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Autodesk’s South Boston studio is a play space for builders and designers

Mayor Martin J. Walsh (top left, on stairs) toured the new industrial workshop and innovation studio at Autodesk.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Autodesk held an open house Wednesday to show off its new industrial workshop and innovation studio in South Boston. The 34,000-square-foot work space, part of the industrial software maker’s offices at the Innovation and Design Building, is a toy room of tools and technologies for builders and designers. The space has 11 workshops and dozens of industrial-grade pieces of equipment, including robots built for the factory floor, 3-D printers, and a five-ton bridge crane. The open house featured a visit from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Autodesk hopes the facility will serve as an incubator space for startups and entrepreneurs, and as an R&D shop for companies in fields such as construction, engineering, and architecture.

A router is used to recreate a lion head sculpture at the facility. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

3-D data can be turned into two-dimensional prints.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Jose Garcia Del Castillo (far left) and Michael Dewberry use a robotic arm to decorate a cake during a demonstration.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff