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Fiber Laser Cutting Demo

Fiber Laser Cutting Demo

Prima Power shows off the power and speed of one of its impressive fiber lasers. Their 6kW Laser Genius slices through sheet metal of varying thickness like a hot, razor-sharp knife through butter. We can’t believe how easily it got through that metal at 1:20. More laser porn here.

Dough Twisting Machine

Dough Twisting Machine

Bakery automation company Fritsch shows off its Multitwist – a machine capable of taking dough and twisting it into a number of programmable shapes. It can crank out thousands of pretzels, braided rolls, twists, and other ready-to-bake pastries per hour.

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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.

How Ice Cream Sandwiches are Made

How Ice Cream Sandwiches are Made

While we prefer our ice cream not include powdered milk or plant-based stabilizers, 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.

Making Mercury Thermometers

Making Mercury Thermometers

Film archivists British Pathé dug up this long-lost bit of footage showing factory workers cranking out what was a mundane item that turned out to be dangerous to work with – mercury thermometers. They would hand-blow the glass, then fill it with the extremely toxic liquid metal.

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.

Custom Box-making Machine

Custom Box-making Machine

Have you ever gotten a box from Amazon that’s way too big for the item packed inside? The CMC Cartonwrap 1000 solves this problem by scanning the item to be packed inside, then making a custom-sized box for it. It’s not ideal for fragile items, though it looks like they’re working on that.

Robots Make an SUV Frame

Robots Make an SUV Frame

While humans are still very much a part of assembling vehicles, robots are often used for the heavy lifting and dangerous tasks like painting and welding. Watch in awe as an army of 45 KUKA robots work in harmony at MAGNA Presstec to create frames for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV.

Inside a Suitcase Factory

Inside a Suitcase Factory

Music and sound design studio Golden Hum shares a brief look inside the Rimowa factory, where sheets of polycarbonate are vacuum-formed into shape, then cut with waterjets, and assembled to form their premium hard-sided luggage. Watch a metal suitcase come together here.

How Bowling Balls Are Made

How Bowling Balls Are Made

We recently saw what the insides of a bowling ball looked like. Now see those balls get that way in this clip from How It’s Made, starting out with a soupy goo for its core, wrapped in polymer and polyurethane layers, and then sanded. We were most surprised by the odd shape of the core.

How Marshmallows Are Made

How Marshmallows Are Made

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.

How Bowling Pins are Made

How Bowling Pins are Made

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.

How Kettle Grills Are Made

How Kettle Grills Are Made

A look inside the Illinois factory where Weber makes their iconic kettle grills. They take sheets of steel, and press them into the familiar spherical shape that barbeque fanatics know and love. Then see how another factory makes the charcoal briquettes that go inside of them.

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Weaving a Carbon Fiber Rocket Tank

Weaving a Carbon Fiber Rocket Tank

Hypnotic video footage of a rocket propellant tank being made by wrapping and weaving layers of carbon composite filament around an aluminum form. The custom-built machine and software were engineered by the literal rocket scientists at Interorbital Systems.

How Stackable Potato Chips are Made

How Stackable Potato Chips are Made

Love you some Pringles? Just remember that next time you chow down on one of those neatly-stacked, perfect potato chips, you’re actually eating a delicious pressed, formed, and precision-cut mush of potato flakes. They’re like the Chicken McNuggets of chips.

How KitKats Are Made

How KitKats Are Made

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.

How Toy Figurines are Made

How Toy Figurines are Made

A look inside a factory that makes collectible figurines, as its designs go from sketch, to digital model, to wax model, to silicone mold, to plastic model, to plaster cast, to metal die for creating the final production pieces. Those pieces are then hand-painted and assembled.

Ketchup: How It’s Made?

Ketchup: How It’s Made?

“Tentacles above begin to suck out the gore, sending bits of the blood to larger holding tanks…” Kylebrauch redubbed a clip from the Science Channel series How It’s Made, which may very well turn you off of ketchup for good. Stackable potato chips are no better.

How Glass Marbles Are Made

How Glass Marbles Are Made

Sino Sales & Support presents a brief and wonderfully satisfying look at a factory in China where rows of machines crank out millions of glass marbles each year. The soothing sound of thousands of rolling marbles should be an option on white noise machines. Skip to 0:38.

How Laptops are Made

How Laptops are Made

Science Channel takes inside a factory that cranks out laptop computers like the one you might be looking at this very minute. The assembly starts out using high speed robots to pick and place parts on its circuit boards, but the rest is a labor-intensive, manual process.

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How Paper Cups Are Made

How Paper Cups Are Made

A mesmerizing look at a machine designed for the high-speed production of paper cups. It starts out with flat sheets of paper, rolls them onto a form, glues the seam, then adds the bottom, and eventually rolls the top edge, cranking out as many as 130 cups per minute.

Machining a Giant Gear

Machining a Giant Gear

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.

How Gorilla Glass is Made

How Gorilla Glass is Made

Up until the mid-2000’s, the displays on devices were mainly covered with plastic. Then in 2006, Steve Jobs asked Corning to create a durable and scratch-resistant glass, and Gorilla Glass was born. Here’s how Corning makes its money-making material.

Coil Wrapping Machine

Coil Wrapping Machine

A wonderfully satisfying bit of engineering wizardry. What you’re looking at is a specialized industrial machine which spins a roll of plastic wrap around a freshly-milled steel coil until it’s fully protected for shipment. Here’s a slightly more sleepy look at a similar machine.

How Jigsaw Puzzles are Made

How Jigsaw Puzzles are Made

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.

How a Tesla Model 3 Gets Made

How a Tesla Model 3 Gets Made

Tesla recently shared this brief time-lapse video shot from the point-of-view of a Model 3 going through the company’s assembly line. The car’s thousands of parts are installed by a combination of human and machine workers. We’d love to see a longer, narrated version.

POV Log Ride

POV Log Ride

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.

How Fake Xmas Trees are Made

How Fake Xmas Trees are Made

While we prefer the aroma of a fresh cut Christmas tree, sometimes it’s nice to not have to deal with all of those needles on the floor. The Science Channel and Insider take us inside a factory that makes oversize fake Xmas trees to show us how they come together.

Retreading Tires

Retreading Tires

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.

How Bubble Gum Is Made

How Bubble Gum Is Made

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.

How Pencils Are Made

How Pencils Are Made

After seeing a series of incredible images of the process of making pencils by photographer Christopher Payne, we decided to hunt down some video footage of the process of turning wood, graphite, and clay into writing instruments at New Jersey’s General Pencil Co.

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