It may not be Christmas quite yet, but it’s always a good time for candy. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fascinating process behind the creation of these colorful holiday treats, from machines that pull hot sugar, to ones that transform a 100 lb. block of candy into a thin and twisty rope.
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We previously visited a speaker factory, but couldn’t share any video footage. How To has posted a pair of videos which show a bit more of the process. After the metal speaker baskets are prepared, it’s a time-consuming process to attach each part with just the right amounts of specific glues as each speaker spins around.
We’ve seen footage of pencils being made before, but the guys at Faber-Castell want us to know that their process is the best. Watch as they make black leads from graphite and clay, and colorful ones from powders and wax, then sandwich them into wooden shells, and paint them to match.
Urban explorers The Proper People, Broken Window Theory, and Tobi Urbex take us deep inside a defunct textile factory in Italy. Along the way, they encountered all manner of items just left to rot, from countless vintage computers, to company records, to numerous articles of clothing… and huge mounds of pigeon droppings.
We always thought that round candies were made using molds, but it turns out some of them are made by spin-carving spheres from a rod of sugar, like the ones shown in this video from candy machinery maker Loynds. We want to see a Bingo ball picker that works this way.
Exceptional Engineering takes us on an in-depth tour of the massive BMW motorcycle factory in Spandau, Germany, where it takes humans and robots working in concert just two hours to crank out one of their S1000RR superbikes from start to finish. Each motorcycle’s 4-cylinder engine is also hand-built in the same facility.
Next time you go to the deli and it takes them 5 minutes to slice your meat, ask them to replace their machine with the TEXTOR TS700-UB. This industrial slicer spins up to 2000 rpm, cranking through pepperoni, bacon, and other meats, and neatly stacking them in the process.
YouTuber popaspartacus offers up a tour of the factory line at Aticream Company, in Transylvania, Romania. If you’re like us, you’ll work up an appetite as a mechanical ballet of vanilla bars skinny dip into a chocolate bath, and a carousel of sundae cups gets filled with festive flavors.
We’ve seen how cymbals are made, now find out how the drumsticks that are used to play them are born. Vic Firth shares footage from inside their factory, where they transform sticks of freshly-cut wood into their premium 5A American Classic sticks, then precision matches them for weight and pitch to ensure perfect pairs.
We’ve seen footage of a factory where they make animatronic dinosaurs but never really got a look at how they’re made. This clip from the Discovery UK edition of How It’s Made walks us through the process of transforming foam and metal into a moving, mechanical monster, with a focus on sculpting and molding its body.
Go on a fascinating journey through Zildjian’s Norwell, MA factory, home of the world’s most sought after cymbals. Watch as metal castings are flattened, trimmed, hammered, milled, and gradually worked into the ideal shape for producing the perfect sound. We love that they didn’t cover up the factory sounds with music.
Take a tour of the Matco Tools factory for a look at how they make their incredibly durable ratcheting wrenches. As part of the assembly process, they incorporate high-tech processes like friction spin welding and induction heating to increase the durability of their hand tools.
Science Channel’s How It’s Made takes us inside of the Kenda tire factory for a look at the fascinating and complex process of transforming various rubber compounds into knobby, rugged mountain bike tires. The machine that applies the texture really is like a giant waffle iron.
If you’ve played badminton, you’re familiar with these feathered playing pieces, also known as “birdies.” In this clip from Science Channel’s How It’s Made, you’ll go inside a factory where they still make them with actual duck feathers. The process is surprisingly hands-on, given the volume of birdies they churn out.
Ever wonder how images get printed on things like phone and tablet cases? UV inkjet printers can print on just about any surface, and can even create textures. Strange Parts takes us inside of the Besjet factory, where they make these industrial wonders, and offers a look at how they’re made, as well as their capabilities.
In this clip from Science Channel’s How It’s Made, they take us inside a factory that makes ridiculously small and precise drill bits – the kind that might be used by a dentist to put holes in your teeth. The flutes on the bits are so small that a microscope must be used to view them.
Every electronic device we rely on uses printed circuit boards. Scotty Allen of Strange Parts takes us inside the PCBWay factory in Shenzhen, China to see how the pros do it in volume, accurately, and with miniscule parts. If you’re interested in how they make the circuit boards themselves, watch this.
Take an inside look at the Vincent Bach factory, where they handcraft premium brass instruments. In this clip, watch as craftspeople transform stamped sheets of brass into a variety of precision trumpets for professional musicians. Along the way, you’ll learn about how a trumpet works too.
A look inside a factory in China where Artengo’s tennis balls are made. First, sheets of rubber are cut into pellets, which are then molded into semi-circles. Then, the sections are combined, hand-wrapped in felt, and then heat-sealed together. Watch them make their rackets here.
Music label INDUSTRIAL JP presents a hypnotic, close-up look at the metal bending machines at Goko Spring Co. which take spools or stiff wire and convert them into tiny springs. We could seriously put this on repeat and watch it all day long. The track is Goko Bane by Sountrive.
A look inside the factory where The Piping Gourmets make their gluten-free whoopie pies. While mixing up the ingredients is a pretty mundane task, we loved watching the machines that precisely squirt out the cake batter and frosting. We also love the way the narrator says “whoo-pee.”
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