full-size gantry CNC in order to cut the floor board, as well as small plastic reinforcing parts..”

St. Louis Business Journal
02/25/14 (Blog)
Cortex officials meet to woo TechShop to St. Louis
 
Lower said if all goes smoothly, TechShop could be ready for its first occupants by the end of 2015 and would become one of five innovation centers within a block of each other in the Cortex district ... The resulting innovation cluster is intended to create a critical mass of entrepreneurial talent, business support and access to venture investment that will accelerate new company formation that will benefit the St. Louis region.

CBS St Louis
02/25/14 (Radio)
Charlie Brennan – Tuesday, February 25th ... Entrepreneur Dennis Lower, Cortex Pres., on Possible “Tech Shop” in St. Louis
 

The 43rd in a series on growing innovative entrepreneurism in the STL region with Dennis Lower, President and CEO of Cortex, who would like to see a TechShop come to St. Louis. TechShop is a do-it-yourself “Maker Shop”, designed to let people of varying skill levels gain access to industrial tools, equipment and technology.


Transpositions
02/24/14 (Blog)
Is The Maker Movement Making Souls?
 
Have you heard of the Maker Movement? I recently picked up a book titled The Maker Movement Manifesto (McGraw Hill, 2014). In this book, Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop, argues that a Robin Hood-like revolution is underway in the world of manufacturing. He lays out a vision for a culture in which making is taken from powerful corporations and placed in the hands of individuals.

SF Gate
02/22/14 (Web)
Marc Roth opens fund campaign for Learning Shelter program
 
Within six months, Roth was supporting himself as a TechShop instructor and part-time helper for other members. Within 16 months, he had started SF Laser, making $75 an hour for production laser cutting and etching. Now, two years later, Roth, 39, wants to help other homeless people reap similar benefits.

Pando Daily
02/21/14 (Web)
Marc Roth hacked his way out of SF homelessness. Now he’s helping others do the same.
 
Roth’s story is one for the books: He fought his way out of poverty using nothing more than a TechShop membership, perseverance, and a little help. Now that he’s sorted out his future, he’s trying to raise money to help other homeless individuals do the same through TechShop training.

Elevation DC
02/20/14 (Blog)
Arlington maker space to open in March
 
In addition to classes, Woods says that TechShop is open for corporate events and birthday parties. The Arlington location will have three large conference rooms and a full catering kitchen. Storage is available for rental on site, and community groups should be able to use the shop occasionally for meetups for free.

BioSTL
02/20/14 (Blog)
CORTEX LOOKING TO ADD NEW FABRICATION INNOVATION CENTER
 

One of the five targeted innovation centers is TechShop, a membership-based, Do-It-Yourself workshop and fabrication studio that provides its members access to more than $1 million worth of machines, tools, and software for design and prototyping. Launching TechShop requires start-up capital and approximately 1,000 memberships. Currently, Cortex has one-third of the memberships secured and is seeking membership commitments for the remainder.


next STL
02/19/14 (Blog)
CORTEX Aiming to Add Tech Shop to Booming District
 

As they continue their mission to build an epicenter of innovation in midtown St. Louis, leaders of the Cortex innovation community are hoping next week to create another in a series of seismic ripples — by attracting to the district a facility aimed at reaching amateur and professional inventors ... There are currently seven TechShop locations in the United States. The Cortex district is seeking to bring TechShop number eight to St. Louis.


Crain's Business Detroit
02/10/14 (Web)
'Makerspace' movement brings invention – and some contention – to Grand Rapids
 
Alternately described as a tremendous asset for West Michigan or the "great Satan," the arrival of TechShop Inc. in Grand Rapids no doubt would bolster the ability of entrepreneurs to build prototypes cheaply through "makerspaces" — community-operated workshops that offer members the use of sophisticated machine tools.

St. Louis Public Radio
02/09/14 (Web)
St. Louis Looks To Land TechShop
 

There may soon be a place in St. Louis where entrepreneurs and hobbyists can turn their plans into reality... [TechShop] CEO Mark Hatch said St. Louis has the right elements for the company, including a robust start-up scene.Cortex, St. Louis’ technology district, is working with TechShop to raise $3 million in capital and obtain 1,000 membership commitments that Techshop needs to open its doors.


TNW
02/07/14 (Blog)
VegasTechFund’s Jen McCabe on making hardware startups easier and surviving the ‘trough of sorrow’
 
As companies move on to the building phase, cheaper prototyping methods offer startups an advantage. Resources like TechShop, 3D printing and incubators, have greatly simplified the process.

Inc.
02/06/14 (Web)
New Initiative Aims to Teach Hardware Skills to the Homeless
 
Here's how the program will work: four students will be given accommodations for 90 days. Each will spend 30 days working on a core curriculum and 60 days working on their own track, VentureBeat reported. They will also have a free membership at TechShop, the San Francisco-based do-it-yourself workshop where Roth picked up the skills he used to start his business. Roth is looking for $60,000 to be able to run four students through the inaugural class.

Huffington Post
02/05/14 (Blog)
Makers Are Radically Changing the World...Already
 

Briefly, a very well equipped makerspace, like TechShop, has all the tools you need to make almost anything in the world ... The question is no longer, "Will the Maker Movement change the world?" Rather, "How will it change it next?" and "How do you want to change the world?"


VentureBeat
02/05/14 (Video)
‘Learning shelter’ is raising $60K to teach maker skills to the SF homeless
 

A formerly homeless man who taught himself how to use laser cutters and CNC machines while living in a shelter now wants to give that kind of opportunity to others ... After a year at TechShop, he was able to start a hardware company of his own called “SF Laser.” He not only supports himself but is employing several other people now, too. In January, he was invited to Washington D.C. to advise a coalition of city mayors, including San Francisco’s Ed Lee, about actionable solutions to homelessness.


Entrepreneur
02/03/14 (Web)
Exploring the Deep Ocean With Underwater Robots
 
"We're living in a really extraordinary time," Lang says. "Here are two guys with almost no money, and we're building submarines in Eric's garage because we had access to prototyping tools at TechShop. All of a sudden you don't need much to get something off the ground."