When it comes to manufacturing equipment ranging from various CNC mills to common woodworking tools and 3D printers, few would expect these space-hogging machines to live on prime waterfront property – let alone prime waterfront property in San Francisco. Yet, Autodesk’s Pier 9 workshop was built with exactly that in mind and is only a stones throw from their 1 Market Street Autodesk Gallery and offices.

The workshop, which we have covered before on SolidSmack, opened in the fall of 2013 and is open to Autodesk employees and a select few of rotating Artists-in-Residence. The facility’s multiple “creation zones” include a digital fabrication lab, a woodworking shop, a metalworking shop, a 3D printing lab, laser cutting and printing capabilities, an electronics workshop, an industrial sewing center, a commercial kitchen and multiple project-specific areas to crank out pretty much any physical object that one can think of.

Yesterday, SolidSmack had the chance to stop by Pier 9 and needless to say – you’ve likely never seen a workshop quite like this one.

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Find out more about Pier 9 and their Artists-in-Residence program here.

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