Not all of us can afford 3D printers and ShopBot CNC routers, and TechShop takes up the slack by offering an ID grad's dream of a workshop all under one roof in their membership facilities.
Just as it's impractical for many of us individual DIY'ers to own production machinery, industrial design software too can be expensive. Addressing this, TechShop has now teamed up with Autodesk to provide a full complement of Digital Prototyping software and other design programs. "Things like Autodesk SketchBook Pro, AutoCAD, Inventor, and Alias Design are making their way to cash-strapped inventors by way of things like TechShop," says Annie Elzey, a publicist for Autodesk, "and it's allowing many talented individuals to express their creativity for personal satisfaction...and perhaps even start a mini-economy in the process."Autodesk will provide TechShop locations with its leading portfolio of Digital Prototyping software, so that TechShop members can better design, visualize and simulate their ideas. The donated software includes copies of AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Inventor Fusion Technology Preview, Autodesk Inventor Publisher, Autodesk Alias Design, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk SketchBook Pro, and Autodesk Mudbox. Autodesk will also provide high-end workstations to run the software within the TechShop collaborative work areas.
As part of the partnership, Autodesk will train TechShop's in-house experts, so that they, in turn, can train members on how to effectively use and benefit from the software. Further underscoring their commitment to the TechShop community, Autodesk employees will participate in the various TechShop locations as active and contributing members.
"TechShop's goal is to empower members with a wide variety of new capabilities so that they can make new, exciting things and build their dreams," said Mark Hatch, chief executive officer of TechShop. "Our partnership with Autodesk aligns perfectly with this vision."