Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk and dFab Net Board of Director who has led Autodek's efforts "to make digital design and manufacturing tools accessible to tinkerers and small business owners."
Limor Fried who launched Adafruit Industries, an online store for makers:
Limor "Ladyada" on the cover of WIRED in 2011.
Beth Comstock who is leveraging General Electric's scale and resources to partner with start-ups.
Bre Prettis, CEO of MakerBot producing 3D printers for everyone from home consumers to NASA.
Danielle Applestone of Other Machine Co. who is converting industrial technology into a tool for everyone with desktop CNC milling machines.
and many others...
“Only a handful of months ago, this whole thing was only an idea, and at times what seemed like a really crazy idea,” said Autodesk president and CEO Carl Bass. “Now it is the envy of everybody’s workshops.”
The leader of the San Rafael, CA-based design software maker was speaking last week at the official opening his company’s newest facility, a state-of-the-art fabrication workshop on San Francisco’s Pier 9.
A stone’s throw from the new Exploratorium, the workshop is designed to serve as a showcase and idea laboratory for Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK), while at the same time boosting efforts to bring more high-tech businesses to San Francisco’s historic Port district.
The 27,000-square-foot facility, which occupies the southern half of the pier, features a 3D printing lab, a fleet of huge computer-controlled rapid-prototyping machines, metal and wood shops, and office and conference space. It’s also the new home for Autodesk’s consumer products group, as well as an advanced research group in synthetic biology and nanotechnology.
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