By Luci Scott for The Arizona Republic
A do-it-yourself subculture focused on technology, dubbed the Maker Movement, is making its way to downtown Chandler.
In April, the California-based nationwide chain TechShop plans to open one of its member-based workshops and fabrication studios in the ASU Chandler Innovation Center at 249 E. Chicago St.
Arizona State University students and Southeast Valley entrepreneurs and innovators will have access to more than $1 million in tools, machinery, work spaces, software, Internet access and special events.
The chain likens its business model to joining a gym. It says that its workshops provide members instruction and a community of creative and supportive people to help them make things they have always wanted to make. Among its equipment are welding stations, plasma cutters, hand tools and 3-D printers.
Membership fees are $125 a month, $95 a month to students. Members have unlimited access to equipment on a drop-in basis from 9 a.m. to midnight.
The ASU Chandler Innovation Center is an engineering- and technology-based education and research hub in the city’s former public-works yard, created through a partnership between the city and ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation.
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