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Inside Facebook's new hardware labYes, Facebook does hardware, and now it has a 22,000-square-foot lab where teams can collaborate, create prototypes and test hardware for VR, expanded internet access and data storage. Take a tour with CNET.
[MUSIC] So this lab is essentially where we do research and development for all of our hardware. [MUSIC] We've been doing hardware for a long time, primarily on the testing and validation side. And now we're able to prototype parts, as well. So instead of having them made by other companies, we can make our parts in house. [MUSIC] The first pieces of equipment I wanna talk about is actually our water jet. It's High pressure water and that water will proctor pretty much anything. This is our Surround 360 our 3D 360 camera. I just wanted to show you that because this actual outside throughout this is something. Something that we can prototype on our water jet. [MUSIC] This machine is one of our free access milling machines. It's the biggest one that we currently have. This is kind of like the workhorse of the shop. It's very versatile, it's very easy to use. So an example of that would be the propeller from the Kilo. So we won't be making the propeller, but we will be making the tools to support the prototyping build. [MUSIC] So this machine will take a piece of sheet metal And actually folds it up to the specified angle and keep photo typing a lot of very interesting sheet. Some of those components will be in our civil rack. [MUSIC] So this is our five. [UNKNOWN] machine. And this is my favorite machine. It's a very powerful machine that can do very complex prototypes very quickly and accurately. [MUSIC] Took about nine months to built the space. The new area is 22,000 square feet. We'll have about 8 to 10 dedicated staff here in the lab but there's room here for about 80 other engineers who'll be working on. Specific point taken. I guess the two things that we look for is innovation with hardware. If we don't feel like the industry is moving in the right direction, making our own hardware allows us to do our own innovation. And also, generally provides a lower cost for us at the end of the day. [MUSIC]