ThinAir3D is an expert at 3D modeling and 3D printing. After designing a realistic model of a fire hydrant with a hidden stash box, he printed it using Protopasta’s iron composite PLA filament, which allowed him to apply a realistic rust finish. The 3D model is available on Cults3D. Also, we want his Sticky Note Bot on our desk.
Awesome Art & Design
Google is working on an AI-powered system that can take a single photograph and allow you to fly into a synthetic world. Infinite Nature uses machine learning to extrapolate hidden areas and areas outside of the image, while increasing the resolution of details. Two Minute Papers explains this fascinating technology.
What’s worse than the claustrophobic feeling of walking down an old mine shaft? How about adding a human-sized spider lurking beneath a trap door? Boylei Hobby Time created this imaginative diorama of a couple of miners who don’t know what dangers await them. This wasn’t the first time he went mining for giant arachnids.
This fascinating machine uses gravity to draw smooth spiral images known as Lissajous curves. It’s modeled on a 19th-century device called a harmonograph, updated with self-aligning gimbals and a spring-loaded pen holder that can accept various writing instruments. It attaches to any tabletop using a single clamp.
Funkyzeit Games used Unreal Engine 5 to make the Super Mario game they always wished existed. Instead of the franchise’s typically cheerful and bright look, Funkyzeit’s version is dark, moody, and at times even gory. We’d love to see this expanded into a full game.
Cosplayer and Disney fan Tina Elliott stole the show at the 2022 D23Expo with an outfit based on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland. The costume surrounded Tina with a motorized mini version of the classic amusement park ride, and won her top prize for her category and the Fan Favorite award.
Displate makes distinctive wall art printed onto sheets of metal. This unique Star Trek poster features a bold and colorful representation of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. The 12.6″ x 17.7″ print features 3D line art, glossy and matte accents, and a varnish that glows under UV light or briefly in the dark — limited to 1000 pieces.
Who says your toolbox needs to be ugly? Character believes toolboxes should look as good as they work. Their stylish toolboxes are made of 22-gauge steel with a colorful powder-coat finish, a modern look, slide-out drawers, and non-slip silicone liners. They also sell color-coordinated tool kits and organizer bins.
Backyard engineer Geng Ge loves to make things out of parts he finds in the trash. Using a mix of junk and new parts, he built himself a bubble-shaped electric car that can maneuver in tight places. It features a curvy, stainless steel shell, wheels that can turn in any direction, a backup camera, and a 32″ TV for navigation.
Petrol Vibes makes metal wall art based on the silhouettes of sports cars and motorcycles. In addition to classics like the Ferrari 250 GTO and C2 Corvette, they can fabricate custom designs. Each is made from laser-cut 2mm steel and comes in sizes from 31″ to 55″ wide. Get 10% off with coupon code THEAWESOMER.
You know those pin art toys that take an impression of your hand or face? I Like to Make Stuff built a super-sized version of the plaything for their Maker Alliance pal Mark Rober to put in his new offices. He used large sheets of PVC, insulation foam, and 1000 PEX tubes to create the structure and its pins.
Exploring Alternatives takes us on a tour of one of the coolest tiny houses we’ve ever seen. Created by Repère Boréal, the Uhu is a 200-sq.ft. steel home that floats 40 feet in the air. After ascending a spiral staircase, occupants cross a bridge in the trees to enter the 1-bedroom home. Inside, it has a kitchen, bathroom, and a desk.
Adam from North of the Border continues to sculpt a horrifying series of pop culture characters with pointy teeth. This time, he took Nintendo’s Kirby and turned the vacuum-powered pink puffball into something straight out of DOOM, bestowing the creature with a set of choppers only a dentist could love… and skin-ripping claws.
Devon of MechanicalFiend is an expert at making detailed models and dioramas. She builds them from paperboard, cardstock, foam board, and popsicle sticks. To get us in the mood for her amazing miniature of Jack Skellington’s house from The Nightmare Before Christmas, she kicks things off with a little musical number.
LEGO celebrates a legendary Marvel superhero with this impressive 19″ tall bust. The model captures Black Panther’s shiny, silver-accented helmet, spiky necklace, and gloved hands in the iconic “Wakanda Forever” pose. The 2961-piece kit is designed for intermediate and advanced LEGO builders.
You can find all sorts of great household items and furniture at IKEA. But if you ignore the assembly instructions and make up your own, it’s possible to hack together stuff that’s not in their catalog. Tchiks guitars shows us how he used wood from various things from IKEA and turned them into a great-sounding electric guitar.
A team of domino builders in Michigan created a number of interconnected and creative displays, which culminated in the toppling of the longest wall of dominoes ever built. The 4-foot-tall, 54,321 domino wall measured more than 169 feet long and took 90 seconds to fall. The big wall comes down starting at 4:25.
Video game consoles come from the factory in opaque plastic cases. BitHead1000 gives consoles ultimate upgrade by creating custom see-through enclosures. In addition to the PS1 here, he’s built a see-through PS2, a PS4, NES, and a Sega Genesis. The videos call them glass, but we’re pretty sure they’re acrylic.
Nerdforge previously built a computer that looked like a medieval house. Now they’ve gone in the opposite direction by creating this awesome work of art – a gaming PC that looks like a neon-lit cyberpunk city. After finishing the exterior, they flew from Norway to Canada to let Linus Tech Tips trick out the insides of the rig.
This compendium from Phaidon combines and updates the three-volume Phaidon Design Classics into a single 592-page hardcover book. A must-own for appreciators of industrial design, the book showcases the most iconic and influential products and objects from the 17th to the 21st century.
Are your fingers not long and creepy enough? Perhaps you could use some finger extensions. Maker The Q took a bunch of wooden popsicle sticks and glued them together to make a sort of plywood that he cut into claw shapes. He then cut out a cavity for his fingertips, and added a hinge mechanism to make them move.
Are you ready to slow down and breathe? Well then, click play on this video and observe one full rotation of Jupiter. Interplanetary posted this relaxing footage captured by NASA and ESA’s Hubble telescope. It takes 9 hours, 55 minutes, and 30 seconds to complete the taks, the fastest of any planet in our solar system.
Artist Leandro Erlich is known for large-scale installations incorporating optical illusions. This simple yet effective illusion combines an image of a building with mirrors at a 45º angle, turning visitors on the floor into wall-climbing Spider-People. It’s on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through 9.15.22.
Photographer Joerg Daiber of Little Big World travels the globe capturing tilt-shifted aerial video of the places he visits. This time, he headed to Norway’s capital, Oslo, and transformed the beautiful and bustling city into a miniature wonderland. The equipment at the shipping docks really does look like a model.
Singapore’s XM Studios makes incredible collectible toys. Among them is this 1/4-scale Maestro, a super-smart and super-strong version of The Hulk from the future. The deluxe variant of the hand-painted polystone model features Maestro sitting on a throne made from a sentinel head, surrounded by the spoils of his conquests.
Pastry chef Amaury Guichon continues to wow us with his epic chocolate creations. For this build, he created a 3.5-foot-tall sculpture of a robotic arm out of 90 pounds of dark chocolate. Not only does it look awesome, its hinges move, and its gripper has mechanical gears.