Dublin City University has struck an alliance with US firm TechShop, which will give people easier access to powerful innovation tools like 3D printers and laser cutters in Ireland.

A US-wide, membership-based do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, TechShop helps product developers to learn about advanced manufacturing skills and rapidly prototype new products. 

Through its agreement with DCU, announced in San Jose in California, a facility will be developed at the university’s Innovation Campus, opening in early 2015.

TechShop already has a track record of working with successful start-up companies such as Square, the payment company founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey which was developed and initially prototyped in one of its workshops. 

TechShop says it was drawn to Dublin's growing reputation in the technology sector, as well as its "human capital". 

"The impact of this exciting partnership between TechShop and Dublin City University will be seen in job creation, training, re-skilling and STEM education opportunities both in the local economy and right across Ireland," said DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith.