ATX Hackerspace invests in new technology for industrial workshop

Jun 20, 2014
Austin Business Journal

ATX Hackerspace, the Austin industrial workshop co-op space for creative entrepreneurs, has partnered with a Chicago company to bring in equipment that will drastically reduce the cost of creating prototype products

The co-op space’s 170 members can use the equipment at little or no cost

ATX Hackerspace, located in North Austin on Dessau Road near Rundberg Lane, is one of 50 U.S. recipients of a ShapeOko2 three-dimensional mill and carving machine courtesy of Chicago-based Inventables, which bills itself as the “hardware store for designers.”

The mill will be available for members’ use in about two weeks said ATX Hackerspace founder Martin Bogomolni

Bogomolni said the partnership with Inventables evolved from meetings with other “maker space” leaders at conferences and trade shows. The Chicago company provides tools to ATX Hackerspace and similar ventures as a show of support and as a way to market themselves to the larger creative community

ATX Hackerspace is seeing other growth as well, with a fifth company recently moving into the co-working and incubator space it opened in January. Bogomolni said the program takes current members who need a small, basic business space and shared business resources to move their creations from concept to production. He said the incubator has space to host 15 companies

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