Thursday, June 09, 2011

Markets in Everything: Tech Shop Memberships



"TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make. You can think of TechShop like a fitness club, but with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment. It is sort of like a Kinko's for makers, or a Xerox PARC for the rest of us."

TechShop was featured this morning on CNBC as part of its "Manufacturing's New Future" series (see video above), as a company that helps entrepreneurs realize their dreams.  One entrepreneur says "It's like belonging to a gym, but you get access to $10 million worth of equipment."  One term used about TechShop is that facilitates the "democratization of tools."

3 Comments:

At 6/09/2011 3:06 PM, Blogger hal said...

So you can use very expensive industrial equipment for 120 a month? Could this also translate over to medical equipment? Like CAT Scan machines, x ray machines, medical lab testing machines?

Why is medical care so expensive again?

 
At 6/09/2011 4:25 PM, Blogger Mike said...

1. This is very cool.

2. Hal, that's a great point. Think about how cheap that membership would be with the demand size. Only problem I can see would be that every hospital still needs to have those machines on-site for emergencies.

 
At 6/09/2011 11:38 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

I new a Guy who had a place e he called sure tree mechanic. You could rent a bay with all the tools and service you needed, for simple maintenance or long term project car. That was in the '70s.

Another place was similar, but for woodcraft. Insurance put them out of business.

 

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