Designer and fabricator Chaz Capobianco shows off a cool creation, a large, flat spiral cut from a sheet of aluminum, which produces mesmerizing patterns as its center is moved about. It’s sort of like giant, flattened Slinky, and so much cooler than a fidget spinner.
If you’ve been to Japan, you’re probably familiar with the Shinkansen, duck-billed bullet trains that zip around the country at speeds up to 186 mph. In this fascinating clip, go inside the factory where the body of the N700-series train is built from reinforced sheets of aluminum.
Beyond Object’s sculptural metal writing instrument is the perfect pen for fidgeters. One of its sections is misaligned by default, and must be rotated back into position in order for the pen’s tip to emerge. Choose from champagne, gunmetal grey, rose gold, or silver.
Woodworker Andy Phillip recently completed a project that anyone can do with enough time, patience, and access to a lathe. By crumpling up, hammering, sanding, and polishing an entire roll of aluminum foil, he shows us how to make a beautifully shiny metal sphere.
This value-priced bolt-action pen is made from aircraft-grade 6061T aluminum, and features a contrasting-colored bolt for retracting its tip. The loop at its back makes it easy to attach to a carabiner or keychain. Accepts standard Parker, Schmidt, and Fisher Space Pen refills.
BulletsIIBandages‘ anodized aluminum shot glasses are inspired by the spinning cylinder from a classic Colt revolver. They hold appx. 1.25 oz. of liquid, and come in a set of two. Custom engraving is also available for an extra $12, making them even better gifts.
The Backyard Scientist has made a habit of pouring molten aluminum into things to see how it will interact with them. This time, he pours the hot metal into an aquarium filled with thousands of water-absorbent polymer beads. The resulting sculptures are totally awesome.
A modern aluminum wallet that stores not only credit cards, but doubles as a keychain. It can hold up to 6 cards, and four flat keys, or upgraded with optional accessories like a USB drive or a bottle opener. Save 22% in the Technabob Shop. Choose from black or gold.
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