Ford Kickstarting Detroit TechShop


Ford is giving its employees free access to the TechShop if they submit inventions (patents). However, members of the public are also welcome and encouraged to join, with a bargain-bin $99 USD monthly fee.

Participants gain access to high-tech tools like CNC mills and laser etching products. They also are surrounded by machine tools experts and can participate in numerous training courses to learn the machine/craft skills necessary to bring their ideas to life.

The TechShop intiative has not been without its setbacks. A space in Portland flounder financially and was eventually abandoned. But Ford is optimistic about the Detroit-area space, saying that it’s already seen a pickup in inventions of 30 percent since the space informally opened its doors to Ford employees earlier this year.

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