How Are Stress Balls Made?


Everyone loves a good stress ball. I mean you probably have one at your desk
right now as you’re watchin’ this video. And sharing this video with your friends and
family, of course. And you’re probably sitting there wondering,
“Gee, how are all these awesome items actually made?” Well… We’ve got the answer for ya’. Now obviously stress relievers come in a lot
of really cool, unique shapes. And each one of those shapes comes from a
custom mold. A football comes from this mold. A cat comes from this one. A knight in shining armor comes from this
one. You get the idea. Stress balls basically begin their life inside
these custom molds. So, in order to begin production on a new
batch of stress balls, the molds first have to be cleaned out. Well, for the most part anyway. Technicians remove any excess foam or debris
left by the previous batch. They’ll brush away, or peel off all those
little foam bits on the inside, then they spray the interior casing with a silicone
lubricant, creating a slippery varnish that will later
allow for the finished stress balls to be removed easily. Now that they’ve been prepped, the casings
are coated with a quick layer of paint. The same color that particular stress ball
is going to be. This coating helps to ensure the finished
stress ball will have a smooth and consistently colored surface. The newly coated molds go into a big toaster
oven to get preheated, which conditions them for the next step, where they’re injected with a liquid polyurethane
foam. Technicians pour only a small amount of liquid
foam into the molds, cause it will expand and solidify within seconds after it’s been
poured. That’s what’s happening here as the molds
proceed down the assembly line and back in to another toaster oven. Consistent heat is important because it helps
the foam to cure along the interior surface, and form a smooth outer skin. Next, the molds come outta the oven, they’re
opened up and the fully formed stress balls are taken out. They’re lookin’ pretty good, but they’re not
perfect just yet. Along the edges, you can see where the foam
started to seep out as it hardened. Those edges now have to be trimmed. Easy fix. Snip snip here. Snip snip there. And there
we go. Now we’re getting somewhere. Any noticeable surface defects are mended
quickly. And at this point, the fully formed relievers
are looking pretty seamless. But there’s a few features that still need
to be added. All the colorful little details need to be
sprayed on. These are the details that really make the stress ball when all is said and
done. Like how these solar panels would be nothing
without their actual panels. These flying pigs would never achieve liftoff
without their wings. And of course you’ll never get a perfect spiral
outta these footballs without the laces. See, it’s the little things that make the
big difference. Now the fun part. Your custom imprint. Which I think we can all agree pretty much
makes the stress ball yours. Then again, I guess they’re not really yours
until you actually receive them. Which is probably why the next and last step
is shipping. Each reliever gets individually packaged,
and then the whole set is mailed, with love, directly to your home or business. And there ya’ have it. Literally. I mean, stress balls may look like toys at
first glance, but you gotta remember that at the end of the day, they’re actually powerful
marketing tools. So it’s good to know that they’re treated
that way every step of the way through production. You wanna learn more about some really cool
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time.

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