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Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Masterly Skills | Beyond the Naked Eye |

[New Artisans of Japan] The Artisan in the Machine – Takeshi Fukuda, Maker of Metal Materials –


新ニッポン職人列伝 技を機械に写しとる 金属材料製造・福田健 [NHK]

|Length : 44min. |Year : 2000

The circuit boards which lie at the heart of devices such as personal computers and mobile ohones are criss-crossed by numerous fine lines. These are the lifelines connecting up the various electronic components which together make up large-scale integrted circuits. The copper foil used to make these lines is extremely thin - 35 microns to be exact.

SERIES Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Old Skills for New Integrated Circuits


ハイテクの職人たち | 竹串でつくる集積回路 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1998

As technology has advanced, many firms have had to adjust by developing new products. One such company in Kyoto has switched from the manufacture of metal molds for automobile parts to high-precision molds for integrated circuits. Mr. Ebata's job is "mirror polishing," and he employs a wide range of tools, including willow wood and bamboo skewers. His skills in precision processing are essential, and it's just one example of how skills from an earlier era are now being employed in new, cutting-edge technology.

SERIES Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Steel Cable Braiding


ハイテクの職人たち | ワイヤーロープは手でつなげ [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1998

Mr. Ugajin (74) and Mr. Suzuki (72) are among only a handful of people in the country who possess the skills and experience necessary to braid steel cables - used in construction of massive bridges and ski-lift equipment and requiring a high level of safety - into continuous loops. This work is done manually as it requires a sure hand and a well-trained eye that machines do not have. This episode focuses on these two senior citizens as they pass their skills on to the next generation of cable braiders.

SERIES Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Polishing Rainbows, Manipulating Light


ハイテクの職人たち | 虹を磨く 光を操る [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1998

The production of finely-tuned optical lenses and prisms - used in cameras, telescopes and semiconductor manufacturing equipment - necessitates the sensitive touch of the human hand. Akira Hozumi produces prototype optical lenses and pentaprisms, which then become the standard for mass-produced goods. He uses his hands, fingertips and a sense of timing and intuition that has been honed over the years to produce these articles, some with angles to within 1/360 of a degree.

SERIES Master Craftsmen in High Technology | Nimble Fingers for Fashion


ハイテクの職人たち | 最新ファッションを生む指先の技 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1998

The shape of a particular fiber determines its distinctive qualities, and central to the distinctiveness of each fiber is the precision of the holes, which can be as small as 100 microns, through which petroleum-based materials are squeezed to become chemical fibers. Akinori Katayama has been designated a "modern master craftsman" by the Ministry of Labor. He files and polishes unique tools made of ultra-hard alloys up to the thickness of a strand of human hair that are used to drill these holes into nozzles.

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