Inside Autodesk’s new San Francisco workshop, which opens up design space for artists (photos)

Originally posted on Gigaom:

From the outside, Pier 9 looks like any other of the aging piers on San Francisco’s waterfront. But, on the inside, software company Autodesk has installed a manufacturing facility that will allow artists and its employees to prototype and tinker with technology for woodworking, 3D printing and more.

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass opened the new facility Thursday when he cut a “ribbon,” which was actually a metal banner made on-site. Sparks flew as he lowered a saw through it, Mayor Ed Lee at his side.

Autodesk Pier 9

I tagged along for a tour of the facility with Noah Weinstein, an Autodesk creative programs manager, who explained the building is not used to manufacture any commercially available goods. Artists and employees can put their creations online though, which is meant to inspire them to use Autodesk software to make their own creations. (We’ll be highlighting design and the creative process at our RoadMap…

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