7 Fun & Fascinating Videos Only Engineers Can Truly Appreciate

There’s a video for pretty much anything you can think of. And for manufacturing and mechanical engineering? An infinite number, of varying quality, exist for some odd reason. But, don’t fret. We’ve done our research, viewed hours and hours of footage, and picked the best for you to watch. Grab a beverage, pull up a chair, and turn up the volume. Unless you’re on a deadline. If that’s the case, then use headphones.

 Our favorite crush(es)

The Hydraulic Press Channel? You probably know it. But, if not, a whole series of videos await with, well, pretty much every type of material being crushed. This video features pressurized spray cans under the press. We find it strangely satisfying.

 Devices that do, well, nothing

 “I am nothing.

I'll never be anything.

I couldn't want to be something.

Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams in the world.”

― Fernando Pessoa

 With that, we present 10 Useless Machines That Do Nothing. Our favorite? The Unplugger.

 CNC tools gone bad

Does anyone else remember the hit show “CNC Crashes, Bloopers & Goofs” that aired on Tuesday nights in the 90s? Neither do we, but here’s a round-up of the best on the web.

 Where’s my flying jetpack?

You’ve seen the meme and read the articles, right? People demand the future now. And that means jetpacks! Impossible, you say? Well, that depends on your ability to develop your own right-sized personal turbine engine. This video will get you started.

 Homemade vehicles

Why spend thousands of dollars on a new car when you can design and make your own? After you watch this, you’ll probably answer your own question. (Hint: Safety. But, super cool.)

 Engineer rap

The title of this video is simply titled, “This is Engineering.” Of course we were intrigued. We watched. We mildly chuckled. And we added it to the list.


Start your engines

How long have you been reading this blog? If it’s been for more than six months you’ve probably noticed how much we like industrial products and things like large engines. If you’re like us, this video is going to make you feel tingly all over.

The future awaits!

If you read this far, we know you’re the curious type. That’s why you might want to know about a free eBook we’ve recently made available. In the book, we asked 10 experts what they thought was coming. They didn’t say much about silly string and homemade big wheels, but they talked quite a lot about sensors and big data. Find out more in our free eBook The Future of Product Design in the Age of Smart Connected Products