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How Flatware Is Made

How Flatware Is Made

The Science Channel’s How It’s Made takes us inside a factory that makes stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons. There’s much more to it than pouring molten metal into molds, which is what we had always assumed. We’re guessing the hollow handles cut down on raw materials cost.

How Wrenches Are Made

How Wrenches Are Made

Go inside of Italy’s Beta Utensili factory, where they take pieces of raw steel, heat them, hot roll, and machine hammer them into their rough shapes, before cutting them out, sand blasting, grinding, tumbling, and refining their openings before hardening and plating each piece into a finished combination wrench.

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How a Tape Measure Works

How a Tape Measure Works

When you think about it, it’s pretty impressive how a tape measure can neatly coil up 15 or more feet of metal into a case you can clip onto your belt loop. Science Channel’s Machines: How They Work dissects the modern tape measure to show us its inner workings.

How Popsicles Are Made

How Popsicles Are Made

Wheeling Heritage Media takes us inside The Ziegenfelder Company for a look at their TwinPop popsicle factory. You’ll see a ballet of machines moving colorful liquids through tubes and into molds which slowly freeze their contents before popsicle sticks are placed at just the right time to form the perfect frozen treat.

Candy Changes Colors

Candy Changes Colors

Denver-based Hammond’s Candies offers another glimpse inside their factory, where a pulling machine gradually stretches candy in such a way that it appears to change from a deep navy blue to a brilliant electric shade. The effect happens as more air is introduced into the sugar, improving the candy’s chew at the same time.

Making Mora Knives

Making Mora Knives

We’ve seen how individual blacksmiths and blademakers painstakingly handcraft knives one at a time. This factory footage from Sweden’s Morakniv shows us the opposite – how robots and other machines crank out thousands of knives each day. Humans are still involved in the assembly and quality assurance processes.

Making Glass Soda Bottles

Making Glass Soda Bottles

We’ve taken you inside of a factory that makes plastic bottles, now see how more environmentally-friendly glass bottles are born. New Age Media posted this video of a high-speed production line that takes molten blobs of glass, blows them into molds, then passes them through a series of conveyors as they cool.

How Playground Spring Rides Are Made

How Playground Spring Rides Are Made

Those springy playground animals are something we’ve taken for granted since we were little kids. But a whole lot of work goes into making each one of these durable aluminum and steel playthings, as you’ll see in this factory video from the Science Channel series How It’s Made.

How Steel Chains are Made

How Steel Chains are Made

Think of how strong a steel chain can be. Then imagine the forces that must be necessary to shape and connect its links. In this video from Engineering and Architecture, we get an up-close look at a specialized machine that takes lengths of steel wire, then scores, cuts, bends, and presses the pieces together.

How Fruity Pebbles Are Made

How Fruity Pebbles Are Made

We love the bright colors and heady aroma of Fruity Pebbles. In this classic episode of Unwrapped, they take us inside Post’s factory that churns out more than 55 million boxes of the cereal a year. The process includes dying long-grain rice, smushing the grains into flat pieces, then coating them with sugar and flavoring.

How Espresso Machines Are Made

How Espresso Machines Are Made

How It’s Made takes us inside the factory for WEGA, makers of high-end commercial espresso machines. There, industrial machines transform sheets of steel into parts, then skilled workers assemble dozens of components, including a large copper and brass boiler that sits at the center of each machine.

How Fishing Line Is Made

How Fishing Line Is Made

Some fishing lines are monofilament, while others are braided from multiple strands. Science Channel takes us inside a factory that produces braided line, combining numerous microfibers into a single strong one, then bathing them in dye for color. They show how they make a smooth line that’s been coated in resin.

How Frosted Cereal Is Made

How Frosted Cereal Is Made

Just how did those crunchy and sweet flakes of cereal made it into your bowl this morning? The UK edition of How It’s Made takes us inside a factory where they take various grains, pressure cook, flatten, toast, and sugar-coat them to make a deliciously carby start to your day.

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The Egg Machine

The Egg Machine

There’s something immensely satisfying about this video of the SANOVO OptiBreaker, a specialized assembly line machine which ingests over 200,000 eggs hourly, gently cracks each one, then separates the whites from the yolks. It also can wash itself automatically.

Squid Warehouse Robots

Squid Warehouse Robots

BionicHIVE’s unusual warehouse worker robots not only can scurry about on the ground, but they can hook themselves onto tracks on shelving units and climb vertically. They can load and carry small packages and take up very little space so that shelving units can be placed closer together than normal.

How LEGO Bricks Are Made

How LEGO Bricks Are Made

LEGO bricks are the world’s favorite construction toys. We know they’re made out of plastic, but how do they make so many different colors and shapes? And how do they package just the right quantity of the right bricks? The LEGO Group takes us inside of their factories for an inside look at how a finished set comes together.

How Wood Veneer Is Made

How Wood Veneer Is Made

Wood veneers give objects a high-end look while using cheaper wood for structure. The process to make the thinly-sliced wood involves shaving off bark and splitting logs, then sliding the wood against a razor-sharp blade to peel off layers. ImagineGrove Woodworking takes us inside Veneer Tech to view the fascinating process.

How Aluminum Cans Are Made

How Aluminum Cans Are Made

Aluminum is one of the world’s most recyclable materials. It can be melted down over and over again without degrading. So it’s no wonder soda, and beer cans are made from the metal. In this older clip from How Its Made, they visited a factory that stamps and shapes aluminum into cans millions of times a day.

Hydraulic Press vs. Red Hot Steel

Hydraulic Press vs. Red Hot Steel

The Hydraulic Press Channel usually shows how machines can be used to destroy stuff. But in this video, they take us inside Componenta, where such equipment is used to create things. Watch as a molten pillar of steel is loaded into a duo of presses, which gradually shape it into a ring that will be used to make a giant gear.

How EV Motors Are Made

How EV Motors Are Made

Manufacturing motors for EVs and hybrids is a very different process from making conventional engines. In this video, you’ll go inside the factory where Audi produces its EV motors, and robots and humans work in concert to transform metal, plastic, and coils of copper wire into a modern and powerful mode of propulsion.

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How Everything Is Made

How Everything Is Made

Rather than just show you how one thing is produced, this extensive playlist from Science Channel compiles factory footage for 200 different items. From industrial fans to orange juice, from ketchup to luxury sports cars, there’s something here for just about every interest. So click play, and head down the rabbit hole.

How Funyuns Are Made

How Funyuns Are Made

This video from National Geographic dates back to 2012, but we figured Funyuns are timeless so what the heck. The clip takes us inside one of Frito-Lay’s factories, where the crunchy fake onion rings are cranked out by the millions every day. In case you were wondering, they’re made from puffed cornmeal, much like Corn Pops.

How The Emeco Navy Chair Is Made

How The Emeco Navy Chair Is Made

Commissioned by the U.S. Navy in the 1940’s, the Emeco 1006 Navy Chair is immediately recognizable. Designed for light weight and resistance to fire, the aluminum chairs are nearly indestructible. BRANDMADE.TV takes us inside the Hanover, Pennsylvania factory where these iconic chairs are still manufactured by hand.

How Zippo Lighters Are Made

How Zippo Lighters Are Made

BRANDMADE.TV takes us inside the Zippo lighter factory for a look at how they create their iconic windproof lighters. The process starts out with rolls of brass which are shaped to form each lighter’s case before it’s chromed. The interior is formed from steel, then brass, flint, a wick, and cotton are added to complete the assembly.

How Golf Balls Are Made

How Golf Balls Are Made

Tens of millions of golf balls are made every year. In this clip from Golf Town, they take us inside one of Titleist’s factories to see how they make their Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. The process starts with a rubber sheet, which is formed and smoothed, then encased in a dimpled urethane covering before painting and packaging.

How Magnets are Made

How Magnets are Made

Discovery UK digs into the How It’s Made archives for this brief look at the process that goes into creating traditional magnets. After melting a cocktail of various metals in an electrical induction furnace, the fiery metal is poured into sand molds, then cooled, separated, and charged with multiple electromagnetic fields.

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