Category: Videos

Laser Engraving - Wooden Name Badges
January 12, 2017

A little Introduction To Our Laser Engraving Capabilities Our laser engraving and laser cutting machine has been used frequently over the past year. We've finally started to promote this service towards our clients. After years of practicing and tinkering with the equipment and using it for prototyping and fabrication, we figured it was time to take it a step further. Laser cutting is obviously nothing new. However, we feel like we've mastered our...

Moleskine Debossing: How it's done
January 18, 2011

"What's life like inside the Moleskine factory? Every bit as timeless and beautiful as the notebooks themselves. Here's a scrumptious look at how the debossing process works, deep in the heart of Moleskine. What I love especially is how much is still done by hand—the brass die are machined, then finished by a real live human being. The pattern is then heat-pressed onto the cover for mass personalization. More of these, please! Many, many more."...

Why work doesn't happen at work
December 30, 2010

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools that, in their words, "do less than the competition -- intentionally." 37signals' simple but powerful collaboration...

Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs
December 29, 2010

An entrepreneur since childhood, Cameron Herold wants parents and teachers to recognize -- and foster -- entrepreneurial talent in kids. Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as...

Plastic Injection Molding: How it's done
November 16, 2010

Injection molding (British English: moulding) is a manufacturing process for producing parts from both thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials. Material is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mold cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the mold cavity.After a product is designed, usually by an industrial designer or an engineer, molds are made by a moldmaker (or toolmaker) from metal, usually...

Plastic Bottles: How it's done
November 13, 2010

Plastic bottles are made with a variety of resins, the most popular of which is high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are also popular resins used to make different types of plastic bottles. PET is most often used to make plastic bottles for water and soft drinks, and the above video will demonstrate the manufacturing process. The plastic that eventually becomes a bottle starts out as...

School kills Creativity?
November 12, 2010

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Sir Ken Robinson (born Liverpool, England, 4 March 1950) is an author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was Director of The Arts in Schools Project, Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick and was...

Glass Bottles: How it's done
November 12, 2010

If you've always wondered how glass bottles were manufactured, then check out this interesting "How it's Made" segment. In all cases a stream of molten glass at its plastic temperature (1050-1200 Celsius) is cut by a shearing blade to form a cylinder of glass called a gob. Both of the processes start with this gob falling by gravity and guided by troughs and chutes into the blank...

Teaching life lessons through tinkering
November 12, 2010

The founder of the Tinkering School, Gever Tulley likes to build things with kids. In this video, Gever uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a roller-coaster! Learn more about his inspiring book: Fifty Dangerous Things (You...

Daniel Uppling: Zbrush Exercise
November 12, 2010

  One of the perks of working with The Product Farm is that we have a handful of talented collaborators working with us : Designers, 3D Artists, Sculptors, Animators, Illustrators and Programmers - throw a challenge at us and we have the talent to handle the job. Daniel Uppling is a former class mate of mine from Tumba Graphics Centre, 20 minutes south of Stockholm, Sweden. We've shared a whole lot of excitement about 3D graphics and art and...

Vinyl toys: How it's done
November 2, 2010

  Take a peek inside the Obitsu Factory, which has been manufacturing Japanese toys since 1966. Rotational molding, also known as rotomolding, rotocasting or spin casting, is a molding process for creating many kinds of mostly hollow items, typically of plastic. A heated hollow mold is filled with a charge or shot weight of material, it is then slowly rotated (usually around two perpendicular axes) causing the softened material to disperse and...

Pointing to the future of UI
September 1, 2010

Remember the data interface from Minority Report? Well, it's real, John Underkoffler invented it -- as a point-and-touch interface called g-speak -- and it's about to change the way we interact with data. When Tom Cruise put on his data glove and started whooshing through video clips of future crimes, how many of us felt the stirrings of geek lust? This iconic scene in Minority Report marked a change in popular thinking about interfaces -- showing...

Amateurs innovate in ways big corporations can't
August 30, 2010

At some point you’ve stumbled upon that perfect million-dollar idea. That ideas that you scribbled down with a waiter’s pen on a napkin, can it really compete and penetrate a market full of big dog corporations who spend millions of dollars on new innovation?? The answer is YES, you can. And most likely do it ways big corporations can't. In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn't just for...

USB Scent Flower on NBC17 "My Carolina Today" Show
August 10, 2010

If you tuned onto NBC17 this Tuesday at 11am (after the Today show locally in Raleigh, NC), you may have caught a glimpse of "My Carolina Today" hosts Page Crawford and Sharon Delaney interview me about the USB Scent Flower.  We talk about how it got started and where we are today on their program segment: "Tech Tuesday". Check out the above video clip. Source: NBC17 My Carolina...

3D Atlas of the Universe
August 1, 2010

For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the world. Source:...

How to Export Email Addresses from Facebook
July 31, 2010

Facebook APIs don’t expose email addresses of users and hence none of the Facebook apps can provide you with the actual contact data of your friends. There’s however a simple (and perfectly legal) workaround that can help you easily download all your friends email addresses from Facebook’s walled garden. The trick, as you can see in the video, is actually quite simple. Go to address.yahoo.com and click the Facebook icon. A login dialog should...

One Idea, One World, One Market
July 26, 2010

    The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's...

Refrigeration Without Electricity
July 26, 2010

Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that...

Awesome and realistic 3D Physics Engine
July 22, 2010

A physics engine is computer 3D software that provides an approximate simulation of certain simple physical systems. This video shows one of the most realistic engines I've ever seen. It's called Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 and was created by Thiago Costa and essentially simulates real-life physics in a completely realistic way. This demo shows a piece of charcoal breaking and spreading as it hits the...