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How a Split-Flap Display Works

How a Split-Flap Display Works

Split-flap displays used to be common in everything from tabletop clocks to arrival and departure boards at airports. While not as popular these days, these electro-mechanical displays are still marvels of engineering. Scottbez1 walks us through how they work with a demonstration of his single-digit Arduino-controlled display.

The Mini Mutoscope

The Mini Mutoscope

Created by Tentacle Media Ltd., the Mini-Mutoscope is a 3D-printed replica of a 19th-century mechanical flipbook. The display works like an animation flipbook, only its movements are smoothly controlled by a crank. It holds up to 42 squares that you can load with your own animations, or one of the samples provided by Tentacle.

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Fixing a Public Park Bench with Trash

Fixing a Public Park Bench with Trash

While walking along the riverfront in Cologne, Germany, maker Laura Kampf spotted a park bench that was in really bad shape. Rather than ignore it, she headed back to her shop and fabricated a new seat using scrap pallet wood from her neighbor’s trash. We love Laura’s idea of “guerilla making” to improve public spaces.

Sewing with Electricity

Sewing with Electricity

This incredibly creative promotional video for Japanese infrastructure company Kandenko is designed to send the message that “each person lights the future.” The sequences were created with a conductive thread called Smart-X which can be used to sew designs incorporating batteries and LED lighting.

OddFauna : Secret of the TerraBeast

OddFauna : Secret of the TerraBeast

This open-world sandbox adventure is set in a whimsical world where strange and wonderful creatures roam the land – which just happens to be on the back of a giant beast. The game encourages players to grow and harvest plants, craft tools and shelters, and terraform the land as they nurture their Terrabeast.

Shredded Cash Brick

Shredded Cash Brick

Patrick Adair usually makes really cool custom rings. But in this video, he uses his skills to create something totally different. Starting out with a bag of shredded currency from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, he cast the former cash in resin to create a unique conversation piece.

The Beauty of Horror Coloring Books

The Beauty of Horror Coloring Books

Musician and illustrator Alan Robert created this awesomely-creepy series of adult coloring books, each one packed with ghoulish, gory, and nightmare-inducing images for you to fill in with your favorite colors. You’d better stock up on those blood red pencils.

Monster Hunter Cardboard Switch Axe

Monster Hunter Cardboard Switch Axe

The gigantic Switch Axe from Monster Hunter would likely be impossible to wield in real life. To solve this problem, Crafty Transformer built a lightweight replica of the transforming weapon out of cardboard, complete with the ability to convert from a sword to an axe. Though we don’t recommend lighting this one on fire.

Superegg

Superegg

The latest addition to AltDynamic’s series of collectible desktop curiosities comes in a satisfying tubular egg shape. Inspired by the mathematics of Gabriel Lamé and the 1960s Superegg design by Piet Hein, the roly-poly metal egg comes in titanium, stainless steel, and copper editions with machined or mirrored finishes.

Slow-Mo in the Movies

Slow-Mo in the Movies

Editor Casper Langbak of CLS Videos created this montage of scenes from movies that effectively used slow motion to enhance a mood or to punctuate action. That Quicksilver scene from X-Men: Days Of Future Past is still one of the best things ever. The track is Love…Thy Will Be Done by Martika, and here’s the full list of movies.

EleksTube IPS Glow Tube LED Clock

EleksTube IPS Glow Tube LED Clock

This clever modern take on vintage digital clocks replaces the Nixie tubes with tiny 16:9 LCD screens inside of glass tubes. The screens can display the time in a multitude of fonts as well as custom image uploads via Windows. The clock offers an intuitive configuration process that shows its settings on its individual screens.

Making a Bike Chain Octopus

Making a Bike Chain Octopus

WorksByaHurst asks his followers to send in random items for him to build things from. When he received a box full of old bicycle parts, the idea that struck him was to turn the chains into the tentacles and body of an octopus. While he was working on it, all we could think of was those creepy Sentinels from The Matrix.

Run Forever

Run Forever

Universal Everything teamed with Hyundai to celebrate the brand’s commitment to sustainable design and green energy. The animated clip features a runner that represents water, hydrogen, and oxygen as it transforms through various states and returns to nature. The large-scale visual is on display at Hyundai Motorstudio Busan.

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Carving a Wooden Hummer H1

Carving a Wooden Hummer H1

Awesome Woodcraft builds some amazing miniature wood vehicles. In this video, they take on the biggest SUV they could think of, the boxy, gas-guzzling Hummer H1. The detailed model includes wheels that turn and steer, a spring suspension, and a hinged hood and doors.

Skateboard Guitar

Skateboard Guitar

Burls Art has built some really interesting and unusual guitars over the years. His latest design features a body made by laminating together used skateboard decks, then assembling sections into a batwing design. The colorful cross-sections remind us of his jawbreaker guitar.

The Beauty

The Beauty

Director Pascal Schelbli, VFX Supervisor Marc Angele, and a team of talented CG artists created this short film which imagines what the world might be like if all of the plastics that make their way into the oceans came to life as sea creatures instead of polluting them like they actually do.

Making Working Doc Ock Arms

Making Working Doc Ock Arms

In the world of Spider-Man, Dr. Otto Octavius (better known as Doc Ock) has been augmented with a set of mechanical tentacles he uses for nefarious purposes. JLaservideo teamed up with a few internet friends to design and build a working tentacle backpack, and then gave it mind-control capabilities.

Transparent VFD Tube Clock

Transparent VFD Tube Clock

This retro-modern table clock from Vintage Tube Clocks incorporates a new old stock IV-18 vacuum fluorescent tube at its center, displaying the time or date in a cool blue-green hue. It’s built into a see-through acrylic enclosure, exposing its circuitry from both front and rear and wrapped in a stainless steel frame.

Steampunk Rocket Lamp

Steampunk Rocket Lamp

Artist Steve Gallagher makes this fun desk lamp that looks like a steampunk rocket ship. Each one is made from a cage light with a glass shade, various bits of pipe, and a wooden base. Four flicker bulb engines bring it to life. Available with clear, cobalt blue, or ruby red versions with an optional USB charging station.

Smoothing Out Jason and the Argonauts

Smoothing Out Jason and the Argonauts

The 1963 classic Jason and the Argonauts is known for its masterful use of stop-motion by the great Ray Harryhausen. CaptRobau was curious to know what the animation would look like at a higher frame rate, so he used motion interpolation software to smooth out the action. He did something similar to the original King Kong.

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Vokabulantis

Vokabulantis

Game studio Kong Orange and Wired Fly Animation are working on this co-op puzzle game that puts players in the roles of Karla and Kurt, two friends on the verge of expressing their love, but who lose their ability to speak. Each character and background will be hand-animated using traditional stop-motion techniques.

Flat Pack Zeppelin Model

Flat Pack Zeppelin Model

Here’s another nifty wood model kit from Nashville artist 1Man1Garage. This laser-cut wood kit comes with everything you need to build a 14″ long zeppelin model, inspired by a 1929 model flown by England’s Royal Air Force.

Bolt Into Combo Lock

Bolt Into Combo Lock

We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.

Forging Dark Souls III’s Coiled Sword

Forging Dark Souls III’s Coiled Sword

The coiled sword in Dark Souls III is one of the coolest fantasy swords we’ve seen. Aleksey from Bellerophon Studios demonstrates a number of classic blacksmithing techniques to bring this awe-inspiring twisted blade to life. Matt from That Works provides the informative narration.

Building The Mandalorian’s Jet Pack

Building The Mandalorian’s Jet Pack

Hacksmith Industries continues to build out its collection of replica props and costumes inspired by The Mandalorian. Their latest project is an impressive recreation of Mando’s jet pack. It has mechanical nozzles that fire real flames, but sadly it doesn’t fly.

Self-erasing Sand Machine

Self-erasing Sand Machine

Using parts from a 3D printer, custom laser-cut components, and LED lighting RCLifeOn created this mechanical table that uses a magnet and a ball bearing to draw complex patterns in sand, only to erase everything it doodles. On the plus side, as soon as it wipes out an image, it gets to work on another.

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