"When we first started designing hardware at Valve, we decided we wanted to try and do the manufacturing as well. To achieve our goal of a flexible controller, we felt it was important to have a similar amount of flexibility in our manufacturing process, and that meant looking into automated assembly lines. It turns out that most consumer hardware of this kind still has humans involved in stages throughout manufacturing, but we kind of went overboard, and built one of the largest fully automated assembly lines in the US. Our film crew recently put together a video of that assembly line, showcasing exactly why robots are awesome."

As more manufacturing comes back to the US it will look a lot likes Valve's robot manufacturing Steam Controller plant. Apple has a plant similarly to this that makes the new Mac Pros and they are looking into moving more things stateside as well. It's really interesting to see these plants in action and I wonder how economical this is vs the current method of manufacturing in China.

For even more information on Valve's Steam controller manufacturing check the link below.

http://store.steampowered.com/controller/update/dec15

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 12/16/2015 at 09:25pm

I expected GLaDOS to show up!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/17/2015 at 02:50am

I hope that they use her voice to alert humans to a robot that is malfunctioning smile

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