Manufacturing is one of the foundations of human prosperity. Nearly everything we use on a daily basis has been manufactured in some way, and the processes that take products from raw materials to finished pieces are nothing short of incredible. To highlight manufacturing, here are 5 must-see videos of manufacturing processes that are equal parts engineering and art.
Ford’s Innovative Rapid Prototyping Process
Ford needed a way to get around the long wait times with traditional metal stamping manufacturing, so they use a unique machine that can make custom pressed metal parts in a matter of hours. Part 3D printing and part traditional manufacturing, this process has a variety of practical applications.
Creating the World’s Best Running Shoe
There’s a reason you pay hundreds of dollars for a good running shoe. The engineering that goes into the lightweight shoes is extensive and finely tuned to enhancing a runner’s performance. The Adidas Ultra Boost are often referred to as the world’s best running shoe, and the video below takes you through every step of the manufacturing process.
The Making of a Gun
As an engineer from the south myself, I’m a fan of firearms – not to put off any of you with different opinions. Regardless of your standpoint, however, seeing how handcrafted hunting rifles are made is one of the most aesthetically pleasing things you can watch. Beretta makes a line of premium guns, each one hand made for the customer. The video below takes you through the intricate processes of sculpting, engraving, and assembling one of their premier guns, likely at the pinnacle of firearm perfection.
Making a Bolt from Start to Finish
Bolts are all around us. These tiny little metal parts are often machined to high precision tolerances and they many times are the only thing keeping machines from utter failure. Machining bolts for high-stress applications, like building racing cars, requires more engineering than you may think. Follow along in the video below as you are taken through the entire engineering and manufacturing process of creating a bolt for Red Bull Racing.
Lexus’ Carbon Fiber Loom
When designing the Lexus LFA, their engineers decided that an aluminum frame and chassis was going to just be too heavy. The only other option to maintain strength requirements was to use carbon fiber in the construction process. The problem was, there existed no manufacturing technique that could create the type of carbon fiber parts that they needed, so they build a custom carbon fiber loom.