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Plastics 101: What is plastic and how is it made?

Once a completely natural product, much of today's plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussio...

Fungus: The Plastic of the Future

In 2014, Ecovative Designs was working to combine mycelium with local crop waste to make a compostable biomaterial for packaging, and continue to expand their efforts. One example: A collaboration with Netherlands-bas...

How Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Are Made

A secret flour recipe, a machine that makes torus-shaped dough, lots of donut-sized elevator shelves, flipping, frying, and glazing, and it's all set to Swan Lake, Op. 20: IV. Allegro moderato. This Tasty video is an ...

Building the Giant Magellan Telescope, the world’s largest telescope

Underneath the University of Arizona’s football stadium are the beginnings of the Giant Magellan Telescope, set to be the largest optical telescope in the world. The Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory is the only plac...

How are pencil sharpeners made?

Each part of a small 'prism' or 'pocket' pencil sharpener is cut, shaped, stamped, baked, bathed, polished, and assembled with such specifically made machinery, traveling through feeds and funnels along the way. See h...

How traditional Nabulsi soap is handmade in the Toukan Soap factory

In the city of Nablus in the West Bank, workers at the Toukan Soap factory make natural soap by hand. The family-owned company is "the oldest survivor of this once-prominent industry," one of the two remaining soap fa...

An innovative edible spoon, a smart alternative to plastic waste

Plastic cutlery has been around for years, widely considered the only choice for cheap, disposable cutlery. Knowing the threat plastic poses to our environment and health, Narayana Peesapaty created a tasty and nutrit...

How ballet pointe shoes are made for The Royal Ballet

From The Royal Opera House, go behind-the-scenes at Freed of London, the 1929-founded British company that supplies handmade pointe shoes to The Royal Ballet and ballet companies around the world. Royal Ballet dan...

A time lapse glimpse into the Airstream Factory

Travel to Jackson Center, Ohio, where Airstream's iconic silver travel trailers have been made in their factory since the 1950s. This time lapse promo video shares how their team manages large machines and small detai...

How pencils are made at the Derwent Pencil Factory

Travel to Cumbria in the United Kingdom where workers at the Derwent Pencil Factory, established in 1832, work together to create graphic pencils, color pencils, watercolor pencils, and other artists' products. This w...

How zippers are made at the zipper factory – Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The bulk of a zipper/zip consists of two rows of protruding teeth, which may be made to interdigitate, linking the rows, carrying from tens to hundreds of specially shaped metal or plastic teeth... The slider, operate...

Made in Sheffield: How A L Simpkins sweets are made

A molten mix transforms into British travel sweets right before our eyes in this A L Simpkins factory video from Museums Sheffield. The company, first founded in the 1920s, ships their sweets to over 40 countries arou...

Candle Making (1963)

See how one million candles a day were made in a busy factory, Price's Patent Candle Company in Battersea, South London, in the year 1963. British Pathé captured the wide variety being made, from candles that look lik...

How Do They Braid Rope?

How do they braid rope in a factory? This wordless 1997 short film by Don White for the National Film Board of Canada showcases the machines that twist and spool ropes of all sizes. For more detail, American twist...

How woolly sweaters are made

It's time for the sheep to take off her woolly coat, so we can wash it, card it, spin it, knit it, and wear it! Enjoy this excellent video from The Magic of Making, a journey from sheep shearing to the sweater shop...

How pinball machines are made from start to finish at Stern Pinball

The A.V. Club took a trip to Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball, the “oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet,” according to its website. In the video above, we follow the p...

How knives, forks, and spoons are made

How are knives, forks, and spoons made? In this video from The Magic of Making, we go behind-the-scenes with the workers and machines that cut, stamp, bend, sharpen, and polish silverware into its final forms. We ...

How Kanazawa gold leaf is made

Far too delicate to touch with fingertips—just one ten-thousandth of a millimeter thick—gold leaf foil is an extremely delicate, almost transparent material. It requires a humid climate, pure water for the manufacturi...

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