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9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
regular business days


  • Access to the Pier 9 workshop is available to all Autodesk Employees, artists-in-residence, and creative projects partners. It is not open to the general public. We are excited to share our work, our skills and our passions with the world through this website, our Instructables, and our videos
  • Shop users can gain after-hours access if the workshop is staffed by a Shoparone.



At Pier 9, we strive to create a workshop environment that is empowering, safe, inspiring and easy to use. Shop Staff and Shoparones are happy to provide project guidance, answer questions, and celebrate both your triumphs and challenges in the process of making.

  1. Be safe, be smart, be awesome.
  2. Look smart by wearing the appropriate safety gear at all times.
  3. Communicate with Shop Staff as much as possible, reporting any spills, accidents, close-calls or security concerns immediately.
  4. The shop is open only when Shop Staff or a Shoparone are present.
  5. A fellow shop user ('buddy') must be within earshot when operating any machinery.
  6. Shop Staff is always here to help – don’t hesitate to ask for assistance, advice or a morale booster.
  7. Always clean up after yourself and your project: put away tools, place scrap in labeled bins, etc.
  8. Work with Shop Staff to store in-progress projects in the storage container, and always label your work clearly with your contact information.
  1. Workbenches will be cleared daily. Label your workspace if you are continuing work the following day.
  2. Operate only the tools you have been trained on at Pier 9.
  3. All chemicals must be specifically approved for use at Pier 9.
  4. Guests and unauthorized users are never allowed to operate tools or machinery at Pier 9.
  5. As a Workshop User, you may lead tours for visitors. All visitors must wear safety gear and sign the safety waiver. Visitors cannot touch equipment, nor can they be in the shop without a Shop User.
  6. For more in-depth information on all Pier 9 Safety Procedures, view the Pier 9 Safety Manual.



Access to the Pier 9 workshop is available to Autodesk Employees, Artists in Residence, and creative projects partners. It is not open to the general public. Visit News & Updates for information about upcoming public events and activities at Pier 9.

  1. Complete the General Workshop Safety Training Course to gain shop access, lead tours, or sign up for any of our machine-specific training courses.
  2. SHOP HOURS: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, regular business days. The workshop is open any time it is staffed by a Shoparone or Shop Staff member.
  3. All machines are offline for maintenance 9:00 am - 11:00 am Wednesdays.
  1. 3D printers are available 24/7 and do not require Shop Staff on duty to operate.
  2. Shop users with fire extinguisher training may also use the laser cutters 24/7 without Shop Staff on duty.
  3. AFTER HOURS: The workshop is open when either Shop Staff or a Shoparone are on duty. When operating any machinery, there must be a fellow shop user ('buddy') within earshot for emergency response.



Shoparones are a valuable extension of the Shop Staff, overseeing the workshop outside of regular business hours and offering support for shop users. 

  1. All Shoparones and Shop Staff are trained to respond to emergencies on site.
  2. Shoparones are responsible for opening and closing the workshop and overseeing safe practices while on duty at the Pier.
  1. All Shoparones and Shop Staff receive significant safety training, including: First Aid and CPR, Blood Borne Pathogen Management, Fire Extinguisher Operation, Emergency Response Training, Spill response, and Shoparone 101.
  2. Shoparones are an invaluable part of the creative community at Pier 9. This is a volunteer position and allows any Autodesk employee to take on a leadership role within the workshop, expand their skill set, and keep our users safe.

Visitors & tours


Access to the Pier 9 workshop is available to Autodesk Employees, artists-in-residence, and creative projects partners. It is not open to the general public. Visit News & Updates to learn when public events and activities may be scheduled.

  1. All visitors must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes.
  2. All visitors must register at reception and sign a liability waiver before entering the workshops.
  3. The workshop is closed to tours on Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 am for workshop maintenance.
  1. Visitors under 18 years old are allowed in the workshop with a signed waiver from their parent or legal guardian.
  2. Visitors under the age of 13 may tour the 3D Print Shop, Electronics Lab, Textiles Lab, and Test Kitchen with a chaperone over 18 years old. We have a maximum of 2 youth attendees per adult chaperone and 10 youth total per tour.

Project storage


  1. Pier 9 has limited project storage. Talk with Shop Management in advance of starting a large project so they can strategize and assist.
  2. All users can store in-progress work in our Akro bin system (approximately 4 cubic feet each). Clearly label bins with your name, phone and email.
  3. Workbenches are cleared by staff weekly. If your project needs to be left out overnight (for glue-ups, etc.), label it with your name, phone and email.

Chemical safety & spray booth


Chemical safety

Before purchasing or bringing any chemicals (liquids, solvents, paints) to Pier 9, please consult the resources below.

  1. Pier 9 Approved Chemical List – includes all chemicals allowed on-site, their storage location, and links to the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  2. Spray Booth Training is available through Autodesk Employee Learning Central (ELC).

Spray booth

All paints, solvents, finishes and adhesives must be applied in the spray booth located in the Wood Shop. This minimizes personal chemical exposure, reduces fire risk, keeps our shop clean, and maintains Pier 9’s compliance with the environmental regulations of the city, state, and Port Authority.

  1. Spray Booth Training is available frequently and includes information about our chemical purchasing and hazardous waste processes.

Test kitchen


The Test Kitchen is part of our lively workshop and operates as an industrial workspace. This kitchen is not for individual cooking, lunch preparation, or catering cooks. To gain access to the Test Kitchen you must:

  1. Complete the Pier 9 Test Kitchen Training.
  2. File your California Food Handler Certificate with the Workshop Coordinator (instructions included in the Test Kitchen course).



Visit the FAQ page for answers to frequently-asked questions about the workshop.