We are excited to open the doors to this world-class fabrication facility on the San Francisco Bay.
Our state-of-the-art facility exists to serve three main goals:
- The interface between software and hardware is becoming more important to how people design and make things, and thus more important to our business. 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.
- We intend to explore and push the boundaries of our software and hardware tools, and to create an environment where people try and succeed in doing what is currently thought impossible. 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.
The workshop is primarily open to employees and artists-in-residence. We expect that they will amaze and surprise us with their creations, and inspire the tools we build, our customers, and us.
Our facilities include: a cutting edge digital fabrication lab, a woodworking shop, a metalworking shop, a 3D printing lab, laser cutting and printing capabilities, an electronics workshop, a commercial test kitchen, and an industrial sewing center as well as smaller specialty project areas.
Step 1: Becoming a Shop User
Sign up for the General Workshop Safety Course or search for 'Pier 9' on the ELC.
This course is a mandatory prerequisite for use of the shop at any level and is required before taking the individual Machine Training Courses.