KUKA Robotics Corporation (www.kuka.com), a manufacturer of industrial robots, said it donated two KUKA 6-axis robots to the United States Steel Fun Factory exhibit at the Detroit Science Center. The exhibit features hands-on activities for all ages to let visitors learn how a variety of manufacturing processes turn an idea into reality with the help of computer design, prototypes, simulations, conveyors, robots, statistics and more.
In the Fun Factory, a KUKA KR15 robot is interacting with a video that demonstrates how robots are used for welding, in foundries and other manufacturing applications. “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 Shepherd, 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, with 39 hands-on exhibits spanning 2,800 square-feet, takes Science Center visitors into the world of manufacturing with three different exhibit areas. In Strong as Steel, visitors learn about the production of steel and how a variety of manufacturing processes turn steel into the numerous parts used in automobile manufacturing. In Engineers at Work, visitors will learn how engineers use design software, prototypes and specific materials to design products and put them into production. They will then explore Production Processes to see how processes such as casting, machining, stamping and welding are used in the creation of different products.
The Detroit Science Center (www.detroitsciencecenter.org) features 110,000 square feet of scientific exploration, including Michigan’s only IMAX Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systmes 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.