Raw to Ready
This new science series ventures inside America's factories to explore the innovation and sheer genius that transform the most basic ingredients into powerhouse machines.
Komatsu (#101H) Duration: 54:01 SRND51 TVPG
To extract precious metals found beneath the earth requires a massive 232-ton, two-story-tall dump truck with a load capacity of 320 tons - a giant earth-mover like the Komatsu 930-E. This amazing engineering achievement is made possible by five essential raw ingredients: coal, chromium, mineral oil, latex rubber and sulphuric acid, an electron superhighway that generates massive power.
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 22, 2015 -- 2:00pm Remind me
Bentley (#102H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG
It's a century-old obsession to find the right raw materials to build a car that is fit for both king and race car driver - perfectly luxurious and perfectly fast. The Bentley Motor Company has built common raw ingredients into their signature Mulsanne, an engineering achievement made possible by aluminum, leather, iron, wood and pigment.
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 22, 2015 -- 3:00pm Remind me
Mack Truck (#103H) Duration: 54:01 SRND51 TVPG
The highway truck - a modern workhorse, a heavy hauler vital to commerce - carries an 80,000-pound payload and must operate in every condition from sub-zero cold to triple-digit heat. To survive, it must be strong, durable and fuel-efficient, like the Mack Pinnacle, an engineering achievement made possible by platinum, petroleum, copper, manganese and polyurethane.
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 22, 2015 -- 4:00pm Remind me
Bombardier (#104H) Duration: 53:31 SRND51 TVPG
Short-range regional jets are the backbone of domestic air travel. To withstand a high volume of flights, these jets must be comfortable, durable and fuel efficient, like the Bombardier CRJ-1000. Glass, titanium, fiberglass, lacquer and aluminum alloy each transcend their original states, harnessed to create a modern cutting-edge machine.
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 22, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me