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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 to make a hexagonal starry sky LED night light

With a leftover piece of wood, lots of drilled holes, flexible LED strip lights and some quick wiring, Linn from the Darbin Orvar YouTube channel demonstrates how she made a hexagonal starry sky LED night light. Do...

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...

How does a bowling alley work?

How do the bowling pins at a bowling alley get set up so quickly and efficiently after you've bowled them over with your bowling ball? Ask Matt Bowlin, a Boise State University student and a pinsetter mechanic. In thi...

Cycling, a LEGO Technic creation by Yoshihito Isogawa

A round yellow track made from LEGO's circular gear rack, also referred to as four 'banana' gears, spins as a bicycle rider rides inside of it. This cycling creation was built by Japanese pro LEGO builder Yoshihito Is...

Powered by Poop at the Straus Family Creamery

Farms around the world are embracing sustainable practices and circular economy models that can help fuel and fund their farming as a part of the business. In this Flipside Science video from the California Academy of...

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...

The Big Sort: An Insider’s Tour of a Recycling Plant

Every day at the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, roughly 800 tons of recyclables meander through a tangle of machines, scanners, and conveyor belts. Mountains of discarded metals, glass, an...

Automata artist Matt Smith and his Curious Contraptions

Born in 1965, Matt Smith spent about six weeks at the Falmouth School of Art before deciding he would rather spend his time "making silly things." He began making automata in 1980 and, in 1986, formed the Fourteen Bal...

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...

A ramp and pulley marble machine game

This simple marble machine game made from ramps and a pulley system moves marbles from the bottom of the course to the top, circulating them over and over again. The kid playing the game is able to keep the three marb...

A LEGO lawn mower man endlessly cuts the grass

A LEGO man mows his LEGO lawn, endlessly pushing a LEGO lawn mower. This kinetic sculpture was created by Jason Allemann, aka JK Brickworks, and can be powered by hand crank or motor. The illusion of grass-cutting...

Journey of a Letter: How a birthday card is sent and delivered in London

How does a letter find its way from where it's written to the mailbox on the corner, to the post office, and out to the person it's being sent to? London's new Postal Museum shares this journey through the Royal Mail ...

Hand cranked mechanical singing birds by Bliss Kolb

This hand-cranked mechanical bird sings from a small leather bellows that whistles in two notes. A cam presses a lever that changes the pitch while other cams pull on strings that animate the bird's six movements as i...

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 ...

EYES, a series of playful kinetic installations

Look left, look right, and get googly. EYES is a series of playful kinetic installations by Helsinki-based director, designer, and animator Lucas Zanotto. Watch as balls swing, leak, float, fly, and bobble about, maki...

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