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Aluminum

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.

Dango Dapper EDC Wallet

Dango Dapper EDC Wallet
$69  Buy Comment

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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Nextool Pallas Tactical Pen

Nextool Pallas Tactical Pen
$25  Buy Comment

This unique writing instrument features a body made from perforated aluminum, which gives it an almost organic look, while making it supremely lightweight. It takes a Fisher Space Pen refill, and its back end features a ceramic point for self defense and breaking windows.

Engraved Arcade Coasters

Engraved Arcade Coasters
~$34/set  Buy Comment

Fans of classic arcade games will dig VectorEngrave’s slick anodized aluminum coasters which feature engraved images inspired by Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Tetris. Available in three different thicknesses, and sold in a set of four.

Cork Disc Chair

Cork Disc Chair
$1800  Buy Comment

Quartertwenty created this slick piece of upcycled modern furniture which is made using cork from inside of aluminum baseball bats. The cork provides style and cushioning, while aluminum rods and steel provide stability.

Aluminum Spiral Plaything

Aluminum Spiral Plaything

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.

TM 2 Sharpie Marker Case

TM 2 Sharpie Marker Case
$45+  Pledge Comment

The Tactical Marker 2.0 or TM 2 is a tough metal case for Sharpie markers. You can even drive over them and they’ll remain undamaged. The carrier comes in aluminum, brass or copper variants and with your choice of a blue, black or red Sharpie.

Aluminum Align Pen

Aluminum Align Pen
$70  Buy Link Comment

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.

Making an Aluminum Foil Sphere

Making an Aluminum Foil Sphere

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.

Aluminum Foil Frying Pan

Aluminum Foil Frying Pan

The Hydraulic Press Channel usually destroys things with their press, but this time they used the tremendous pressure it exerts to smoosh together a giant ball of aluminum foil, then shape it into a usable frying pan.

D20!

D20!
$150  Buy Comment

Pacific Puzzle Works presents an incredibly cool and unusual take on the classic 20-sided role-playing die. This 2″ diameter icosahedron-in-a-icosahedron is milled from a solid hunk of 6061-T6 aluminum using a Matsuura MX-330 5-axis milling machine.

Cool Hand Bolt Action Pen

Cool Hand Bolt Action Pen
$30  Buy Comment

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.

Six Shooter Shot Glasses

Six Shooter Shot Glasses
$33/pair  Buy Comment

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.

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Opener Coaster

Opener Coaster
$25+  Pledge Comment

This smartly designed drink coaster conceals all kinds of openers in its base. It’s got a regular bottle opener, two kinds of twist-off wrenches, and a pry bar for can tabs. Each one is machined from a solid chunk of aluminum, with cork fill on the underside.

Hollow Dice

Hollow Dice
$39+/pair  Pledge Comment

Truly unique six-sided dice which have an open void in their centers. They’re precision machined from anodized aluminum, and weigh just 1.5 grams each. Their unique pip design and balanced weight distribution ensures statistically fair rolls too.

BRNLY SlingPop Slingshot

BRNLY SlingPop Slingshot
$125-$140  Buy Comment

A modern and minimal take on the slingshot. Designer Lucas Burnley’s SlingPop is machined from a single hunk of 6061-T6 aluminum, an extremely durable and lightweight material, and even has a built-in bottle opener. Also available in an anodized black finish.

Deal: SLIM Aluminum Wallet

Deal: SLIM Aluminum Wallet
$26  Buy Comment

This ultra compact wallet will keep up to six payment cards tidy and organized in your pocket, while also blocking out dangerous RFID scanners from stealing your personal data. Made from durable CNC-machined aluminum. Save 13% in The Awesomer Shop.

Casting an Aluminum Skillet

Casting an Aluminum Skillet

Sure, you could go to the store and buy a skillet for about 10 bucks, but you won’t get the satisfaction that Tito4re got when he made his own from scratch, using a sand mold and some molten aluminum. Though he did need another skillet to make the mold too.

Molten Aluminum vs. Water Balls

Molten Aluminum vs. Water Balls

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.

Edge Dominoes

Edge Dominoes
$74+  Pledge Comment

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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Deal: Liquid Co. Essentialist Wallet

Deal: Liquid Co. Essentialist Wallet
$65  Buy Comment

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.

Damico Aluminum Bow Ties

Damico Aluminum Bow Ties
$45+  Pledge Comment

If you’re going to wear a tie, it should be something distinctive. Damico’s laser-cut aluminum bow ties are just that. They come in 11 different designs and five colors, and eliminate the need for tying. Comes in a spiffy wooden box.

Machined Aluminum Dice

Machined Aluminum Dice
$20/pair  Buy Comment

Monopoly is just so much cooler played with dice made out of solid chunks of aluminum. By precisely varying the depths of the pips, each side weighs exactly the same, resulting in fair, perfectly balanced throws every time.

Obtainium Wallet

Obtainium Wallet
$199  Buy Comment

A minimal wallet designed to withstand the elements, the Obtainium can hold a surprising amount of cards and cash, and looks good doing it. Blocks RFID skimming too. Crafted from aluminum, and available in olive, grey or gold.

Knucklecase

Knucklecase
$99  Buy Comment

Let them know you mean business every time you whip out your iPhone 4/4S with this case, machined from solid aluminum. Manufacturer recommends you don’t take it through airport security, though.

WineHive

WineHive
$25-$45+  Pledge Comment

An interlocking set of identical, extruded aluminum rails allow you to create the just the right size wine bottle rack, forming perfect honeycomb shapes as you stack them higher and wider.

Handycan

Handycan

Combining our urge to crush cans with our bare (not bear) hands with smart industrial design, Emami Designs’ Handycan fits human (and bear) hands perfectly, and crushes like an accordion.

newGROWTH LED Lights

newGROWTH LED Lights

Artist Christopher Poehlmann’s outdoor path lighting fixtures mimic organic tree structures and are handmade from brushed aluminum with LED illumination. Available in heights from 2 to 8 feet.

Blackhawk Media Cabinet

Blackhawk Media Cabinet
$1995  Buy Comment

Restoration Hardware rounds out their aircraft-inspired interior collection with this media cabinet, made from aluminum-wrapped hardwood with steel screw accents. Measures 59″W x 20″D x 24″H.

Aviator Wing Desk

Aviator Wing Desk
$2195  Buy Comment

Drawing design inspiration from WWII fighter planes, this unique desk is built from patches of aluminum layered over hardwood, attached with exposed steel screws to simulate rivets.

The Four-Inch PC

The Four-Inch PC
$849+  Buy Link Comment

Created by Xi3 Corporation, this 4-inch aluminum cube contains a fully-upgradeable modular PC. Runs an Athlon 64 X2 CPU, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, and offers plentiful ports.

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