BusinessWeek has a great slideshow and article on how LEGOs are made –
“Compared to the high-tech toys of today, LEGO bricks look exceedingly simple. But their precise production process is nothing to scoff at. Each LEGO brick must have that perfect grasp — strong enough to hold onto another brick but easy enough for a child to pull apart. The production of LEGO bricks is so accurate that only 18 out of 1 million LEGO elements produced is considered defective. It’s an astonishing number, considering that 15 billion LEGO components are made every year. We take a look at how classic LEGO bricks are made.” [via] – Link & article.
Here’s a fun LEGO factoid –
LEGO Group is producing 15 billion components a year–that’s 1.7 million items an hour, or 28,500 a minute. Tire production accounts for some of that number; the factory also produces 306 million tiny rubber tires a year. In fact, going by that number, LEGO is the world’s No. 1 tire manufacturer.
- LEGO Technic Difference Engine – Link.
- LEGO Flash drive – Link.
- Stargate: LEGO – Link.
- LEGO PC – Link.
- LEGO orrery – Link.
- LEGO Harpsichord – Link.
- HOW TO make a medium format pinhole LEGO camera – Link.
- Color scanning LEGO music machine – Link.
- LEGO archives @ MAKE – Link.
From the pages of MAKE:
- Blockheads – LEGO: the ultimate prototyping material. MAKE 02 – Page 38. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition!