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Metal Spinning

Metal Spinning

An amazingly satisfying demonstration of a skilled metalworker converting a flat disc of metal into a smoothly curved one, by spinning it at a high speed around a form, then pressing against it with shaping tools. The technique is used to make conical or domed shapes.

High-speed Meat Slicer

High-speed Meat Slicer

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.

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How Animatronic Dinosaurs are Made

How Animatronic Dinosaurs are Made

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.

How Zildjian Cymbals Are Made

How Zildjian Cymbals Are Made

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.

How Ratchet Tools Are Made

How Ratchet Tools Are Made

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.

How Mountain Bike Tires Are Made

How Mountain Bike Tires Are Made

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.

How Shuttlecocks Are Made

How Shuttlecocks Are Made

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.

How Breakfast Is Made

How Breakfast Is Made

The Discovery UK edition of How It’s Made offers up a three-for-one combo meal, showing us the factory processes that go into preparing the food items needed for a complete breakfast, including waffles, eggs, and bacon. Vegetarians, look away.

Inside a UV Printer Factory

Inside a UV Printer Factory

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.

How Micro Drill Bits Are Made

How Micro Drill Bits Are Made

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.

How PCB Parts Get Soldered On

How PCB Parts Get Soldered On

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.

How Trumpets Are Made

How Trumpets Are Made

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.

Inside a Spring Factory

Inside a Spring Factory

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.

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How Whoopie Pies Are Made

How Whoopie Pies Are Made

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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.

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