Lego bricks, 1996.
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As Lego shapes are complex, casting is the easiest way of producing them. They are injection moulded using a type of plastic called ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) which is melted and injected into the mould by a hydraulic plunger. This has a force equivalent to 700 bags of sugar balanced on the end of your finger and a single mould can produce 2880 Lego blocks an hour. A house and a 'person' have been constructed from the bricks. Made by the Lego Group.