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Making Striped Plastic Drinking Straws Is Satisfyingly Complex

Video: 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 straws.


Inside America's Oldest Hat Factory

Video: 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 accomplishing them. Hypebeast took a tour of the factory, which you can watch below.


Apple JUST Got Around To Banning 'Bonded Servitude' In Its Factories 

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! Also: Why the hell is this just happening now?


Two LG Factory Workers Die In Nitrogen Leak

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. The incident occurred while the workers carried out regular repairs on the ninth floor of the factory, which sits 40km north of Seoul.


Your Lettuce Could Come From An Old Semiconductor Factory

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 and Panasonic are swapping industrial infrastructure for a business that’s as old as civilisation itself.


Gigafactory Is Go: Tesla Will Build Batteries In Nevada

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.


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.


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