manufacturing

Go Inside The Factory That Makes The World's Solar Panels

While you’re watching the final game of the World Cup today, keep a keen eye on the advertisements along the sidelines. You’re likely to see the name Yingli Solar: a massive Chinese solar power manufacturer that few soccer fans are likely to know. Climate Desk recently visited Yingli’s sprawling plant, and got a first-hand look at the booming company.


You Can Recycle These New Circuit Boards By Dunking Them In Hot Water

It almost seems too easy. With government funding, a trio of British companies recently developed a new way to build circuit boards that makes them 90 per cent recyclable. In fact, all you have to do to recycle them is dunk them in hot water and scrape off the circuits with a business card.


Artisanal Bread And Wine Might Be Bad For Australia's Economy

You’d think a renewed focus on handmade products would be good for a country’s economy. That’s not the sentiment in Australia, with a new report claiming that handcrafted industries which require more employee hours, like bread baking and winemaking, are to blame for the country’s sagging productivity.


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.