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Friday 9:00 PM on The Science Channel Premiered Jan 06, 2001 Between Seasons

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  • Pre-Cast Concrete Walls

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    5/13/15

    A mix of limestone gravel, minerals and additives are mixed into a slurry. After a test sample is hardened and tested, workers pour it into pre-made molds.
  • Climbing Walls

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    5/5/15

    With a growing increase in adventure sports, climbing walls have become common sights in gyms, outdoors shops and training centers. See how these mountain-like simulators are created from steel frames to finished product.moreless
  • Insdustrial Fans

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    5/11/15

    Large, powerful and able to take a beating, industrial fans are seriously cool, heavy duty equipment. See how both floor and ceiling models are constructed in this How It's Made video.
  • Storage Sheds

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    4/22/15

    Storage sheds provide a home for things that don't belong or fit in the house. Here's how they are made!
  • Toy Figurines

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    6/22/15

    Starting with detailed drawings and computer renderings, casts of toy figurines are either 3D printed or hand-carved from wax. The casts turn out hundreds of textured parts that are then assembled and painted.moreless
  • Pencil Sharpeners

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    6/18/15

    Pencil sharpeners may be small but great care goes into making them. We cover everything from the curing and polishing of the steel cutting blades to how the housing goes together.
  • Ski Bindings

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    6/16/15

    The inner-workings of ski bindings are shown through the manufacturing process. The bindings are precisely constructed to hold fast during operation, yet release during an accident.
  • Rolling Luggage

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    4/20/15

    Gone is the problem of lifting heavy suitcases when you travel. Rolling luggage make navigating travel easier.
  • Roller Conveyors

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    1/13/16

    Even the most basic factory machinery needs to be made somewhere. These roller conveyors are created using lasers and band saws.
  • Wet Suits

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    1/8/16

    Patterns of neoprene fabric fit together like a jigsaw puzzle in order to create a heavily insulated wet suit.
  • Whoopie Pies

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    1/4/16

    This Whoopee Pie factory has a variety of delicious ingredients that give these traditional treats their signature taste.
  • Wooden Surfboards

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    12/29/15

    Hollow wooden surfboards are making a comeback. These artisanal boards are made from carefully chosen, eco-friendly wood cut into many different parts, assembled and finished by hand.
  • Aquarium Windows

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    12/22/15

    Aquarium windows not only need to be see through, but also able to withstand the pressure of many gallons of water. See how the lab forms the acrylic and puts it through pressure tests.moreless
  • Handcrafted Skis

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    12/22/15

    Watch as craftsmen shape wood into custom shapes and work to finish them off into shiny skis.
  • How Frying Pans Are Made

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    12/22/15

    Workers start with melted aluminum alloy that is then shaped and coated multiple times to create the perfect non-stick finish.
  • 3D Printers

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    12/22/15

    The surprising thing about 3D printers is that 3D printers are used to make most of the parts. Find out about these self-replicating devices.
  • How Surgical Sutures Are Made

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    12/22/15

    Technicians take care to test the strength and safety of collagen or polyester fibers formed to make sutures for a variety of medical purposes.
  • How Coffee Filters Are Made

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    12/22/15

    In a highly automated process, watch raw cellulose be pulped, spread out, dried, and prepared for boxing.
  • Snowblowers

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    12/22/15

    Multiple augers are the key component for this wintertime essential. See how all the pieces come together to make an arduous chore a motorized breeze.
  • Fishing Line

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    12/18/15

    Find out how today's synthetic fishing line is woven, baked, tested and spooled to be extra durable.
  • Large Tow Trucks

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    12/18/15

    Large, specialised recovery units are welded, painted and then secured to a pre-built truck. The resulting vehicle is strong enought to tow buses and other large vehicles.
  • Stand-By Generators

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    12/18/15

    We may not notice them, but if electricty goes out in public places or ocations like hospitals where electricity keeps people alive, stand-by generators are critical problem solvers
  • Pre-Cast Concrete Walls

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    12/18/15

    A mix of limestone gravel, minerals and additives are mixed into a slurry. After a test sample is hardened and tested, workers pour it into pre-made molds.
  • How Car Headlights Are Made

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    12/18/15

    Car headlights are created separately from the car, with durable plastic and reflective aluminum for maximum efficiency. Manufacturers can alter certain features, but ease of changing the bulbs stay the same.
  • Nutcrackers

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    12/18/15

    This holiday classic is hand painted and carved using linden wood.
  • Silk Fiber Lamps

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    12/18/15

    See the incredibly detailed approach artisans take to craft strands of silk into colorful lamps
  • Storage Sheds

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    12/18/15

    Storage sheds provide a home for things that don't belong or fit in the house. Here's how they are made!
  • Custom Orthotic Shoes

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    12/18/15

    These special custom orthotics are not only made to look good, but have interchangable inserts for different types of support. Craftsmen use various tools and pieces of stretched leather to piece them together.moreless
  • How Is Stained Glass Restored?

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    12/18/15

    To preserve beautiful works of art deteriorated by time, they often have to be disassembled to be fully restored. The old windows are recorded as a guide, then workers rebuild the lead joiners around the cleaned glassmoreless
  • Candy Canes

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    12/17/15

    Candy canes are delicious holiday treats that comes in all shapes and sizes. See the carefully choreographed production process in this How It's Made video!
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