manufacturing

The Cars Australia Built: A Eulogy To Local Motoring

Remember when we used to build things? Not “we” like you and me, but we like Australia. We’re a country that built stuff like Wi-Fi, the Hills Hoist, the ultrasound and the goonbag. We were also a country that built great cars. Now we don’t do any of those things. These are the cars Australia built.


Surreal Exhibition Explores Half-Finished And Incomplete Products

Ever wonder what a French Horn looks like before it gets completely twisted? Or a soda can before it gets a top and a tab? In the Making, an upcoming exhibition at London’s Design Museum curated by British design golden boys Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, will present a range of familiar products in various states of not-quite-finished-yet to give a glimpse at the industrial goings-ons before an item hits the shelf.


This Is Why 4D Printing Is Cool

The US Army Research Office has just thrown some money the way of 4D printing — but what exactly is all the fuss about? This beautiful video goes a long way to showing us why the technology is so exciting.


A Photographic Journey Down The Old Industrial Banks Of The Thames

After the Thames River weaves eastward through London, it widens into an industrial landscape of factories sretching out into the English Channel. London-based photographer Alice Gur-Arie has documented this landscape in her series Passages: Industry on the River Thames, a collection of beautiful black and white photographs depicting the hulking structures that rely on the river for survival.


Rolls-Royce Is Going To 3D-Print Its Aeroplane Engine Parts

Everyone loves talking about 3D printing, but now it’s really hitting the big time: Rolls-Royce has decided that it’s going to use the technology to help make its aeroplane engines.


This 3D Printer Can Produce Hard And Soft Parts Simultaneously

3D printers are a dime a dozen these days, but every so often something special comes along. Like this thing: an industrial printer made by Arburg that can create products containing both hard and soft parts at the same time.


The Simplicity Behind The iPhone 5c's Design

Yesterday, we saw Apple introduce a new plastic iPhone. Why plastic? Because it’s cheaper, sure. But Apple’s shrewd decision to use plastic is about more than just money.


How Extreme Ultraviolet Light Is Set To Make Your Processor Faster

You may already know that silicon chips are etched using deep ultraviolet lithography, but you might not realise that we’ve reached the limit of what can be done using normal UV rays. Fortunately a new kind of light, called Extreme Ultraviolet, is about to land in the hands of chip manufacturers — and it should help your processor keep up with Moore’s Law.


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.


IKEA Uses A Staggering 1% Of The World's Wood

The easiest joke to make about IKEA is that few of its products — from shelves to meatballs — are made from what they seem. But even particleboard still requires wood — and a lot of it, when you’re selling 100 million products every year.