If you became a follower of our Instagram this past year, you're probably familiar with the term "process porn", or, a short, highly satisfying short clip of any kind manual or automatic manufacturing process. Whether it's a highly satisfying video of a woodworker planing an extraordinarily thin wood shaving from a 2x4, an expertly or sensuously glazed pot or a mesmerizing example of glassblowing, chances are any type of process you could think of is most likely floating around on our Instagram page.
Here are 10 of our most popular examples of #processporn from the year 2016.
10. Inertia welding
Whether you're well familiar with the process or not, inertia welding (also known as friction welding) is pretty undeniably a hypnotizing sight.
We had several entertaining glassblowing videos on the Instagram this past year, but getting to see how they executed the groovy multicolored decoration on this pitcher made this video a clear standout from the rest.
8. Wood turning on lathe
Another thing we were reminded of this year? That Canadian woodworker Matthias Wandel is a magician. Get your fix below by watching him make a wooden ball on his handmade lathe.
7. Street painting
This video exhibits a clever tool in action used for road sign painting- it's an amazingly simple tool, no roller required!
6. Hand chiseling
No matter how many machines that are out there in the world helping us make incredible things, there's still nothing quite as satisfying as watching someone whittle away at a piece of wood with their own bare hands....
...except of course maybe this video below of a machine milling a piece of stainless steel ever so effortlessly.
5. Stainless steel milling
4. Foam insulation
This foam seems to fit in anywhere and insulate practically anything! I can't keep my eyes off of that goopy pink stuff...
3. Metal cutting
Searching the depths of the internet for different process videos inevitably means discovering some new machinery along the way—check out this metal cutting machine, which cuts through thick metal like butter.
2. Fiberglass chair making
The process used to make Eames and Artek Karuselli chairs is a controversial one due to its incorporation of fiberglass, a material that can prove hazardous to those handling it on a daily basis. But given these chairs are so labor-intensive, it is certainly a fascinating process to watch.
1. Doll making
With our process porn videos, we hoped to give our audience what they wanted—and according to the numbers, what you wanted the very most was some creepy old footage of dolls being manufactured. So cheers to that, and to another happy year full of great process porn videos!
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