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The best tech inventions of all time: Manufacturing marvels

In this series we take a look at things that have changed the way we work and enhanced our lives. In part eight we take a look at marvelous manufacturing innovations that have enabled us to advance our civilization.
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Topic: Innovation
The best Tech inventions of all time 7 - Manufacturing marvels Eileen BrownZDNet
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Glass

Get a good beach fire going and melt some of the sand, a glass globule will appear from melted silica grains. Discovered 5000 years ago, glass has many uses. Gin and Tonic does not taste the same in earthenware cups.

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Smelting

Smelting produces metal from rock ores using intense heat and chemicals leaving gases, slag and metal behind. Base metals like silver, iron and copper are produced this way.

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Cyanide

Although a poison, cyanide is mainly produced for the extraction of gold and silver from their ores. The left over liquids are discarded in ponds which can result in environmental and health problems.

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Welding

Fusing base metals together at high heat forms a joint that is as strong or stronger than the base metal. Welds can be made from flame, electricity, electron beams and even friction.

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Alloys

An alloy is a mixture of metals or other elements. Steel, brass, pewter, and bronze are all alloys. Most coins are made from alloys. It would cost more to make a one cent coin from pure copper than the coin is worth.

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Light bulb

The light bulb was invented in the 1800s and billions are in use every day. Initially light bulbs were incandescent. Now fluorescent lights and LEDs are more popular due to their longer life.

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Stainless steel

Stainless steel is an alloy of iron and chromium which does not readily corrode, is easy to clean and is resistant to acid attack. It is used in most industries and in every kitchen that has knives around.

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Thermos flask

A thermos flask is an insulating storage vessel with two flasks placed one within the other, a partial vacuum is created and the two flasks are sealed. Used to keep food hotter or colder for longer, journeys would not be the same without them.

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