The making of a record isn’t exactly a big mystery but there’s still a bit of old magic in seeing music get put to wax in a factory where the metal gets etched and the vinyl gets stamped out. Super Deluxe took its stoned mode camera into one of these vinyl stamping factories and recorded all the good stuff. Sometimes…
Of all the objects you use on a daily basis, you’ve probably never stopped to wonder how plastic drinking straws came to be. But if you like complicated machines that are simultaneously extruding, cutting, and sorting, you’ll be more than satisfied with the high-speed process behind making two-toned plastic drinking…
Bollman Hat Company, located in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, is America’s oldest hat factory. It first opened in 1868 and its machines are decades old and that all makes for a fascinating place with so much history. It’s really cool to see how the machines work since they all have their own specific tasks and weird way of…
What’s your car made of? There was a time that the answer to that question was pretty simple, at least for most parts of it: iron. But, today, the answer is just as likely to be something else. Here, a steelworker explains how that transition happened — and why it might swing back.
Apple has banned 'bonded servitude,' which means it won't let its supplier factories make their new hires work for free to pay for the costs of hiring them. Good!!! And also: Why the hell is this just happening now?
The Korea Herald reports that two workers have died and four been injured during a nitrogen leak at an LG Display factory in the South Korean city of Paju.
In a factory that once made floppy disks, herbs are growing. Inside an old semiconductor factory, there's lettuce taking root. Oddly enough, electronics factories make great farms. And Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic, are swapping industrial infrastructure for a business that's as old as civilization itself.
Speculation for months about where Tesla would make the batteries to power its Model 3 EV electric vehicles has finally ended, with confirmation today that Elon Musk has decided where to erect his Gigafactory. The big winner? Nevada.
It kind of makes sense for frozen pizzas to look so fake. As delicious as frozen pizza can be—and trust me, I think they're fantastic—they're barely food. They're more like sodium-laced stripped wheat frisbees topped with spiced rubber parts. Here's how frozen pizza is made in a big factory. If you pretend it's CGI,…
When you walk into the Shapeways headquarters in a sprawling New York City warehouse building, it doesn't feel like a factory. It's something different, somehow unforgettable, inevitably new. As it should be. This is one of the world's first full service 3D-printing factories, and it's not like any factory I've ever…
Just a year after starting it up, Google's shutting down its Texas-based Moto X assembly factory, citing weak sales and high costs. The decision to close this plant was apparently unrelated to Google's plans to sell Motorola off to China-based Lenovo. But whatever the reasoning, it sure is a bummer.
My, my, my how the tables have turned. The past few years have seen countless human jobs filled with our less-whiny robot counterparts. But it turns out that, at least for Toyota, the pros of total automation haven't outweighed the cons. Meaning human factory workers are back in business.
Wires are some of the most basic components of the modern world, which practically guarantees that most of us take them for granted. But as English Russia so kindly shows us, the process behind our messy heaps of wiring is anything but ordinary.
America's industrial revolution was woven on looms and spun on spools, but it's been decades since the textile industry began declining. Chis Payne, an architect-turned-photographer, began shooting US textile factories in 2010. He's kept it up, too, amassing a visual diary of a changing industry.
Electric car maker Tesla wants a cheaper, faster way to produce the lithium ion batteries that power its cars, and the company has settled on a gargantuan solution: the so-called "gigafactory" that, if all goes as planned, will crank out more lithium ion batteries than the entire world produced in 2013.
Gigantic factories have always been symbols of prosperity — but also of dystopian horror. Some of the biggest factories in our world today evoke ambivalent feelings of dread and awe.
Apple's got a vested interest in Arizona's future—its newest factory will break ground there in 2015, bringing thousands of jobs to the state. And the company is now advocating for local policy. Today, Apple publicly took a stand against the state's highly controversial proposed anti-gay legislation.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Foxconn are working together to create a new vision of roboticized factories.