Watch a welder turn metal rods into a gunk of metal into an intricate door knocker

Here’s a really lovely process of metal working from Artismia: he melts down these basic metal rods into this metal glob and then stylizes and polishes and shaves down the glob into a beautifully designed door knocker. It’s surprisingly fun to see the entire transformation, like making art from nothing. »10/28/15 11:21am10/28/15 11:21am

Watch Molten Steel Run Through This 19th Century Welding Workshop

A few weeks ago, a tiny gallery in London was transformed into a scene straight out of the 19th century. Amid piles of sand, a worker donned a silver apron and safety helmet and poured molten hot steel down a track to create long slabs of metal. The man in the apron was Raphael Hefti—not an industrial worker, but an… »10/22/13 11:40am10/22/13 11:40am

Graphene Can Work in Real Life Electronics--With One-Atom-Thin Wires

By now we all know that graphene has tons of potential applications, from virtually no-light camera sensors, to terabit upload speeds, to all your wildest dreams. Now, researchers have figured out how to chemically spot-weld graphene, wiring tiny graphene structures to real electronics with one-atom wires.
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Working Plastic-Welder Toy For Kids Sounds Like Lawsuit-In-Waiting

The Discovery Power Welder's sales pitch is fantastic, and worrying: "discover the power to make and create with the tool that safely welds plastic to plastic." And sure, the kit comes with specially-crafted parts that'll let your little-ones knock together a plastic dinosaur, plane or car. But what happens then? Do… »8/08/08 7:28am8/08/08 7:28am