TechShop is Betting on a DIY Revolution

Yes, you can take courses and learn home improvement skills at Home Depot and Lowes or if you’re lucky enough a DIY Academy or something similar is in your city.
A new kid on the block, TechShop is hoping to take the DIY mentality even further and expand rapidly and they’re betting that people will began migrating away from their TV’s and shift their online spending habits and start building their own products and furniture.
More from the New York Times:
Mark Hatch, left, and Jim Newton started TechShop to bring expensive tools to everyday tinkerers. Members pay a fee and can use any of the equipment.
The typical hacker space consists of a few dozen people who share the costs of renting a work area and buying tools. There are spaces that lean toward robotics, some that specialize in software and others that generally encourage the melding of metal, electronics and plastic in artful forms.

The hacker spaces and TechShop are part of what has been described as a “maker movement,” basically a surge in do-it-yourself behavior that is at least partly a reaction against the banality of mass-produced goods.
On an average weekday at the TechShop in Silicon Valley, you might run into people laser-engraving wedding invitations, making soil fertilization analysis machines or shaping fake dog feces for a movie set. Ms. Lee examines her project with Sebastian Bertsch, a “dream coach” at TechShop.
[via New York Times]

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