New collaborative workspace opens in Boston with 3D printers and laser cutters

"Design Town" is located at 50 Milk Street.

Design Town is a new co-working space in Boston designed to help the city's "creative types" innovate. –Courtesy of Design Museum Boston

Another co-working space has opened in Boston, but this one features more than fresh fruit water and private phone booths.

Design Town,” a 1,000-square-foot space at 50 Milk Street, has 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and milling machines (tools that cut metal, wood, and other solid materials).

The workspace is the result of a collaboration between the Center for Workplace Innovation, Design Museum Boston, CIC Boston, and the Fab Foundation, which wanted to demonstrate “the future of work,” and satiate the needs of the city’s creative types. It opened June 9.

Individuals or teams can rent dedicated or undedicated desk space on a month-to-month basis and gain access to Design Town’s conference rooms, stocked kitchens, and unique networking events. Users can also get trained to use the variety of printing and milling machines on site.


Sam Aquillano, founder and executive director of the Design Museum Foundation, a national network of local design museums, said the space is ideal for product designers, graphic designers, and entrepreneurs. He said it’s rare for these types of workers to have such easy access to fabrication machines.

“The last time I had design space so close with the ability to fabricate products was in college,” Aquillano said, adding that Design Town will continue to add different capabilities all the time, depending on what users request.

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