Raw Materials


Raw Materials

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    Raw Materials: Gypsum

    Five steps in the manufacturing process of gypsum wall board by CertainTeed.

  • Raw Materials: LEDs

    Five steps in the manufacturing process of LEDs at Cree’s facilities in Durham, N.C.

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    Architectural Metal Mesh

    Cambridge Architectural produces architectural mesh by weaving metal wire together at its manufacturing facility.

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    Raw Materials: Nylon Carpet

    At its plants in Georgia, Shaw Contract Group combines new and recycled materials to produce nylon carpet. Here's how they do it.

  • 4. First Cuts - For large logs (more than 18 inches in diameter), initial mill cuts usually are made by a "headrig," consisting of a headsaw (may be a band or circular blade), a carriage loader for handling, and a turner to rotate partially sawn logs. "Full-taper" saws cut around a large log to a tapered core to get the outer lumber. "Half-taper" saws cut smaller logs in which quality is similar throughout, orienting the log's pitch so it's parallel to the saw line.

    Western Red Cedar

    The "tree of life" in the Pacific Northwest, rot-resistant cedar is harvested for siding, shingles, decks, and more. We follow its progress from forest to factory.

  • ProspectingFor stone to be extracted from the ground and fabricated for architectural use, the first step is finding deposits that will yield large, roughly cubic blocks that can be cut into smaller blocks, or, more commonly, slabs that are thin and flat. Cylindrical borers drill down as far as 5 meters for sectional samples of stone to determine precisely its properties and its potential to yield commercially viable blocks.

    Carrara Marble

    We visit a quarry that produces Carrara Marble and follow it from extraction through finishing.

  • Raw Materials: Vinyl

    PVC is a common yet controversial plastic used in construction. See how it's made and what happens at the end of its life.

  • A Quality Brick Product Depends on Brick Ingredients

    Whatever the desired shape or manufacturing method, making brick depends on brick ingredients: the alchemy of shale, clay, water, and fire.

  • Concrete Masonry Units

    They look dull and, in fact, if you've seen one concrete masonry unit—or concrete block or CMU—you may think you've seen the lot of them: Usually they're rough, gray oblong blocks formed from water, sand, crushed stone, and cement, with two big holes in them.

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