With TechShop slowly expanding, GE seems to be jumping into the same space with GE Garages. Further, they are partnering with several companies in the process, and TechShop is one of them.
GE Garages are a series of skill-building centers developed in partnership with Skillshare, TechShop, Quirky, Make and Inventables that serve as manufacturing labs for technologists, entrepreneurs and every day Americans. Kicking-off with mobile pop-ups in Austin and Houston, TX, and San Francisco, CA, and then with long-term locations in Houston and Cincinnati OH, GE Garages will offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity for visitors to learn about the invention prototyping and manufacturing processes, receive support in product building, collaborate in hands-on maker workshops, participate in trainings on high-tech prototyping equipment and learn from guest speakers.
This is excellent. It makes sense for GE to do this, they certainly have the capital to fund shops of this sort and providing more hands on opportunities for people to build their dreams and learn new skills and maybe get themselves started in a manufacturing career with GE makes it a win for everyone.
If a few more major manufacturing companies get on board with this idea, imagine the possibilities.