TechShop To Reopen Locations Through Asset Acquisition

The recently shuttered chain of workshops has reached an agreement with a third party to acquire all company assets, announcing plans to re-open as many stores as possible, as soon as possible.

This good news, not great news.  TechShop was one of the better things to come out of the Makers explosion.  The problem was the explosion turned into a bubble and TechShop was too large not to be affected when the bubble popped.  I consider myself a Maker but I didn’t start just a few years ago.  I’ve been doing this since I was 16 in high school and that was…. well a long time ago.  I’ve been to my share of Makers Faires and workspaces, my feeling is that the Maker movement has shuddered and slowed down.

However, the communities and infrastructures that have sprung up in the last years are still going strong.  When the dust clears I think only the hardcore makers will be around.  If I am one of those, I will pass down what I learned to others.  I will.

via TechShop To Reopen Locations Through Asset Acquisition — Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Sad day, TechShop closes all locations, files bankruptcy.

A bit of sad news for the maker community today: TechShop is shutting down nationwide.

Founded in 2006, TechShop is (or, I guess, was) pretty much heaven for the adventurous do-it-yourself’er. Imagine a big building filled with everything from sewing machines to laser cutters to woodworking equipment to welding rigs. Pay a membership fee, take a few classes to make sure you didn’t cut your fingers off or burn the building down, and bam: you had access to it all. Like the shirt above, the general philosophy was “Don’t try it at home — try it here!”

This is a sad day for makers.