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How It’s Made – Optical Lenses

Yet another very interesting process installment of the How It’s Made series – the creation of optical lenses for cameras and photographic equipment.  this process is pretty complicated and awesome.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did – I have been learning new stuff all week!

Check it out:

Another interesting video, this one from Kodak:

and this video, on lenses and types, is just fun:

How It’s Made – Holograms

Laser crazed people, raise your hands!

<Jim raises both hands in the air, quite like that of a person who just has a lack of care>

Check out this How It’s Made of a laser hologram being captured, developed, and exposed.  VERY cool.  Now I cannot WAIT until my Wicked Lasers S3 Spyder Arctic comes in!  Come on, damnit, SHIP!  (At first it was 3-5 days, now they’re telling me 3-5 WEEKS.  It’s a shame they already charged the credit card…)

How It’s Made – High Voltage Pole Transformers

Happy Tuesday, everybody!

Another light-related How It’s Made video – this time of the process of fabricating high-voltage pole transformers.  You know, the things that go POP when the power goes out?  Yeah.  I’ll never forget the hellacious ice storm from the winter of 2007 in Oklahoma City that killed transformers all over the city – the power went out for days, and in the dark night time sky, you could see the green lightning of these things popping all over the place.

Amazing.

Check out the How It’s Made video on these things – I had no idea!

Also, not to be outdone – videos of transformers EXPLODING!

How It’s Made – Contact Lenses!

I have to admit – I have never been able to stick a contact lens on my own eye.  Therefore, I just don’t try to wear them!

The process of making a contact lens is pretty neat, actually – 15 steps in total (minus a hydrating procedure that takes about a day) can be preformed in about 15-20 minutes total.  Pretty interesting!  The computerized, mechanized aspect of the contact lens manufacturing is exactly how you’d imagine it to be – extremely precise.

Check out this video from the How It’s Made (JimOnLight.com LIGHT related) series on making these contact lenses.  Very interesting!

Also, not to be outdone, the making of SPECTACLES!

How It’s Made – Neon Signs (She’s Always Buzzing Just Like…)

I’m telling you, I found a metric crap-ton of these How It’s Made videos relating to light and the lighting industries.  Me and my addictive personality! (SHUT UP, GUYUTE)

It is stunning to watch this man in the video work with the glass tube – it is truly an art.  I learned to work with glass in undergraduate school at a glassblowing studio in rural Illinois – a pool of glass in its molten state is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

Check out the video – very cool!

How It’s Made – Composite Street Lamp Poles

Um, what?

Yes.  Get ready to learn how fiberglass composite street lamp poles are made – I had no idea about this until just a few moments ago.  The process of wrapping, heating, cooling, and curing these crazy street lamp poles is pretty interesting!  I’m all about these freaking How It’s Made videos this week!

How do you feel after learning something so completely random about a bit of the lighting industry?

How It’s Made – Residential Load Centers (or Electrical Panels for the, uh, Normal Person)

Another installment for this week of the How It’s Made videos from the web that deal with lighting and electricity – electrical panels!  I’m sorry, I mean residential load centers.  *Ahem*

Yes, residential load centers.

Um – uh – yeah.

Cool video, check it:

How It’s Made – Electrical Wire!

Okay, this is WAY too awesome.  Once I started looking through those How It’s Made videos I posted a while ago, I found some new ones.  Check THIS out – how ELECTRICAL WIRE is made!

The insulation and testing parts are my favorite!  The first video wasn’t enough for me, so I found this one to supplement.  Check it out, ridiculously informative – which is what I love!