factories

Inside Shapeways, The 3D-Printing Factory Of The Future

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 seen.


Assembly Line Workers Ride Around On Wall-E Style Floating Chairs

Remember those floating chairs that our uber-lazy future offspring rode around on in the movie Wall-E? Chevrolet just installed the real-life version in two of its assembly lines. Meet the fully automated, gesture-controlled Ergo-Chair.


Suck It, Robots: Toyota Is Giving Jobs Back To Humans

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.


The Incredible, Fiery Process Of Making Copper Wire

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.


Inside The Colourful Chaos Of Ageing Textile Mills

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.


Report: Google And Foxconn Building Roboticised Factories Of The Future

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Foxconn are working together to create a new vision of roboticised factories. According to the WSJ article, he recently met with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou “to speed up deployment” of Google’s grand plans within the Taiwanese company’s factories.


Derelict Factories Get The David Lynch Treatment In These Creepy Photos

David Lynch is a creative dude like no other. The brains behind Twin Peaks and Eraserhead is a proven master at moving pictures, but it turns out he’s also into moody still shots.


Inside The Incredible, Complex Factories Where Satellites Are Born

Greg White has shot some of the most remote and unusual places in the world. The UK photographer has published photo essays on Chernobyl, Svalbard, and even CERN. But for his latest project, he discovered an alien world within the ordinary confines of his home country: The labs where satellites are built.


Chinese Worker Group Reports New Wave Of Abuse At Apple Suppliers

A report from New York-based China Labor Watch has raised concerns over a new wave of worker abuse among Apple suppliers. While Cook and co attempt to shift some of their manufacturing load from Foxconn — which has drawn its own share of criticism for worker abuse — it seems it can’t leave behind poor working conditions, reports the Wall Street Journal.


18 Gorgeous Images Of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Robots have ruled industrial production for decades in many fields, from the auto industry to food processing and consumer electronics. The Singularity isn’t here yet — but in the world of manufacturing, it’s been knocking on the door for years.