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Cool stuff being made

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Jim T. Ryan
Jim T. Ryan

There's no doubt that manufacturing makes cool stuff all the time, from computers to airplanes to industrial machinery.

The National Association of Manufacturers has a series called "Cool Stuff Being Made." This video on the association's site is a time-lapse of Boeing's 777 airliner being assembled at a factory.

As I watched, I couldn't help feeling like I was watching a sophisticated Lego set being assembled by my sons.

Speaking of sophisticated Lego sets, this video must be what mechanical engineers do in their time off when their kids have too many Legos lying around on the floor. Too cool.

Of course, when it comes to cool stuff being made, we've got some of it here in Central Pennsylvania, too. A couple of years ago, I videoed hats being made at Bollman Hat Co. And just last year, Red Lion Controls showed me how they make industrial electronics for other manufacturers.

And if you haven't yet seen it yet, here's a video from PBS of 3-D printing in action. It runs you through the ins and outs of the latest trend in prototyping and small-scale production of plastic products.

Some of you are probably sick of hearing about 3-D printing. But it's a remarkable idea, technology and business opportunity that could potentially change how the world's manufacturing and logistics work. So it's worth a revisit from time to time.

Have you found any cool videos of stuff being made? Share them with us. That's all for this week.

Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, transportation and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at You can also follow him on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ.

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