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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.

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.

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Macally Round Key Mac Keyboard

Macally Round Key Mac Keyboard

Macally’s slimline aluminum keyboard looks great with modern Mac computers, blending in a retro typewriter vibe with its circular and oval keys. It’s optimized for use with MacOS, and includes numerous Mac-specific shortcut keys. Plus, it’s a bargain compared to the price of Apple’s venerable wired keyboard.

Dango R-Spec Wallets

Dango R-Spec Wallets

Dango’s R-Spec wallets feature a technical look inspired by sports cars. They’re made using carbon fiber and 6061 aluminum, along with glossy powder-coated metal trim, and top-grain leather. They hold 10 to 12 cards, and have a built-in bottle opener too. Available in black, red, or white.

SO Design Alt Tool Pen

SO Design Alt Tool Pen

This modern writing instrument features a sleek metal body in aluminum or steel, and its magnetic hex opening holds screwdriver bits for eyeglasses, watches, and electronic gadgets. It comes with eight tool bits, and can store up to four of them inside of its body. Special price available for a limited time from Drop.

Viper Bottle Opener

Viper Bottle Opener

Farmer Customs‘ machined metal bottle opener is the perfect keychain companion. It’s got a sleek, yet pragmatic design that allows it to hang a keys from either end, and clips easily onto your belt or pants pocket. Available in aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, or titanium for the ultimate in strength.

Machined Tesseract Cube

Machined Tesseract Cube

Makers of cool metal objects AltDynamic are back with another really sweet design. The Tesseract is a CNC-machined aluminum cube within a cube that looks like a rare totem from another dimension. It comes in three sizes: 1.9″ Mini, 2.4″ Mighty, and 2.9″ Mega, in raw aluminum and three anodized colors.

Making a Mini Spring Bow

Making a Mini Spring Bow

M.N. Projects shows off a nifty little weapon he machined from aluminum. It has a set of hinged arms which are attached to springs that store up energy when the bow is drawn back. We certainly wouldn’t want to catch one of those metal-tipped arrows in an eyeball.

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. It’s also available in a slim bifold style.

Skull Piston Bob

Skull Piston Bob

EDC Apparatus makes all kinds of great clips, belt loop, and keychain accessories. This little guy is a miniature engine piston with a face cut into it, perfect for lovers of cars, motorcycles, skulls, or all three. It’s made from 6061 aluminum and can be outfitted with a carabiner clip in stainless steel or titanium for a small upcharge.

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.

Diesel Fish Rope Tie

Diesel Fish Rope Tie

Fishbone’s metal gadget is designed for knotless joining and tying of ropes and straps. It holds up to 0.5″ rope or 1″ flat webbing, and has built-in neodymium magnets for stacking and storage. Available in stainless steel or lightweight aluminum. They also make a mini version for paracord and skinny cord.

Flipo Flip Kinetic Toy

Flipo Flip Kinetic Toy

Machined from a solid hunk of aluminum or brass, the Flipo Flip offers a unique take on the desktop fidget toy. This metal plaything is designed to feel great in the hand, and is perfectly weighted for flipping, spinning, and manipulation with your fingers. Available in hexagonal and square designs.

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Olight I3T Flashlight

Olight I3T Flashlight

Olight’s small-but-mighty pocket flashlight features a water-resistant aluminum body with a unique knurled grip design. It offers 180 lumens of brightness from a single AAA battery, and has a TIR optic lens for a smooth beam. The zig-zag pocket clip offers carrying versatility. Available in desert tan and black.

Shiny Stubby Fat Pens

Shiny Stubby Fat Pens

From the Truth in Advertising Department, machinist Brian Howey’s shiny, stubby, and fat metal pens have a clean, minimal look to them, and measure just 4-3/4″ long. They come in various combinations of aluminum, brass, and copper, and can be optioned out with a matching leather case from UpState Handmade.

Zeus Wallet

Zeus Wallet

This slick, technically-styled wallet is made of engraved 6061 aluminum, and features modular, swing-out compartments for accessing individual cards. Optional modules include a sliding box for loose change, bills, or keys, as well as a loss tracker with alarm, flashing lights, and Bluetooth integration.

GrabOpener Bottle Opener

GrabOpener Bottle Opener

The GrabOpener pops open bottles with one hand… and a flourish. The easy-to-use anodized aluminum tool removes caps without bending them. Its built-in magnet holds onto caps, and can stick the tool on your fridge. Comes in purple, green, gold, and orange.

Dango Capsule Wide

Dango Capsule Wide

Accessory maker Dango’s portable storage canister looks like something on Batman’s utility belt. It’s machined from 6061 aluminum, and provides a waterproof, food-safe space to carry pills, money, keys, coins, matches or other small supplies. It’s available in satin silver or jet black, and with an optional paracord tether.

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.)

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.

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.

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