A large new manufacturing space dedicated to providing manufacturing equipment and software at affordable prices is set to open at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) today. This space will mark the first outpost of the membership-based, DIY workshop and fabrication studio, TechShop.
TechShop Brooklyn’s BAT space will span 20,500 square feet, and will offer its members access to 3D printers, laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, a metalworking shop, a textiles department, and welding stations, among other features.
In addition, TechShop will also be a learning center offering safety and basic skills classes, artist workshops, and STEAM education workshops for NYC’s youth. Each year, TechShop Brooklyn will offer 100 free memberships to people in the Sunset Park community and within the Brooklyn Army Terminal complex.
Membership at TechShop Brooklyn costs $200/month or $2,200 annually. However you don’t have to be a member to sign up for the various classes TechShop will have on offer.
“The Brooklyn Army Terminal is becoming a hub for modern manufacturing, and with 500,000 square feet of space coming on-line in the next few months, it has more room than ever to support new industrial businesses,” James Patchett, the president of NYCEDC, said in a statement (The EDC manages the Brooklyn Army Terminal complex). “TechShop Brooklyn will help seed our advanced manufacturing ecosystem, creating affordable access to equipment so that entrepreneurs can grow their companies.”
TechShop Brooklyn is central to NYCEDC’s newly-launched Futureworks NYC initiative, which is looking to increase access to advanced manufacturing technologies to startups and older companies across the city that are looking to modernize.
There’s a large amount of development taking place at the Brooklyn Army Terminal right now. Later this year the city will complete a $115 million renovation of the campus. A massive food manufacturing hub opened this past summer at the Terminal. Next year, the de Blasio administration will bring an additional 500,000 square feet of new industrial space to the Terminal.
UPDATE: While TechShop is being unveiled to the public today, it will officially open for business on October 30 this year.