The days of the assembly line as Henry Ford envisioned it are fading, as manual labor is replaced by mechanical. In fact, tomorrow's factory floors could be covered with gigantic 5-axis CNC machines like this one.
Built by EEW Maschinenbau in Germany, the HSM-Modal, as it is called, is a 5-axis high-speed processing center. Superficially, it works just like any other CNC platform—even this desktop model—it's essentially a mechanical arm moving in three dimensional space at the command of a CAD program. Its functional size, however, sets the HSM-Modal apart.