Ever Wonder How Condoms Are Made? These Machines Are F*cking Amazing

Ever Wonder How Condoms Are Made? These Machines Are F*cking Amazing
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Next time you intimately roll a rubber up your junk, thank the machines that worked tirelessly to make that moment happen. 

A condom factory can produce 5 million love gloves a day, according to Wired — and you have to see these prophylactic-making contraptions in action. They dip, rotate, apply voltage to and vulcanize the latex that eventually ends up between your legs. 

Billy Boy Condoms posted a video in 2011 spotlighting how its rubbers are manufactured. 

Once Billy Boy acquires its latex — which gets harvested from rubber trees and then tested for quality — the first notch on the automated workforce belt is the dipping process. 

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Here, rotating glass phalli are fastened to a computer-monitored chain. They are slowly immersed into a vat of latex and then churned out of the dipping tank. 

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The latex film goes into drying and curing ovens. The immersion and drying processes happen twice to ensure adequate thickness. 

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Next, we have the rim job. The creation of the rolling rim is followed by a final drying process and vulcanization to achieve elasticity. 

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Dried condoms are removed from the glass phalli to be washed and dried. 

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Now, these precious contraceptives are run through an electronic test to make sure they aren't faulty. A high voltage is passed between the metal forms and rotating carbon fibers; if the voltage passes through an insulated condom, that condom will be rejected. 

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An automated assembly line then seals the rubbers into their airtight foil wrappers. This is also when they receive their lubricated coating and aromatic flavors. 

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"These sealed condom batches are now subjected to a whole series of elaborate inspections and tests," the Billy Boy video narrator states.

Test 1: Can it house 18 liters before bursting? Check. 

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Test 2: Can it stretch to 700% or more of the original coefficient? Check.

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Test 3: Is it free of microholes? Check.

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Test 4: Is it sterile? Check. 

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Next, the condoms are packaged using "state of the art technology" — and actual humans! — and automatically fitted with an instruction manual, lot number and expiration date.  

Then humans (whose jobs could probably be replaced by robots, if Liam or Atlas are looking for a job) load the boxes onto a truck and off the rubbers go, ready for their next wild adventure.  

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Melanie Ehrenkranz

Melanie is a writer covering technology and the future. She can be reached at melanie@mic.com.

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