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Tour Autodesk’s Incredible Pier 9 Innovation Workshop (Video) #3DThursday #3DPrinting

If you haven’t heard about Autodesk’s Pier 9 Innovation Workshop, and you like tools and making things, then the Autodesk videos in this post will either get you excited … or fill you with envy. 😉

Here to help talk you down after the videos, a post from Solidsmack to provide some context:

…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 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….

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