What is TechShop Brooklyn?
As the leader in open access makerspaces across the globe, TechShop’s partnership with Futureworks NYC hopes to establish an active and vibrant community of makers, startups and entrepreneurs in the Brooklyn and 5 borough area. TechShop Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Army Terminal will use TechShop’s proven platform, with over 10+ years of experience in running and operating open access makerspaces, to elevate the community as well as the economic impact of the Futureworks program. Offering equipment capable of everything from sewing textiles to cutting metal with a CNC waterjet, TechShop Brooklyn will allow ideas to go from concept to prototype to product.
TechShop has approximately 9,000 members that range from elementary schoolers to Ford Motor Company engineers. This makerspace, and all the possibilities it holds, naturally attracts a group of users that is as diverse in demographics as they are in skill. Everyone is welcome to learn and grow at TechShop. And the heart of this community is in the Maker Hub—an expanse of work tables designed to bring these groups together and foster collaboration and innovation.
Tools and equipment
TechShop facilities are designed to put a full range of tools and equipment at your command so you can work on projects without worrying about how to tackle each step. Every shop includes over one million dollars in software and equipment, including a full woodshop, welders, mills and lathes, textiles, laser cutting and engraving, plastic forming, electronics, powder coating, CNC routing, 3D printing, professional design and CAD modeling software, a CNC Waterjet and much, much more!
TechShop is thrilled to be a part of the Futureworks Network and to bring its manufacturing capabilities to the full range of Futureworks Partners. From supporting incubators and helping hardware start-ups build their prototypes, to training employees on manufacturing equipment, TechShop hopes to provide its services and resources to the Futureworks Community.
TechShop offers 150+ classes per month and, with just 3-4 students per class, close instruction and one-on-one guidance is guaranteed. These classes are offered to a vast variety of interests and age groups, allowing both members and non-members to learn new skills, indulge a favorite hobby, or introduce the youngest generation to hands-on STEAM education.
Member success stories at other TechShops
“TechShop is really great because we can come in and figure out what works and what doesn’t work in the beginning by making it ourselves”
SolePower is a startup in Pittsburgh, PA, founded in 2012 by Matthew Stanton and Hahna Alexander. Their first product is a power-generating insole that provides one hour of talk time on an iPhone 6 after just two hours of walking. SolePower ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, has two issued patents and a letter of intent from a major footwear brand, received two purchase orders from the U.S. Army, and was awarded an NSF SBIR grant.
“We came [to TechShop], bought two Makerbots, and started thinking about how we could develop a mobile makerspace. I’m just a tinkerer and creator. It’s always been my goal to make something that enables making.”
Brothers Joel and Justin Johnson were inspired to develop BoXZY after discovering TechShop. Their triple-threat tool contains a 3D printer, CNC mill, and laser engraver—in one compact cube. By utilizing the quick-change heads, any maker can shape a block of aluminum, hardwood, or plastic into intricate designs, print complex plastic shapes, and engrave wood, leather, or plastic. After an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, BoXZY is fully launched and selling to individuals and businesses alike.
“You can say that it’s access to tools that started [Lumio], but really it’s also access to knowledge and the network itself. There’s so much impromptu interaction among [TechShop] members that allowed me to build the stepping stone to where I am today, and it’s very exciting.”
Lumio began as architect Max Gunawan’s attempt to design a modular, collapsible house. In the process, his sketchbook models became the inspiration for a multipurpose, portable lamp that elegantly folds accordion style into what resembles a hardcover book. Max made use of TechShop hardware to prototype Lumio, bouncing ideas off other members, even taking pointers from the Oru Kayak team. Launched in 2013 after a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Lumio has doubled its revenue each year since then and is primed to keep growing in exclusive, international retail partnerships with Neiman Marcus and MoMA.
Case studies about the economic
impact of TechShop
TechShop is the oldest, largest and most experienced operator of open-access makerspaces in the world. Over the past 10 years, TechShop has helped fuel the birth of dozens of pioneering products and companies that have generated thousands of jobs and over $12 billion in economic value. By combining affordable access to the advanced manufacturing tools of the next industrial revolution with training and hands-on experiences for people of all ages and skill levels, we are transforming lives, neighborhoods and communities across the planet.