Museum of Science and Industry

ToyMaker 3000: An Adventure in Automation

ToyMaker 3000 is closed for upgrades and will reopen March 16.

Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Main Level, ToyMaker 3000
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ToyMaker 3000 is an exciting exhibit that will take you through the entire manufacturing process of creating a toy. The exhibit consists of eight interactive stations, 12 moving robots, and a 2,000-square-foot automated assembly line that can assemble 300 toy tops per hour! From gathering the toy parts, to assembling them, to packaging them, ToyMaker 3000’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is the culmination of human ability to streamline production. You can even personalize a gravitron toy top with your name, choose its color, and watch it be constructed!

The manufacturing processes of today are also illustrated by three “highly trained” robots. Their precision-choreographed presentation is a good example of their usefulness in modern manufacturing.

Watch as a robot draws a face from an assortment of features that you select. It may not be as good as Rembrandt, but you’ll be amazed at how well the robot follows directions.

Select your music and then program a robot to perform a dance. A camera snaps your picture and places it on the screen to give the robot your face as it grooves to the music.

Take a look at the colored balls and try to remember their order. Then, watch the robot scramble them up. Think you can select the correct colors?

You will also meet Max and Lisa, worker robots that can work together to build a model museum, write a message or race against you to complete a drawing.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum Location
Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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