Detroit Science Center receives two Kuka robots

Clinton Township, MI—The Detroit Science Center’s Fun Factory, which features 39 hands-on exhibits spanning 2,800 square feet, is where visitors can learn how a variety of manufacturing processes turn an idea into reality.


Clinton Township, MI —The Detroit Science Center’s Fun Factory, which features 39 hands-on exhibits spanning 2,800 square feet, is where visitors can learn how a variety of manufacturing processes turn an idea into reality. Kuka Robotics Corporation donated two 6-axis robots to the Fun Factory to demonstrate how robots are used for welding, in foundries, and other manufacturing applications. In one exhibit, a Kuka KR15 robot interacts with a video to show how it is used.

“It is important for people in Michigan and the surrounding area to have an understanding of what is happening on the manufacturing floor,” said Stu Shepard, president of Kuka. “The Detroit Science Center has done an excellent job in relating the tasks and tools used in factories to adults and children alike.”

The Fun Factory takes Science Center visitors into the world of manufacturing with three different exhibit areas and the help of computer design, prototypes, simulations, conveyors, robots, statistics, and more. In Strong as Steel, visitors learn about the production of steel and how manufacturing processes turn steel into the numerous parts used in automobile manufacturing. Engineers at Work shows how engineers use design software, prototypes, and specific materials to design products and put them into production. Production Processes demonstrates how processes such as casting, machining, stamping, and welding are used in the creation of different products.

The Detroit Science Center features 110,000 square feet of scientific exploration, including Michigan’s only IMAX Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systemes Planetarium; the Ford Learning Resource Center; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the DaimlerChrysler Science Stage; an 8,700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; an SBC Children’s Gallery for pint-size scientists; and a Special Events Lobby. The Science Center has served more than 1.5 million visitors since its grand re-opening on July 28, 2001.

—Edited by Lisa Sutor , Control Engineering Daily News Desk

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