FSI Polaris

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Polaris This is a 1/3-scale model of a machine that processes silicon wafers in computer chip manufacturing. Shipping the model around the world to trade shows and client meetings is a much less-expensive alternative to sending the full-size device.

All doors open, windows are removable, and the robot in the center of this photo is articulated in six axes. Like the prototype, this model was built of individual, modular sections that can be swapped and added as FSI's clients' needs change and as technologies are improved. Using photographs of the model, FSI was able to show pictures of variations on a device they hadn't yet built.

approx. 24" x 30" x 24"; welded steel frame, sheet PVC, acrylic, high-density urethane, high-pressure laminate

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