ESD TechShop Tour Next Week — Sign Up Now!

SOUTHFIELD — It’s just a week until The Engineering Society of Detroit offers a members-only peek at TechShop, the maker’s playground in Allen Park.

Located next to the Detroit Lions headquarters and practice facility just off the Southfield Freeway’s Rotunda Drive exit, TechShop Detroit offers more than $3 million of technology for the aspiring inventor, tinkerer or maker for a small monthly fee.

Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to advanced machines, including 3D printers, laser and water cutting tools; sophisticated 2D and 3D design software; and other professional equipment. They provide comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.

The ESD tour of TechShop is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22, with registration at 3:30 p.m. and the tour from 4 to 5 p.m. Sign up at this link.

The tour is $25 for ESD members. Or, join ESD for $60 (a 40 percent discount) and take the tour for free.

Take a look around TechShop through the ESD camera!

The TechShop shop, where members can buy supplies for making their creations.
The TechShop shop, where members can buy supplies for making their creations.

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Star Trek chess, anyone?
Star Trek chess, anyone?

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A TechShop maker at work on a unique compressed-air engine.
At work in the TechShop machine shop.
At work in the TechShop machine shop.
Examples of the capabilities of TechShop's laser cutting and etching gear.
Examples of the capabilities of TechShop’s laser cutting and etching gear.

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A clock made on TechShop's laser cutting equipment.
A clock made on TechShop’s laser cutting equipment.
TechShop's industrial-grade garment-making equipment for makers in the apparel industry.
TechShop’s industrial-grade garment-making equipment for makers in the apparel industry.
3-D scanners and 3-D printers? Yup, TechShop's got 'em.
3-D scanners and 3-D printers? Yup, TechShop’s got ’em.
TechShop's electronics testing and fabrication station.
TechShop’s electronics testing and fabrication station.
TechShop's maker lounge.
TechShop’s maker lounge.
TechShop's plastic molding gear was used to make the Darth Vader mask on the wall.
TechShop’s plastic molding gear was used to make the Darth Vader mask on the wall.
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TechShop offers MIG and TIG welding gear, too.
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An artist at work on TechShop’s wood cutting machinery.

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CNC comes to woodwork at TechShop.
CNC comes to woodwork at TechShop.
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The skyline of Detroit, made on TechShop’s metal cutting gear. Note Spider-Man saving the bridge jumper.
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TechShop’s large project fabrication area, complete with vehicle lift.
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Examples of what can be cut with TechShop’s water cutting tools. Yes, solid granite.

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A wooden boat being restored by a TechShop member.
A wooden boat being restored by a TechShop member.
Examples of the work of TechShop's 840 makers and artists.
Examples of the work of TechShop’s 840 makers and artists.
A pick-and-pack robot being developed at TechShop.
A pick-and-pack robot being developed at TechShop.
Examples of the work of TechShop's makers.
Examples of the work of TechShop’s makers.

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