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Machining a 500-Pound Chess Board

Machining a 500-Pound Chess Board

TITANS of CNC: Academy presents footage of a truly epic creation – a hefty chess board machined from a massive hunk of metal. It’s got a grooved playing surface, and logo art on its sides. We’d love to see how they milled all of those beautiful titanium chess pieces too.

MTC 2401 Storage Cabinet

MTC 2401 Storage Cabinet

Artist Love Hulten is back with another awesome retro-inspired piece. The MTC 2401 is a custom cabinet that looks just like the IBM 2401 Magnetic Tape Unit – a computer relic that dates back to the mid-1960s. It features blinking lights, spinning tape reels, and it makes vintage computer noises. Every office needs one.

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The Pitch Song

The Pitch Song

Anyone working in a creative line of business can relate to the emotions you feel when your pitch for a concept falls flat on its face. Giant Ant’s animation and accompanying tune should serve as the official theme song for failed pitches.

Damascus Steel Dice

Damascus Steel Dice

King Cobra Blades Art handmakes these unique damascus steel 6-sided dice. Each one features a distinctive pattern made by forging and folding layers of metal together numerous times. They come in 16mm, 20mm, and 1″ sizes. They also make some beautiful damascus knives and rings.

Ekow Nimako: Building Black

Ekow Nimako: Building Black

Artist Ekow Nimako celebrates African culture through his incredible LEGO brick constructions. His most recent works are constructed entirely from black bricks, revealing their details through light and shadow. His epic Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE, pays tribute to West Africa’s medieval kingdoms through the lens of Afrofuturism.

Making a Miniature Rain Garden

Making a Miniature Rain Garden

Model maker asu_green11 built this wonderful living diorama which replicates the look of a bamboo forest. In addition to its greenery, it features a pump and a water diffuser grid which produce rain for the miniature scene. It took several tries to get the rain just right, but the finished effect is delightful.

Ferrofluid Display Bluetooth Speaker

Ferrofluid Display Bluetooth Speaker

Ferrofluid is a special kind of liquid that’s attracted to magnetic poles. DAKD Jung shows off an awesome custom-built speaker that takes advantage of this property to propel and direct ferrofluid to the beat of the music. A second video shows off how it works. It’s basically the Lava Lamp 2.0… and we want one.

DropKey Pop-up Studio

DropKey Pop-up Studio

Turn any space into a video production studio with this inflatable green screen system. The whole kit packs up into a duffel bag and sets up in minutes. It works with a mobile app to do easy background replacement and other apps that support chroma key. The kit comes with lighting and an air compressor for quick inflation.

0II0

0II0

Taehoon Park’s awe-inspiring science fiction short film envisions a universe where machines have replaced by humans. A lone character survives by grafting his body with technology and attempts to escape in a human body he cloned. It’s only a tease of a bigger story, and we’d love to see this evolve into a feature film.

How to Make Images Look Engraved

How to Make Images Look Engraved

Do you like the artful, monochrome look of engravings like the illustrated portraits on currency? Texturelabs shows us how to achieve that exact look by creating a custom wavy texture, using the Oil Paint filter, and a few other tricks inside of Adobe Photoshop.

Adam Savage Builds a Hyperdodecahedron

Adam Savage Builds a Hyperdodecahedron

Tested’s Adam Savage got his hands on the Zometool Hyperdo, an incredibly complex building kit based on a 4D object known as a hyperdodecahedron. The 120-cell object is made up from 640 struts and 330 connection nodes. It requires a lot of time and patience to assemble, but the end result is worth it.

LEGO River + Waterfall Table

LEGO River + Waterfall Table

We’ve seen a table that incorporates LEGO into its center before. But rather than using concrete, builder Nick Zametti made his table from two large slabs of burled wood and filled its center with LEGO bricks and a river of resin to hold them in place. We like how he created scenes and didn’t just pour in a bunch of random bricks.

Circuit Board Tungsten Ring

Circuit Board Tungsten Ring

C9T Tungsten makes unique rings from silver and tungsten. Among them is this band inspired by the traces on a circuit board. It features a crimson and black carbon fiber inlay and can be ordered in 9mm or 5mm sizes with free inside engraving available. They also have a 10mm version in green.

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Cutting Glass with a Sandblaster

Cutting Glass with a Sandblaster

NightHawkInLight built a homebrew mini-sandblaster that’s powerful enough to cut glass. With the help of some electrical tape and paraffin wax, he shows how to cut a perfect helix shape out of a test tube. If you plan on trying to DIY, be sure to follow his recommended safety precautions.

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.

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.

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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.

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