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How Bathtubs Are Made

How Bathtubs Are Made

South African bathroom fixture company Ceramic Industries takes us inside of their Betta Baths factory for a look at the production process for its bathtubs. Each one starts out as a flat sheet of acrylic, which is then heated and formed using vacuum molds, covered with a fiberglass and resin spray, then baked.

How Motorsport Tires Are Made

How Motorsport Tires Are Made

Everyday car tires are made mostly by machine, but the high-end tires used for racing are made by hand. In this clip from Street FX Motorsport TV, they take us inside Michelin Motorsport’s HQ in France for a look at the tire-making process, building up layer by layer of rubber, textiles, steel, and adhesive on spinning drums.

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How Peeps Are Made

How Peeps Are Made

Easter just isn’t Easter without some Peeps. Take a 360º video tour of the Just Born candy factory with Food Network to see how these colorful marshmallow treats are born, including a part of the assembly line called the “Sugar Shower.” Did she really use the word “peepsinality” or were we just hearing things?

Making Timex Watches

Making Timex Watches

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 crank out so many watches, while still producing them with quality.

How Tennis Balls Are Made

How Tennis Balls Are Made

A look inside a factory in China where Odear 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. Now all we need is a tennis racket to play with.

How Highlighters Are Made

How Highlighters Are Made

As we’ve moved away from print and towards digital reading, highlighters aren’t as popular as they once were. But these fluorescent pens are still pretty cool for making art. Science Channel’s How It’s Made shows the process of molding the plastic bodies, filling their nibs with ink, and testing them for smooth flow.

How Wine Corks Are Made

How Wine Corks Are Made

When you pop open a bottle of wine, it’s easy to forget that its stopper comes from a tree. This footage captured by oenophile Jamie Goode at Portugal’s Cork Supply shows us the labor that goes into cutting pieces of cork tree bark, and punching out individual pieces. We wonder what they do with the leftover bark.

Handmade Candy Factory

Handmade Candy Factory

Popular Mechanics presents the best kind of factory video – one without narration or commentary. This clip will get your sweet tooth buzzing as workers at Hammond’s Candies plant make candy canes, marshmallows, and other goodies the old-fashioned way. The Denver-based company has been creating sweet treats since 1920.

How Ice Cream Cones Are Made

How Ice Cream Cones Are Made

Making waffle cones at home is pretty darned easy to do. But when you need to churn out millions of these tasty treats every month, you need some serious industrial equipment. In this classic video from How It’s Made, they show us just how factories mass-produce waffle, sugar, and cake cones.

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.

How Paintballs are Made

How Paintballs are Made

This excerpt from Science Channel’s How It’s Made 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.

How Spiral Stairs Are Made

How Spiral Stairs Are Made

Spiral staircases offer a stylish way to add access to another level without taking up too much space, though they’re made in a very different way than traditional stairs. How It’s Made shows us the modern way of making these staircases using metal platforms and wood decks. The railings look like the trickiest part.

Making Big Green Eggs

Making Big Green Eggs

The Big Green Egg is one of the most desired objects for backyard cooks, with its ability to turn out delicious charcoal grilled foods year round. Now, take a trip inside the factory where they’re made, and see how their ceramic construction has more in common with making pottery than making conventional grills.

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The Art of Gold Beating

The Art of Gold Beating

In this vintage 1959 newsreel from British Pathé, we go inside a UK factory where they transformed gold bars into incredibly thin sheets of gold leaf. According to the narrator, a single gold bar could cover 9000 square feet with the leaf it produced. We’ve got tendonitis just watching the guys doing the hand-hammering process.

How It’s Made: Candy Canes

How It’s Made: Candy Canes

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.

Making Viennetta Ice Cream

Making Viennetta Ice Cream

In the mood for some ice cream cake? Check out this footage that Michael Wilson-Roberts captured inside UK ice cream maker Wall’s factory back in 2002, as machines churn out delicately rippled layers of ice cream and chocolate for those fancy looking Viennetta frozen desserts.

How Plywood Is Made

How Plywood Is Made

If you’ve ever wondered how trees are turned into plywood sheets, this video will answer your question. Paulownia shows us how a log is shaved into a ribbon of flat, pliable veneer, which is dried, layered, glued, pressed, then trimmed to form strong, flat boards.

How Heat Sinks Are Made

How Heat Sinks Are Made

Take an up-close look at the surprising process that goes into making the stacked fins of a heat sink. Rather than casting the aluminum cooling device, they’re made by shaving the fins out of a solid block of metal, and bending them into place.

How Rubber Balls Are Made

How Rubber Balls Are Made

Ever wonder how they make basketballs or other bouncy rubber balls? It’s not as simple as just blowing up a rubber balloon. Science Channel’s How It’s Made visited a ball factory to walk us through the fascinating process, which includes making an inflatable bladder, then wrapping it in nylon thread and a segmented rubber skin.

How Speakers Are Made

How Speakers Are Made

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.

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How Colored Pencils are Made

How Colored Pencils are Made

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.

How Matches Are Made

How Matches Are Made

How It’s Made presents a brief look at the process of making safety matches. The chemical process isn’t all that interesting, but it’s the machine that magically grabs and stands up over 2 million loose matchsticks per hour that’s truly amazing.

Abandoned Clothing Factory

Abandoned Clothing Factory

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.

Candy Baller Machine

Candy Baller Machine

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.

Inside the BMW Motorbike Factory

Inside the BMW Motorbike Factory

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.

How Dr. Martens Are Made

How Dr. Martens Are Made

Insider visited Dr. Martens’ only shoe factory in the UK to give us a peek at how the company makes its famously tough-as-nails shoes and boots. The factory employs 50 people, who make about 100,000 pairs every year.

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