SAN JOSE, Calif., July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TechShop, Inc., the world’s first and largest network of open access, do-it-yourself workshops and fabrication studios, will celebrate the official grand re-opening of its downtown San Jose location on Saturday, July 29th.

Kicking off the celebration in true maker style, Mayor Sam Liccardo will cut a special steel ribbon with a plasma torch at 11:00AM. Following the ribbon cutting, TechShop CEO Dan Woods and Danny Harris of the Knight Foundation will speak to the future of innovation in San Jose. TechShop will then host immersive facility tours, equipment demos, and hands-on activities. Several TechShop San Jose members will be joining the Saturday event, including local businesses and entrepreneurs. 

"We are thrilled to celebrate the grand re-opening of TechShop San Jose," said Dan Woods. "When we first opened TechShop in San Jose six years ago, we recognized the community’s commitment to innovation, entrepreneurial growth, and advanced manufacturing. We are proud to partner with the Mayor's office, the Knight Foundation, SIATech, and San Jose State University to help keep this community resource in the downtown corridor."

TechShop San Jose originally opened in 2011 near the San Jose State University Campus. After the expiration of the original lease, TechShop conducted an extensive search for a site to relocate to, and through support of local partners was able to stay in downtown San Jose. TechShop San Jose is now located at 38 S. 2nd street.

“Congratulations to TechShop on the opening of its creative flagship workshop studio. We look forward to seeing entrepreneurs, students, machine-shop enthusiasts, and industrial artists in Downtown San Jose,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We thank Saratoga Capital and the Knight Foundation for their efforts to keep TechShop downtown.”

World-Class Creative Workspace and Prototyping Studio
TechShop members have access to a world-class workshop with machines, tools, training, and the inspiration and support they need to pursue their passions, develop new skills, and launch new businesses. TechShop San Jose features:

  • More than $1 million worth of professional equipment and design software
  • Hundreds of classes, workshops, and meet-ups each month for members and non-members
  • Friendly, knowledgeable, and highly trained staff
  • Conference and group event space
  • Spacious work and project areas
  • Retail area
  • Artist in Residency program and gallery showcase
  • A community of innovative makers, artists, and entrepreneurs

Empowering the San Jose Community
“SJSU is thrilled to partner with the Knight Foundation and TechShop to provide opportunities for civic engagement and innovation through technology to our students.”
–Dr. Stacey Gleixner
Associate Vice President for Student Academic Success Services
San Jose State University

“TechShop embodies the passion, resourcefulness and hands-on creativity that makes San Jose such a powerhouse, and we are so proud to have TechShop expand into this amazing facility. Not only is this organization an inspiration to everyone who walks past the windows and sees the fascinating work going on, this occupancy is re-invigorating one of Downtown San Jose’s most historic streets!”
–Kim Walesh
Director

Office of Economic Development and Deputy City Manager
City of San Jose

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio that provides access to a vibrant community of creative makers and millions of dollars' worth of facilities, equipment, tools, and software in each location. Based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide, TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction, and training for people of all ages and skill levels to build whatever they can dream. For information on memberships and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 1 (800) 640-1975. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at @TechShop, and on Facebook at TechShop Corporate

TechShop currently offers a number of investment opportunities. For more information, or to RSVP for one of our upcoming live webinars, visit invest.techshop.com.

Louise Larson
TechShop, Inc.
pr@techshop.com
(800) 640-1975