Since opening in the fall of 2013, Autodesk’s Pier 9 has been nothing short of a dream factory where designers and engineers have access to literally every tool possible for cranking out the next great product design or innovation.

Located on Pier 9 overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the facility is available to lucky Autodesk employees and a selected rotating cast of ‘Artists in Residence’ who get to use the facility to manufacture to their heart’s content.

Alongside a jaw-dropping view of the bay, the facility includes 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 that create a fertile environment for your brain to explode.

“While it is extremely rare that production-level tools are available in a non-production environment, it is just this type of environment that fosters innovation.”

While the facility is pretty much closed to the public (unless you apply for their Artist in Residence program), the videos below will give you a good idea of just about every-last-dang-thing that you can do there. Needless to say, this is the garage shop of your dreams.

Be forewarned: you may want to put a towel on your keyboard to catch the drool.

“The interface between software and hardware is becoming more important to how people design and make things, and thus more important to our business,” says Autodesk.

“Deeply understanding this connection requires hands-on experience. We have many high-end, production-level machines because we expect even consumer-level hardware to very soon have extremely sophisticated capabilities.
We want to create a place to demonstrate and showcase the things we make, be it software, hardware, or ideally, the combination of both.”

You can find out more about Pier 9 over at Autodesk.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.