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Milling a Metal Gear

Milling a Metal Gear

Machine shop DataPro shares hypnotic time-lapse footage of a Datron CNC milling machine, as it takes a disc of aluminum and transforms it into a precise and smoothly formed gear. It was shot as a time-lapse, but won’t it be awesome when machines can do this in real time?

New 30° Ruler

New 30° Ruler

This wing-shaped aluminum ruler incorporates a variety of small refinements that make it more useful than most. It’s got English and Metric sides, large whole numbers, clearly-labeled fraction and millimeter tick marks, and won’t scratch up if you cut with it. Available in 6″/15cm, 8″/20cm, and 12″/30cm lengths.

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Helico Fidget Toy

Helico Fidget Toy

This unique spin on fidget toys uses helical gears, each with a herringbone pattern than allows them to interlock. Each set comes with a pair of machined brass and aluminum gears, which not only roll against each other, but can attach and spin on their sides thanks to strong neodymium magnets.

Aluminum Pocket Shot 2.0

An upgraded version of the Pocket Shot launcher with a sturdy aluminum chassis. It can fire projectiles with up to 3x the power of a slingshot, and features a gimbal that can pivot and swivel to help you aim with precision. Includes two pouches, a carrying case, and 200 plastic balls. (Must be 18+ to purchase.)

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Mechforce’s mindbending fidget toy features a series three metal cubes nested one inside of the other. The entire thing is CNC-machined from a single billet of aluminum. Measures 1″ x 1″ x 1″, and includes a removable keychain ring.

Elephant N3D Wallet

Elephant N3D Wallet

Elephant Wallet’s sleek and modern card holder is milled from a block of aluminum. Its front is solid and blocks RFID scanning, while its rear provides easy access to up to nine cards, which stow under a colorful fabric strap. Available with your choice of 14 different strap colors.

MVST Select Trek Luggage

MVST Select Trek Luggage

This slick, technically-styled wheeled luggage from MVST Select made from real aluminum alloy. Each piece features smooth-rolling 360º spinner wheels, water-resistant zipperless closures, and an internal compression system for efficient packing. Available in three sizes, in silver, black, or gunmetal finishes.

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

Builder Tim Sway always wanted to create a musical instrument without using any wood in its construction. So he set about crafting a fretless bass guitar from a thick sheet of clear acrylic and aluminum. Despite some challenges along the way, the finished result looks amazing.

Full Windsor Magware Utensils

Full Windsor Magware Utensils

Full Windsor, maker of the Muncher multi-utensil, extends its lineup with these slimline aluminum eating tools. This literal flatware has embedded magnets and couplers for easy stacking in your drawer, backpack, or for grouping them together at the table. Carry them every day, and cut down on environmental waste.

How Heat Sinks Are Made

How Heat Sinks Are Made

Take an up-close look at the surprising process that goes into making the stacked fins of a heat sink. Rather than casting the aluminum cooling device, they’re made by shaving the fins out of a solid block of metal, and bending them into place.

How Many Cans Do We Use?

How Many Cans Do We Use?

Do you know how many aluminum cans are used every year? MetaBallStudios created a visual representation to put things into perspective, so they stacked up 200 Billion virtual cans alongside some other objects for comparison. At least aluminum is sustainable. Now think about the 182.5 Billion plastic straws we can’t recycle.

Airplane Fuselage Doors

Airplane Fuselage Doors

MotoArt creates furniture and interior pieces using parts from actual retired aircraft. One of the largest items they make is a conference room wall and sliding door from the fuselage of a Boeing airplane. The exposed aluminum looks amazing in matte or polished mirror finishes. Requires a minimum 25-foot expanse.

Fusion Wallet: Cyberpunk Edition

Fusion Wallet: Cyberpunk Edition

There are tons of wallets to choose from these days, but we’ve never seen one that looks like this. It has an all-aluminum body with an aesthetic inspired by Japanese cyberpunk anime. Each one is made from numerous CNC-machined parts, with exposed Torx screwheads to complete the look. Available in 3 customizable designs.

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da Vinci’s Dodecahedron

da Vinci’s Dodecahedron

AltDynamic’s wonderfully tactile plaything is CNC-machined from a solid block of aluminum. Each one features an open-structure geometry inspired by a design found among Leonardo daVinci’s drawings. It measures 2.5″ at its widest point, and is available in raw aluminum, bead-blasted satin, or anodized colors.

Flying Horseduck d60 Dice

Flying Horseduck d60 Dice

These beautiful, precise, and substantial RPG dice can pick a random number between 1 and 60. Each 37mm piece is carved from solid aluminum using a 5-axis CNC mill. Also available as a spindown version with all the numbers in sequential order. Each die includes a case.

Super Cache

Super Cache

Not to be confused with the popular WordPress plugin of the same name, Vital Carry’s Super Cache is the perfect keychain accessory, offering a safe home for pills, matches, or other small objects, with two bonuses: 1) it’s got a built-in match striker, and 2) it doubles as a Sharpie Mini holder. In Titanium, Copper, Brass, or Aluminum.

Endless Highways Trailer

Endless Highways Trailer

Bowlus Road Chief’s stunning 26-foot luxury trailer features a shiny and streamlined aluminum shell with aircraft-inspired riveting. Its interior offers sleeping and dining quarters for 4 with hotel quality amenities, and its on-board battery system allows off-grid living for up to a week.

Drop Shift Mechanical Keyboard

Drop Shift Mechanical Keyboard

The Shift will be Drop’s largest mechanical keyboard yet. But it still has a smaller footprint than other full-sized keyboards. Every key in the Shift is programmable, and the same goes for its RGB lighting. It also has hot-swappable switches and a sleek and durable aluminum body.

Douk Audio Nobsound VFD Clock

Douk Audio Nobsound VFD Clock

Douk Audio’s unique desk clock uses an old-school vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) to produce a cool greenish glow. It shows the current time using analog-style hands, and has an optional second hand. Made from sturdy CNC molded aluminum, and measures 2.87″ x 2.28″ x 0.87″.

Edge Dominoes

Edge Dominoes

Designer Andrew Perkins of Fire Road created this kickass new spin on the classic game. Edge Dominoes take a minimalist approach, reducing each tile to an anodized aluminum skeleton with the numbers laser engraved onto the pips.

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Machining the Eiffel Tower

Machining the Eiffel Tower

German CNC machine maker Hermle shares footage of its C 42 U 5-axis milling machine cranking out an intricate model of the Eiffel Tower, carved from a single block of solid aluminum. Why can’t we have a machine like this in The Awesomer office?

Canniloq Stash Jar

Canniloq Stash Jar

Designed for keeping coffee, spices, tea, and uh… herbs dry, this durable container is made from 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, and keeps dry goods dry and safe, while being smell-proof as well. The interior is 1.67″ dia x 3.3″ long. Available in black or silver finishes.

Sturdie Sharpie Marker Case

Sturdie Sharpie Marker Case

A smaller and slimmer version of the Tactical Marker metal Sharpie case. The Sturdie is meant to house the ink core of a Sharpie, so you get practically the same size and shape as the marker’s original body. It comes in titanium, aluminum, brass or copper.

Making an Aluminum Foil Sphere

Making an Aluminum Foil Sphere

Woodworker Andy Phillip 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.

Dango Dapper EDC Wallet

Dango Dapper EDC Wallet

Most minimal wallets put an emphasis on modern looks, but Dango Products‘ take on the slimline trend combines the classic appeal of leather with the structure of aerospace-grade aluminum. It holds up to 12 cards, and blocks RFID scanners. Also available as a slim bifold.

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