What is the NEW Silver Play Button REALLY made of?!

What is the NEW Silver Play Button REALLY made of?!

So when a YouTuber reaches 100,000 subscribers,
YouTube sends them a silver Play Button as an award, congratulations of sorts. But recently, YouTube started sending out
a different style of Play Button. Is it made out of the same material? Is it made out of a cheaper material? Let’s find out. [Intro] So there are a couple of differences that
we can see right off the bat. This one is the one I got about a year and
a half ago, right here for JerryRigEverything. It’s a little bit smaller than this recent
one. This one’s for the What’s Inside Family,
and Dan, why does yours have a hole cut out of the center of it? [Dan] We already cut one in half for our main
channel and I thought how cool would it be to take the “play” out of the YouTube
Play Button. So they don’t come like this with the triangle
out of the middle. But we took the “play” out of it. [Zack] And I’m glad you did that because
that’s the actual sample that we’re going to use inside of this electron microscope. So if you look at this microscope, the inside
chamber right here that we put the samples into, isn’t super huge. So it’s nice when you have a really small
sample; you get a better analysis. We’ve already done an elemental analysis
of the original silver Play Button. And we realized that there is no silver inside
of it. It’s mostly Nickel. I think it’s 94% nickel. But now that we have this Play Button, it
looks like the interior is made out of something different…something besides nickel. And that’s what we’re here to find out. Another difference is that this award part
right here is written on the glass itself, and for the What’s Inside Family channel,
nothing is written on the glass. It’s all printed on the paper inside, which
is probably more cost effective. So what do you think Dan? Do you think they changed the size, the frame,
and the material to be more cost effective? [Dan] I would imagine there are a lot more
YouTubers that are hitting a million and of course hitting 100,000. I mean, this is our second channel that we’ve
hit it with. And so I’m curious to see, because we brought
our gold Button and our silver Play Button up here and we were able to see…that machine
told us what this was made of. But, I want to see what this new one’s made
of. I think it’s going to be different. [Dan] Look at the back of that. [Zack] Look at that! [Dan] It’s different. Where’s the other one? Oh, you haven’t taken it off yet. [Zack] It’s made in the USA at least, that’s
cool. [Dan] Yeah, at least they put that on there. [Zack] It’s really a lot more light weight
than I thought it would be. [Dan] Alright, let’s check them out. Side by side. Look at the difference. What about the backside? [Zack] Mine looks a little bit cleaner and
more polished. Yours is like industrial. [Dan] Yeah. [Zack] You can see the injection points from
the mold that they use to inject it. [Zack] The chunk of the silver Play Button
that we have in this cup is sitting in acetone. So if it was plastic, it would have already
been dissolved. Luckily it looks like it’s still in one
piece so we know for sure it’s not plastic. But we got to find out what it’s really
made of. Alright so this is the electron microscope. Inside of the electron microscope is where
we’re going to stick this sample; the inside of the silver Play Button. Just going to rest it right there on top of
that little platform. And here inside of the machine, this is a
view that not very many people get to see. It’s this little platform right here and
there’s a series of little motors and pulleys and this moves the platform inside so that
it can sit underneath this little nozzle and that’s where we get our images from. So this whole machine right here costs about
700,000 dollars. The part that we’re the most interested
in though is this part right back here. This is the energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer,
and it spits out x-rays into here to figure out what the elemental makeup is of whatever
sample we have inside. The electron microscope is able to differentiate
different elements on an elemental level simply by putting the sample inside this machine. And that will tell us exactly what the silver
Play Button is made of. So if you listen very closely there’s a
high pitched sound and right now it’s pulling all of the oxygen, all of the air, out from
inside of this machine. Cuz as you know, oxygen and all of the other
molecules inside of the air have their own elemental make up, and so we have to have
zero air inside of the machine to get an accurate reading on the Play Button itself. So there are several cameras inside of this
electron microscope. If you remember seeing those motors and pulleys,
it’s moving the platform underneath the electron beam. We can also raise the sample up and lower
it with that same platform. So this is a live camera inside the machine. So the sample’s being read inside of the
machine. If you remember when we put it down inside
of the platform, the shiny side was facing up, and so with that shiny side, this is the
elemental reading that we’re getting from it. Right here it says that it’s 92% nickel
and there’s a little bit of zinc and a little bit of carbon. The carbon is kind of like the impurities
and stuff. You’re going to have that with any sample. So we can pretty much safely assume that we’re
looking at 92% nickel and 2% zinc for that surface area. So now we’re going to depressurize this
machine. We’re going to let air back into it, take
the sample out and flip it up on its side and go for a second reading of the internal
of the Play Button. So right now we’re still doing the cross
section and so right here we can see the internal section of the Play Button, and then this
band right here, this layer, that’s the shiny part, the exterior. Here’s another little shot of that. And so we know that this part does have the
nickel in it, but now we want to see what the actual center of the button is made up
of. [Dan] So I think this is super interesting
because the other Play Button was all pure nickel; the same thing on the inside of it. Where this one, the scientist that we’re
working with here does not want to be on camera, which is fine, she coined this as the inside
junk. So even she used, by using the term “junk”,
carbon is basically denoting that it might be a little cost effective and material that’s
not as pure as what was on the other one. I thought that was interesting. [Zack] So here’s the cross section that
we’re looking at here. And then once we get into this image, you
can see that this is the cross section. This is what the microscope is actually looking
at. And this is the elemental make up of each
of the elements in that cross section. So zinc is right here which is the majority
of the cross section, but as we get close to the edge here, we see that that’s where
the nickel is at. And this color is representing the nickel. We have a little bit of copper and I’m guess
that copper is used to join the nickel to the zinc. There’s also a little bit of aluminum, but
we can see here that it’s only 4%, so that’s pretty much a non issue here. The majority of it is going to be the zinc
and the carbon. And we have the zinc and the carbon. So the carbon is mixed pretty well inside
of that. Which I think is pretty interesting because
when you take carbon and you add it to iron you get steel. And that carbon is used to strengthen the
iron to make the harder material which you get is steel. So I’m guessing what they’ve done here
with this Button is they’ve added the carbon to the zinc to make it stronger and the Play
Button will last longer that way. But carbon is also extremely cheap and so
is zinc. So let’s see how much each of these Play
Buttons weigh, the silver one from before, and the newer silver one, and then we can
kind of get an idea of how much each of them cost to actually make. Alright, let’s go weigh these things. [Dan] Hold on, before we weigh things Zack,
make sure you put this one. [Zack] I’m not putting those on! [Zack] Here is my silver Play Button. This is the original one. We’re going to go ahead and drop it onto
the scale, and it looks like we’re at one third of a pound. Point three pounds. And add on the What’s Inside Family channel,
we’re at point three eight, plus…right on point four one. So it’s a little bit heavier. So to recap, this is my Play Button; this
is the What’s Inside Family Play Button. Mine is made out of nickel which is about
5 dollars per pound if you’re just doing like the raw weight of the metal. This one is made out of zinc and carbon, which
ends up being about 25 cents per pound, just the raw metal weight. [Dan] To put that into perspective, last year
alone there were 24,000 people that hit 100,000 subscribers. So not everybody redeems their award, but
if they did, YouTube would be saving around 32,000 dollars a year at that same rate just
by making this button over that button. So while mine is bigger, it’s not as expensive
as this one. A dollar sixty is what we mapped that out
to, and about 25 cents. Not very expensive considering how much this
means to every YouTuber that actually hits the award. But by making this Button less expensive,
they are saving around 32,000 dollars a year according to our estimates. [Zack] And remember, those numbers are just
for the metal weight itself. We’re not talking about like the manufacturing
cost, cuz like this Button, where it’s finished on both the front and the back, like it’s
shiny nice and finished. This Button is not finished at all on the
back; it has that raw, industrial feel to it which actually saves a lot of money. If we look really closely on the back, you
can see the actual injection points for the mold. So they didn’t bother to finish that at
all, which makes sense because no one’s ever going to see the back of the Play Button
besides us. [Dan] Except for us weirdoes! [Zack] We’re the only two channels that
are going to open these things up. [Dan] One thing I really like according to
Social Blade, there were 25 channels a day in 2015 that would hit 100,000 subscribers. And in 2016, that was 44 channels a day. So almost doubling that number, and so every
single year you’re seeing more and more people that are becoming subscribers on YouTube,
that are gaining subscribers. [Zack] Even though YouTube can now make probably
about 5 or 6 Play Buttons for the cost of one of these, it’s still…the most important
part is that they actually are giving away an award for hitting a milestone. I think they are the only social media platform
that actually rewards their creators when they hit these milestones. [Dan] And I am so grateful for it. Like we took our gold Play Button around the
world, like we really are grateful for the award. It sits prominently in our office. We’re really proud of the achievement and
really thankful for all of our subscribers that actually choose to subscribe. Like 100,000 or a million…those are a lot
of people who subscribe. And I’m certainly grateful for it. Like it’s more than the metal that’s inside
of it, it really is the subscribers like you guys, for subscribing to our channels. It means so much. [Zack] I’m never going to melt it down because
I love my award as well. [Dan] I know a lot of you guys said if you’ve
watched What’s Inside even one time, you’re looking at this going Dan, how did you cut
that so perfectly? It wasn’t me I promise. But it was really interesting the way that
we cut it. [Zack] Dan is not an expert with tools, but
if you want to watch the video where he cuts this open, I will link that at the end of
this one. And I do appreciate you guys a ton. If you haven’t subscribed to my channel
yet, go ahead and hit that subscribe button below. I will link Dan’s channel at the end of
this one as well. Thanks a ton for watching! I’ll see you around.


  1. holy jesus youre huge
    you are atleast twice the size of what I imagined to be the typical mass of a person who works with electron microscopes

  2. You don't mind when you're at almost 700,000 subscribers, but I'd like to see what the gold one is made of right after you pass a million.

  3. 25% carbon seems a little bit off. Steel has between 0.02 and 1% of carbon and some tool steels get up to 2.5% carbon, but that's it. interesting video non the less!

  4. YouTube takes at $32,000 a year invested in CNN MSNBC and ABC and other mainstream media for their platform therefore slowly killing it

  5. I am sure they argued before giving button to you

    Because they know what will happen 🤣🤣🤣

  6. I'm not a little kid or anything but tjis guys actually pretty awesome, Great content, smart, buff, money, successful, and alot more we have yet to know

  7. Up next: Whats inside the Diamond Play Button -Whats Inside
    2 days after that: Is the diamond play button made out of diamond? -JerryRigEverything

  8. It's not about the cost or what it's made of. It's about the thought. But yes I would more appreciate a good looking button, lol

  9. If the second most common element is carbon, and carbon is an allotrope of diamond, would this more accurately be the Diamond Play Button? 🤔

  10. I understand that you have to remove all the air so it doesn't accidentally read the molecules in the air, although there are a lot of mechanical components in the machine itself, how can it be sure that it's not reading off the wires and metal plates and machine parts?

  11. A gazillion dollars worth company cheaps out on creator awards to save 32k $ yearly. For a perspective, that's LITERALLY a yearly salary of ONE 15$/hour employee. ROFLMAO.

  12. I find it strange that your old silver play button doesn't contain silver at all. There was a video made way back in early 2015 that shows the disassembly of the old silver plague and part of it was taken to test and see whether it has silver or not. Turns out, it IS covered with a thin layer of silver and the inside is zinc. The video was done by Thoisoi2 – Chemical Experiments! channel. Perhaps the batch of silver buttons before yours had silver?

  13. WOOHOO 700 DOLLAR ELECTRON MICROSCOPE!! WHERE DO I GET ONE. 700,000 THOUSAND. DAMMIT, There goes my channel idea for “ElectronEverything” Putting random stuff in my electron microscope.

  14. 700 dollars …oh cheap crap….. added thousand ….. Oh dope….. I thought I can start business by lending this microscope to schools and colleges but 700 dollars and added extra three zeroes to the end I don't wanna buy that.

  15. To save on fucking play buttons is ridiculous. Especially if you are aware how much YouTube as a company makes money. And this money they save up on goes straight to the CEOs pocket. They don’t bother improving their service. It’s getting worse every year.

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