The LEGO® Making Processes, From Start To Finish
LEGO® making is without a doubt part of almost everyone’s childhood. LEGO® bricks in all their shapes, sizes and colors have been a staple for every child’s development since, time immemorial. LEGO®s have ranged from very simple house models to very complicated mechanical contraptions that run on electricity and have a variety of mechanical movements, unlike the up down, back forward models of LEGO®s olden times, technology has indeed, improved everyone’s LEGO® making experience. But do you know that the processes involved in LEGO® making are much more complicated than the simple pile and clasp LEGO® sculpture making that we do today?
LEGO® like other toys, go through a process in which they are produced from raw materials, in this case plastic, and molded, into the LEGO®s that we love today. LEGO® making starts with plastic Granules, delivered to LEGO® factories, already in different colors. The colors include white, blue red, light gray, dark gray, yellow, black and green. These are stored in silos in the back of a LEGO® factory, where they could be easily accessed by the machines inside that make the actual LEGO®s. At this point in LEGO® making, the plastic granules are melted up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or 232 degrees Celsius into a certain consistency as to be able to be molded by the molding machines.
LEGO® making takes a giant step at this point, the melted plastic is inputted in to a molding machine, which upon applying the right amount of pressure and taking out heat from the melted stuff (cooling), molds the bricks and releases it, whole and cool into receiving boxes. The molding machines resemble, an ice cube tray only made up of metal and works by itself. After that, LEGO®s are sorted into their own boxes. But wait there’s more, just because the egos are all molded and shiny doesn’t mean that they’re finished, no, no, no, The LEGO® making process is only beginning.
After the LEGO® bricks are molded in to their corresponding shapes, they are taken to stamping machines that stamp the details onto the LEGO® bricks that need them, like eyes faces, and other machine details.
This whole LEGO® making process is automated, and performed only by machines, including transporting from one part of the factory to another; this is to ensure that the LEGO®s aren’t compromised thereby ensuring that they are of quality when they arrive to customers.
The next process, would be the assemblage of the LEGO®s, some LEGO® figures like human images and animal images, need a variety of the parts to form a whole, this is the part of LEGO® making, when the small parts of a LEGO® are completed, all off course done by machine.
LEGO® making comes to an end in the packaging area .Machines are programmed to release just the right amount of bricks for every kit. The kit contents are programmed into the machines computers so that they’ll release just the right amount and color of LEGO® bricks to put in each box for each type of LEGO® kit. Then each box is closed and sealed, and later on, stored in the factory storehouse, where it will await distribution to those grubby little kids’ paws, when after a few weeks of relentless playing finally end up under your sofa.