Did you know that plastic bottles are blown like glass? Us neither. Here’s a look at a fascinating machine which takes small plastic tubes, heats them up, and then blows them into a mold to make water bottles. The same basic process is even used for big 5-gallon bottles.
Nowhere are KitKat candy bars more popular than they are in Japan. So we can think of no better place to see how the treats are made, then at the Nestlé Japan Kasumigaura factory. After viewing the whole playlist, we wondered if we just watched a Wes Anderson movie.
A tour of the production line at Mr. Mallo’s Van Damme marshmallow factory in Belgium, where an army of robotic machines extrude and squirt out tubes of sugar, gelatin, glucose syrup, dextrose, and other ingredients come together to form bite-sized sweet treats.
Bowling pins look so smooth and perfect that you’d think they were made by casting them. But this clip from the UK edition of How It’s Made shows how each one is made by gluing together wood boards and turning them on a lathe before coating them in a plastic shell.
A wonderfully satisfying bit of engineering porn showing off a slick modular tooling machine. The Bihler Leantool system is used in factories to form and cut wire and rolled metal into precisely bent shapes, such as chain links, hooks, and other small, high volume parts.
Suitcases can be made from fabric or even metal, but there’s no more satisfying way to produce a bag than to form it out plastic. This brief video shows off the process of shaping a suitcase by molding a thick polycarbonate sheet around a heated form. More here.
Go inside a factory where they manufacture polyurethane skateboard wheels. After using CAD tools, metal molds are milled for the liquid plastic, which is baked, polished, and printed with a design. As one commenter suggested, aluminum wheels would look pretty sweet.
It’s both a useful packing material and a wonderful plaything for fidgeters like us. Now go inside Sealed Air’s factory and see how they make their official BubbleWrap brand bubble wrap. It’s interesting that the first bubble wrap machine was designed to make wallpaper.
This classic How It’s Made takes us inside the Dubble Bubble factory, where they make mass quantities of chewy, fruity gum meant for blowing bubbles. And if you ever wondered if it was okay to swallow your gum, the “made of plastics and rubbers” bit might dissuade you.
If you’ve been to Japan, you’re probably familiar with the Shinkansen, duck-billed bullet trains that zip around the country at speeds up to 186 mph. In this fascinating clip, go inside the factory where the body of the N700-series train is built from reinforced sheets of aluminum.
Aircraft maker Airbus presents video footage of its funky looking A330-based jumbo jet as the first plane makes its way through the factory. The BelugaXL’s unusual shape is designed to provide cargo capacity for large airplane parts like wings. Watch it take flight here.
While there’s something to be said for pricey limited-edition watches, Timex has a reputation for producing high quality time pieces that are still affordable. Go inside the Timex factory in Cebu, Philippines for a look at how they make so many watches, while still making them well.
While tires are generally meant to be disposed of once they’ve lost their tread, some kinds of industrial tires are so expensive that it’s worth giving them a second life via retreading. Pete’s Tire Barns shows how they refurbish worn out airless tires. Original video here.
Whether you call them “sprinkles,” “jimmies,” or “hundreds and thousands,” these candies are a fun way to add edible color to desserts. Go inside the Cake Mate factory to see the process that transforms shortening, sugar, colors, and flavorings into this festive topping.
While we prefer our ice cream to be made from something other than powdered milk, it’s still satisfying to watch the production process involved in making these tasty vanilla and chocolate ice cream novelties. Stick around for some coney goodness from How It’s Made.
LEGO builder Daniele Benedettelli created a working miniature car assembly line. It can pick and place the requested body colors, then snaps the car together. The tiny factory was designed as a test bench for Eclipse Papyrus, a language for automation and industrial processes.
A look inside the P. van der Wegen Gear factory, where they make enormous gears for mining applications. While the process of milling these massive parts is truly fascinating, we can only imagine what they look like when in use in the machinery they’re destined for.
No this isn’t one of those log flume rides from a waterpark. What you’re about to witness is the point of view of a large piece of wood as it makes its way through the RedStag Timber sawmill. We’re impressed they didn’t cut their camera in half or sand it down along the way.
They may not be the most natural or healthy baked goods, but there’s no question that Hostess cakes are popular. In this clip from INSIDER, inside the Emporia, Kansas factory that cranks out hundreds of millions of snack cakes each year. THIS IS WHY WE’RE FAT.
A look inside the Duck Brand duct tape factory, where they transform rubber, gauze, and plastic into the super sticky, super strong material that’s a staple of every workshop. We wonder how quickly the Mythbusters could have built their duct tape canoe with that giant roll.
We’re currently assembling a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle here at Awesomer HQ, and it got us thinking, how do they cut all those tiny pieces so perfectly? Well, ask the internet, and ye shall receive. Here’s a cool video that goes inside Italy’s Clementoni jigsaw puzzle factory.
An extensive look inside the Roma Prince pasta factory in Costa Rica where a factory line engineered by Pavan continuously cranks out a stream of delicious noodle ribbons, ready for us to add pasta sauce, cheese, and meat to. Anyone else craving Italian for dinner?
An excerpt from Science Channel’s How It’s Made which takes us inside of a factory that churns out millions of paintballs every year. It turns out these painful projectiles are basically made from the same stuff that gummy bears are made of – though we bet they don’t taste as good.
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