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How are coins made at The Royal Mint?

How are coins pressed from shiny discs of malleable metal at The Royal Mint? Nickel-brass alloy, graphite, sulfuric acid, ball bearings, heat, water, and a factory full of machines prepare these blanks before engraved...

MIT’s Jenga robot

If, while playing Jenga, you've ever wished you had the focus, predictive capabilities, and nerves of steel that would rival a robot, watch this video from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. The robot an...

The Robotic Voice Activated Word Kicking Machine

The Robotic Voice Activated Word Kicking Machine is a surreal exploration of language and our strange relationship with talking to machines, from customer service bots to "intelligent assistants". It combines projecti...

Denha’s Noisy Marble Machine

Toyoyama, Japan-based marble machine-maker Denha spends almost ten minutes documenting his complex and noisy marble machine. It's a mix of wooden lifts, brass wire ramps, and turning pieces powered by a motor. Though ...

Making a nutcracker from tree boughs

In this video from The Homestead Craftsman, a husband and wife team up to create a revolutionary war soldier inspired nutcracker from what look to be boughs of a tree. And it actually cracks nuts! The entire process, ...

The OptiBreaker egg-breaking machine

When you need to gently load, crack, and separate the yolk and whites of over 200,000 eggs an hour, Sanovo would like you to consider their OptiBreaker egg-breaking machine. This promotional video for the assembly lin...

How do roller coasters affect your body?

In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull...

Algorithmically-generated CMYK line portraits

An AxiDraw v3 holds a cyan color pen. As the machine draws a single, continuous line, an image is revealed. Magenta, yellow, and black pens are added one-by-one, each creating a layer of color. The completed pieces ar...

How is ice cream made?

When we want ice cream, we head to a local ice cream shop around town or to the freezer aisle in the grocery store. But how did the ice cream get there? Where and how was it made? This Magic of Making video takes us t...

iCub, IIT’s teleoperated robot toddler

iCub is a toddler-sized open-source robot by the Dynamic Interaction Control Lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). See the iCub robot walk across the lab and interact with a toy in the September 2018 video...

Geothermal energy in Iceland

Iceland is a geothermal energy pioneer. Their unique geology, thanks to volcanism along a rift in the Eurasian tectonic plate and North American tectonic plate, provides a sustainable advantage: Heat from the ground. ...

Why Do Supermarket Eggs Look Perfect?

When chickens lay eggs at a farm, their eggs get examined, tested, graded, and approved before they're packaged up for us to buy at the supermarket. Is that why they look so perfect? In this clip from Jimmy's Food...

Gazing into the eyes of SEER: The Simulative Emotional Expression Robot

This young looking face with light eyes, expressive eyebrows, and a Mona Lisa smile is named SEER, an acronym for Simulative Emotional Expression Robot. It was created by Japanese artist Takayuki Todo to explore the p...

The Shoe-Tying Robot

What might five mechanical engineering students create with two motors, Arduino, and a $600 budget? How about a shoe tying machine? Winning an annual design competition with Japan's Meijo University, University of...

Les machines impossible, an animated series for the Centre Pompidou

What happens to a bowling ball after you bowl with it? How do vending machines really work? What happens to your luggage when you check it in at the airport? What's inside a street organ? In 2017, Centre Pompidou m...

Making strawberry hard candy drops on a restored machine from Alaska, circa 1890

This machine belongs to and has been returned to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Museum in Skagway Alaska, and to this day there aren't many good roads into it... Imagine how hard it would have been to get th...

The Cyclo Knitter, a bicycling machine that knits scarves in 5 minutes

Imagine it's the midst of winter. You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left w...

The pasta-making machines from Brooklyn’s Sfoglini Pasta Shop

The colorful and intricately shaped fresh pastas from Brooklyn's Sfoglini Pasta Shop are like miniature works of art, and the machines responsible for them are mesmerizing to watch. At the company's production facilit...

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