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Glimpses of How it's made, 6 Minute Manufacturing 98

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ptorrone writes "We (MAKE Magazine) have released a free 35 minute film for download - "Glimpses of How it's made" - a tour of how many things in our world are made, each segment is 6 minutes (hence the full name "Six-Minute Manufacturing Glimpses of How it's made"). Learn about, get inspired, and see how stuff is made: LectroSonics (wireless microphones), Rose's Southwest Papers (paper converting), Accurate Custom (Injection Molding), Mega Corp. (water haulage equipment), Earthstone International (recycled glass abrasives), Butterman Tool (tool and die), Eclipse Aviation (small jet aircraft), Optical Insights (optical equipment). Downloads and more info."
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Glimpses of How it's made, 6 Minute Manufacturing

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  • Only 6 minutes? Is that long enough to really see how this stuff is made? I suppose it is just supposed to be a snapshot so...
    • Re:6 Minutes (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by AKAImBatman (238306)
      Only 6 minutes? Is that long enough to really see how this stuff is made?

      You'd be surprised. Many manufacturing processes are quite fast. That's why they can turn out thousands of widgets, sprockets, and cogs each day. Most of the time is usually spent in things like heating or rolling, processes where you don't need to record the entire thing to video. These are usually pipelined in such a way that the time taken has little to no impact on producing a widget per minute.

      Of course, there are still some proce
      • You'd be surprised. Many manufacturing processes are quite fast.

        LOL. The question was not, "Is that long enough to make this stuff?" but "is that long enough to really see...?"

    • Only 6 minutes? Is that long enough to really see how this stuff is made? I suppose it is just supposed to be a snapshot so...

      I've seen a few different numbers (probably for different models, I expect), but modern auto assembly lines spit out entire cars in less than one minute each.

      Or to look at it another way - You have 525,600 minutes per year (assuming 24/7). If you hope to manufacture one million of something per year (like, say, a modern video game console), you better have a way to make two per
      • Re:6 Minutes (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        I call bullshit!

        See:

        http://www.assemblymag.com/CDA/ArticleInformation/ features/BNP__Features__Item/0,6493,98596,00.html [assemblymag.com]

        The industry average is 26.4 hours per car!!
      • "I've seen a few different numbers (probably for different models, I expect), but modern auto assembly lines spit out entire cars in less than one minute each.

        So yes, virtually all mass-produced products take well under six minutes to put together."


        There's a teeny difference between "one car per minute" and "one minute per car." The former invokes thoughts of Henry Ford. The latter, of The Flash.
    • by drsquare (530038)
      There was a programme on TV like this, showing how different things are made. It was an hour long, and believe me you can only watch factory production lines for so long before it gets extremely tedious. Even six minutes of toothpaste going into tubes would have me reaching for the remote.

      Factories are dull to work in, why would they be any less dull to watch?
      • when you work in a factory you presumablly see a tiny part of it day in day out.

        with a video they can lead you through the (often reasonablly interesting) process spending only enough time looking at each section to see whats going on. discovery (at least here in the uk) have been doing shows like this under the name (how its made) for ages.

        • when you work in a factory you presumablly see a tiny part of it day in day out. with a video they can lead you through the (often reasonablly interesting) process spending only enough time looking at each section to see whats going on

          It's still incredibly boring. Seeing bits of machinery moving round and round loses its novelty after about 7 seconds.

          discovery (at least here in the uk) have been doing shows like this under the name (how its made) for ages.

          That's the one I'm talking about. It's a perfect cur
          • It's boring--to some people. But other individuals, though I'm not one of them, enjoy seeing the deliberate engineering behind the production process. A lot of manufacturing processes which may be easy to perform by hand may be very complicated to reproduce mechanically. It often takes a lot of ingenuity to design a machine, or machines, that efficiently mass produce(s) a certain product. In other words, what's boring or interesting to watch is subject.
  • by Crizp (216129)
    This reminds me of sitting glued to the family TV as a child when my favorite children's show would run segments like this. Loved it, watching how all the machines in the factory worked.

    That, and tinkering with BASIC on my Spectravideo 738 MSX machine.
    • Cool and Mr Rogers going together, who would have thought. Mr Rogers was the man with the "how things were made segement."
      • by Crizp (216129)
        I'm not a USian, so I haven't had the "pleasure" of seeing Mr. Rogers' children's shows :) However I know enough to think "cool" would be a serious mis-match with Mr Rogers, yeah.

        The host for the show us Norwegians watched back then was a woman, Vibeke Sæther, whom I know many a young boy had a crush on.
        • Now there's an idea! Engineering & Science graduates are decreasing, in the US. A show like this will nicrease interest.
    • Re:Cool (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I remember a show, circa 1968, that I believe was called Discovery. It showed how pencils, bowling balls, etc., were manufactured. Anyone else remember this one?
    • Reminds me of watching Beyond 2000 on Discovery channel. Oh how I loved that show.
    • A dutch documentairy maker, glas was made in the 50's and showed the production of glass bottles. Even won an Oscar so I guess the appeal of watching machines is pretty far reaching.

      But hey who doesn't like to watch other people work :)

  • by patiwat (126496) on Monday December 26, 2005 @10:56AM (#14339526)
    I'm not sure of the wisdom of the site owners in posting a direct link to a 166MB file on Slashdot... Why don't people just use bittorrent for distribution of files like this?

    It's a fascinating video though, conveniently formatted for ipods with video.
  • by Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) on Monday December 26, 2005 @10:58AM (#14339531)
    You may remember me from such instructional videos as "Mothballing Your Battleship" and "Dig Your Own Grave and Save!"
  • quote from the site: This film is high quality, 166 MB M4V and will play on video iPods, as well as any PC/Mac with the latest version of QuickTime.
  • by patiwat (126496) on Monday December 26, 2005 @10:59AM (#14339538)
    I'm not sure of the wisdom of the site owners in posting a 166MB file onto Slashdot... Why don't people just use bittorrent for distributing content like this? A mirror (a 100MB quicktime movie) is available, though, at http://downloads.oreilly.com/make/howitismade.mov [oreilly.com]

    A fascinating file though, conveniently formated for the ipod with video.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    This is like the show How It's Made on the Discovery Channel:

    http://www.exn.ca/ontv/series.asp?series=43701526& TZ=0 [www.exn.ca]
    • Yeah, that's what I was going to say.
      Here's the show's web site [howitismade.net]

      It's my 5 year-old's favourite non-animated show.

    • It's probably only available in Canada, but it's a pretty interesting show.

      It looks like most of the manufacturers featured are from Quebec and Lynn Herzeg performs multiple roles in the production.

      Here's the crappy, Flash-only page [howitismade.net].
  • Coral to the rescue (Score:3, Informative)

    by Saiyine (689367) on Monday December 26, 2005 @11:04AM (#14339555) Homepage

    Mirror of the video [nyud.net]

    • From the FAQ:

      "Because of bandwidth overuse, we temporarily capped off Coral to disallow transfers of files greater than 50 MB."

      Perhaps this has changed though, otherwise you just bump over to the server again.
  • Um (Score:5, Informative)

    by tomstdenis (446163) <tomstdenis.gmail@com> on Monday December 26, 2005 @11:15AM (#14339584) Homepage
    In Canada on the discovery channel we have a "how it's made" series that shows how things are manufactured in about the span of 6-8 minutes. ... welcome to 2001

    Tom
    • by wfberg (24378)
      Erm, I recall watching stuff like this on Kid's TV. Sure, the products were more related to average kid's lives (how are cars made, how is bread made, things you see every day), but still.

      Also, I seem to remember them not just from Dutch TV, but for some reason also off the German telly (Der Sendung mit Der Maus, IIRC).
    • Re:Um (Score:5, Funny)

      by Comatose51 (687974) on Monday December 26, 2005 @12:02PM (#14339715) Homepage
      Oh yeah?! Well here in the US on our Discovery channel we get shows about redecorating people's homes...
    • In the US, I get that show on Discovery's Science Channel, which is offered on digital c-band and probably any digital cable or satellite. Ths show is pretty cool, but I don't think one company should have an exclusive on an idea like this.
    • by JeffTL (667728)
      Welcome to the 20th century in both Canada and the US. Ever heard of a show on public TV called "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"? It featured (features, in fact, as I believe it is still in rerun) segments not unlike this, though the narration is targeted at the show's preschool audience.
    • I bet the music on this is nowhere NEAR as good/crap as the music on How It's Made. Even the announcer on Discovery has commented about it once or twice.
    • by pe1chl (90186)
      There used to be a (British) series called "the secret life of machines" on Discovery here that showed "how it works".
      It was kind of like the Mythbusters, in that it always ended in destructing the topic of investigation using explosions and fireworks.
      • Secret Life of Machines = best. show. evar.

        The series was a masterpiece. And I have to say, it's available on DVD now too.
  • 35/6 (Score:3, Funny)

    by sam1am (753369) on Monday December 26, 2005 @11:16AM (#14339588)
    A 35 minute film broken up into 6 minute segments? Interesting.
  • by michaelmalak (91262) <michael@michaelmalak.com> on Monday December 26, 2005 @11:17AM (#14339592) Homepage
    It's good that we have an online museum like this because we in the U.S. will need to remember how to manufacture again once China floats the Renminbi.
  • by Ignominious Cow Herd (540061) on Monday December 26, 2005 @11:26AM (#14339612) Journal
    Alan: Well last week, we showed you how to become a gynecologist. And this week on "How to Do It" we're going to show you how to play the flute, how to split an atom, how to construct a box girder bridge, how to irrigate the Sahara Desert and make vast new areas of land cultivatable, but first, here's Jackie to tell you all how to rid the world of all known diseases.

    Jackie: Hello, Alan.

    Alan: Hello, Jackie.

    Jackie: Well, first of all, become a doctor and discover a marvellous cure for something, and then, when the medical profession really starts to take notice of you, you can jolly well tell them what to do and make sure they get everything right so there'll never be any diseases ever again.

    Noel: Great, great, Alan. Well, next week we'll be showing you how black and white people can live together in peace and harmony, and Alan will be over in Moscow showing us how to reconcile the Russians and the Chinese. So until next week, cheerio!

    All: Bye!
  • Anyone know how long it takes other manufacturers to make their jet airplanes?
  • by Baldrson (78598) * on Monday December 26, 2005 @11:43AM (#14339661) Homepage Journal
    What is this nostalgia for making things?

    When are all these paleolithic types going to recognize that loss of manufacturing is progress to a services economy [google.com] -- that deficits don't matter [google.com] and that there is a Santa Claus?

  • Doesnt anyone else watch the "How its made" show on the science channel?
    http://science.discovery.com/ [discovery.com]
    http://science.discovery.com/tvlistings/series.jsp ?series=103469&gid=0&channel=SCI [discovery.com]

    "How its made" and "Survivorman" are two of the coolest shows on TV, you have GOT TO watch survivorman if you have not seen it yet. It rocks.

    http://science.discovery.com/convergence/survivorm an/survivorman.html [discovery.com]
  • Discovery Canada (and Canal Z in french) show How it's Made [howitismade.net].

    There is nothing to download, you can't purchase them on DVD either but maybe they are available somewhere on bittorent.

    At 3 subjects per 24 minutes you get an entire 8 minutes (not 6!) dedicated to a specific topic.

    Too bad Discovery US doesn't pick it up. Their loss!
    • Re:How it's Made (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      The Science Channel (formerly Discovery Science) in the US has it, though.
  • by gardyloo (512791) on Monday December 26, 2005 @12:21PM (#14339770)
    ...how babies are made is especially interesting, but it's only 30 seconds.
  • Direct Mirror (Score:5, Informative)

    by augustz (18082) on Monday December 26, 2005 @12:33PM (#14339803) Homepage
  • Did some interesting documentories that I saw on PBS, probably done in the 70's. No narration, just let the images speak for themselves (and therefore, in theory, no language barriers). The one I am thinking about was about a slaughter house. It was very graphic and covered everything from the judas goat leading the sheep into the killing pens to chopping up the shanks and extracting the brains. It almost turned me into a vegetarian. But it was a good view of what a meat processing plant does.
    • There's an interesting BBC documentary about Slaughterhouses and the people that work in them.

      It's called "Task of Blood" and it pretty disturbing in places.

      It's out there in torrent form, if you look hard enough.
  • by killerkalamari (528180) on Monday December 26, 2005 @03:52PM (#14340774) Homepage
    Stanford University hosts another cool free site with manufacturing videos, entitled "How Everyday Things Are Made"

    http://manufacturing.stanford.edu/ [stanford.edu]

    Here is the site's description:

    "If you've ever wondered how things are made - products like candy, cars, airplanes, or bottles - or if you've been interested in manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, or injection molding, then you've come to the right place."

    The videos play using Flash; some are longer than others. Since the videos are donated (they aren't made by Stanford) some of them spew a bit of propaganda, but overall they are excellent.
  • ...would consist of very dark messy room with an unwashed dude eating pizza and scratching his bollocks...
  • So, if it is in 6 minute segments, and is 35 minutes long, what happened to the last minute/what do they do with the extra 5 minutes?
  • candy
  • Just a FYI as a past owner of a similar type of business: take an average wage of $10 / hr and double it for all employee / employment related costs and a 6 minute part means that they can make ANYTHING (within reason for complexity) for about $2. They are trying to show (too subtle marketing in my opinion) that they can compete as a global player with China and India.

    It IS possible.

    Way to go guys!!!
  • Interested parties should note that the original M4V is of decent quality, however the MOV that people are referring to is not nearly as good. If you care about video quality, grab the original file (Quicktime will play it if you call it mp4).

    A.
  • Was I the only one that read the title and pictured John Cleese as the host?

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