"Do It Yourself" takes on a whole new meaning in Crystal City with the March 2014 opening of TechShop, a membership-based, creative workshop and fabrication studio and innovation hub, will open a new facility along Crystal Drive surrounded by restaurants, shops, and scores of creative organizations. TechShop is a playground for creativity - part fabrication and prototyping studio and part learning center. For a monthly or annual fee, TechShop provides members access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment – 3D printers, laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, a metal working shop, a textiles department, welding stations, a waterjet cutter, and more. With comprehensive instruction, workshops, and training classes, TechShop makes it possible to do anything from prototyping product design to exploring the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.
The Crystal City BID has already helped redefine the interior concourse of Crystal City through the Art Underground program adding energy, activity, creativity, and excitement through partnerships with the Arlington Artist Alliance, Synetic Theater, FotoDC, and ArtJamz. TechShop’s mission as a “maker’s space” fits perfectly into this same framework and further propels this important transformation.