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?
THE BEST Aluminum
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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″.
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.
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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