The history of automobile manufacture from an individual piece to industry 4.0

The TECHNOSEUM in Mannheim opens its new exhibition area on automobile manufacture.Daimler is financially supporting the museum to realize the permanent exhibition.

In January 1886, Carl Benz filed his motor vehicle for patent.This was the birth of the automobile. Since then, automobile manufacture has developed into one of Germany's key industries. The Technoseum in Mannheim is dedicating a permanent exhibition to this eventful history – from the beginnings in Mannheim to the future prospects of the branch.

In the new exhibition unit, the TECHNOSEUM acknowledges Mannheim as the birth place of car manufacture. This will be realized with numerous objects and archive documents from the estate of the car inventor Carl Benz's family.

Hajo Neumann, advisor at the TECHNOSEUM and curator of the exhibition on automobile manufacture

The section on automobile manufacture shows cars and two-wheelers, as well as diverse interactive exhibits. Visitors themselves can be active on the tour, for example they can work in a virtual automobile factory from 1914.In doing so, it becomes clear that while production on the assembly line is faster, individual customer wishes cannot be catered to as much.Back then at least.

At a hands-on exhibit financed by Daimler AG, visitors can get an idea of the driving experience of the car pioneers, who rumbled across cobblestones on steel rims.At another exhibit, they can build a model car with a production robot using components printed out on the 3D printer beforehand.

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