the drop-in centres allowing new us tech firms to grow

by:INDUSTRIAL-MAN     2019-10-08
You know, when President Barack Obama visited and praised it in front of a television camera, a small American business was very impressive.
The company, known as TechShop, operates a growing network of open access manufacturing workshops.
There are currently eight centers in the United States, and in return for monthly or annual fees, members can log in and use state-of-the-
From 3D printers to laser cutting machines, all kinds of art manufacturing equipment.
This is the first such machine in the United States, with the aim of giving people the opportunity to use machines they can\'t afford and even dream of being allowed to use.
Many commentators refer to this as \"democracy in Manufacturing \".
While many members of TechShop are amateurs
People who use these facilities make things for fun
More and more start-ups
As President Barack Obama stressed last month, up is successfully using the TechShop center to get their company started.
During his visit to TechShop in Pittsburgh, he said: \"At the price of gym members, people can become members of TechShop and be able to obtain a range of cutting-edge technologies.
\"In some cases, people are able to create products, ideas, just do [it]
As a hobby or entertainment, but in some cases, eventually become a thriving business.
\"President Obama went on to praise companies such as TechShop and their newer workshop competitors as they are at the forefront of a sustained strong recovery in US manufacturing.
TechShop is the creative of Jim Newton, 51, a robot teacher at San Mateo College and a science consultant for the TV show myth.
When Mr Newton realized that he wanted to go somewhere to work on his own manufacturing project, he came up with the idea, but also because his students complained that they could not get the equipment they needed.
However, while it is one thing to have a good idea for a business, it is another thing to fund it.
Mr Newtown said: \"Given that we have no record, no one with a clear head will touch it, not the bank of course.
\"With Former FedEx Office executive Mark Hatch joining as chief executive of TechShop, TechShop is finally able to get funding support through crowdfunding campaigns, so, the public invests money as the first return to qualify for membership.
As a result, the first tech store opened in Silicon Valley, California, in 2006.
Although TechShop received almost immediate praise, it deliberately delayed the opening of a new center, although Mr Hatch said, \"in the end we would like to have a TechShop in every town [1]in the US]\".
This is because not all technical centers have worked and two have to be closed --
Beaverton, Oregon and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mr. Hatcher said the facilities in Beaverton are 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon\'s largest city, and too far from Portland\'s \"creative class.
At the same time, Raleigh\'s facilities are \"off the beaten path \".
\"It doesn\'t matter how cheap real estate is,\" Harch added.
If it is too difficult to get there, there is no point.
\"Techshop membership fee from $99 (£58)
Each TechShop center needs 800 members per month to break even, which increases the company\'s caution.
Mr. Newton said: \"You don\'t want to go to a specific city until you have everything lined up and there are local residents who buy from the community.
The help of the three technology centers came from some very large organizations.
Ford and the U. S. government.
TechShop\'s Detroit center opened in 2012 in partnership with Ford, which offers its employees three months of free membership.
Ford claims his tie.
With the development of TechShop, the number of patentable ideas that employees of the automaker have put forward within a year has increased by 50%.
Meanwhile, Darpa of the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs are using TechShop\'s offices in Washington, D. C. and Pittsburgh to distribute 2,000 supplementary membership to veterans.
But what about small companies that use technology store facilities?
In 2012, architect Max Gunawan bought himself one.
The monthly membership of TechShop San Francisco factory \"is just to do something creative outside of work \".
He started making prototypes for a book-shaped rechargeable light, and when you turn it on, all the \"pages\" light up.
Now, just two years later, his Lumio lights are sold through his company\'s website and the upscale interior design store.
Mr. Gunawan, 33, said: \"TechShop, being able to use all the machines I need is essential to allow me to make prototypes in a very short time.
\"What I want to say is that for most companies, it shortens the time from 1 to 2 years to about 4 to 5 months.
\"However, there is no room in the TechShop center for companies to install production lines and bases full time.
So once a business uses a tech store to develop its product, the company has to go elsewhere to produce the product on a large scale.
For Mr Gunawan, that means he needs to make Lumio lights in China because he can\'t find a viable supply chain in the US.
However, he did not rule out the possibility of future US manufacturing.
He has sold 15,000 units in his San Francisco office.
They have produced lamps since they went public in last November.
Another business that uses TechShop is SolePower, which was founded in February 2013 and is actually continuing. The Pittsburgh-
A us-based company has developed an insole that powers people\'s movements.
The insole can be connected to a small battery, and the stored energy can be powered by a USB port for a variety of mobile devices.
Our goal is to make the product available for purchase by the end of this year.
A spokesman for SolePower said: \"Without TechShop, it would be very expensive for us to make a quick prototype of the product.
\"TechShop gave us the opportunity to make our own parts and saved us money and time.
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