, 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 has seen everyone from fashion designers to musicians launch companies from the shop. "Sixty-four percent of all Americans want to make something for themselves. Everyone hangs together and makes things."
Membership-based, TechShop allows clients to pay for a short-term project or longer. Members gain access to equipment and computer-controlled tools, educational training programs and the ability to interact with other builders, artisans and entrepreneurs.
An accomplished musician from Detroit designed and made his own string bass. An young female entrepreneur launched a unique cupcake business from her time at 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
Writer: Deb Smit
Image courtesy of TechShop