Fujitsu backs first open-access DIY workshop in Asia

Fujitsu and TechShop, an operator of eight membership-based, open-access DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops and fabrication studios around the United States, have established TechShop Japan.

Established in the US in 2006 and with 6,000 members currently, TechShop facilities are equipped with professional-quality laser cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, and metal and woodworking tools, making it easy for people to give form to their ideas.

It also acts as an innovation hub, bringing together companies, ranging from startups to major corporations, as well as entrepreneurs, creators, students, investors, and local communities to engage and interact. 

TechShop Tokyo, slated to open in the Ark Mori building in Minato-ku in early 2016, will use professional-quality tools and the latest information and communication technology (ICT) in an expansive facility. It aims to create an open, community-based ecosystem where members can collaborate to refine their ideas and pursue their business goals.

"Fujitsu will contribute both as an ICT company and a manufacturer, creating an environment that fosters the co-creation of ideas utilizing our latest ICT and helping to bring prototypes to mass production,” said Hiroyuki Sakai, EVP of Fujitsu. “Making full use of a variety of work tools and people's creativity, Fujitsu will support the generation of innovation for society."