, the perfect father's day gift for the man who doesn't have everything as in powerful, industrial-grade tools.
The Menlo Park-based workshop is coming to Pittsburgh, bringing with it a playground of heavy duty tools for artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs of all genders. If you've ever wanted to try 3-D printing, a milling machine or a laser cutter, here's your chance.
"It's for everybody," says Mark Hatch, CEO who witnessed fashion designers, welders and musicians launch companies out of TechShop. "Sixty-four percent of all Americans want to make something for themselves."
Membership-based, TechShop allows clients to pay for a short-term project stay on much longer. Members gain access to equipment and computer-controlled tools, educational training programs and have the ability to interact with other builders, artisans and entrepreneurs.
An accomplished musician from Detroit designed and made his own string bass. A young female entrepreneur launched a unique cupcake business out of TechShop.
TechShop is looking for 20,000 square feet of space in the East End. A grant from DARPA will provide 300 free memberships plus training to veterans as well.
"Right now we're at a place where the amateur can learn to produce master quality work in a very short time," says Hatch. "It's always good time to learn a skill that leads to a vocation."
Source: Mark Hatch, TechShop
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