At Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, Javier is tasked with operating the 3D printers completely on his own. He is always on time, very precise in his movements, and he works most of the day – taking only a short break to charge up. This innovative robot on wheels from supplier KUKA, called Javier by Ford’s additive manufacturing operators, is integral to the company’s development of an industry-first process to operate 3D Carbon printers with an autonomous mobile robot rather than a fixed, stationary unit.
Some of us are old enough to
have had say, great-grandparents,
for example, who
when the occasion arose
would casually refer to cars
as “machines.” It sounded funny
and arcane, and we would snicker under
our breath. But of course the laugh
was on us; back in the day — 1910s
through the 1930s — automobiles were
commonly referred to as machines.