This CNC-machined aluminum building block from Gundae Productions is a great gift for LEGO fans. The block is roughly twice the size of a standard 4×2 LEGO brick, measuring 2.5″ wide. It’s not designed for a tight fit though, so consider it more of display piece than something you’d build structures with.
GT Scientific CNC machines pen holders from aluminum and applies Cerakote thin-film ceramic coating to give them color and a protective outer layer. Each of its four openings has a Delrin liner to protect writing instruments. They offer a special deal on imperfect ones if you want to save a few bucks.
Building full-size rockets typically requires the creation of costly custom tooling. But Relativity Space is taking a different approach to the problem, using a giant 3D printer and additive manufacturing to melt and form aluminum into the shape of a rocket. Veritasium takes us inside of their facility for a look at how it works.
The Ridge offers its slimline aluminum wallets with laser-engraved topographic maps of some of America’s greatest travel destinations. The RFID-blocking wallets use an elastic strap to hold up to 12 cards and comes with a detachable money clip. Designs include Zion’s The Narrows, Oahu’s North Shore, and Yosemite’s Half Dome.
Dango’s latest storage cache is small enough to carry on your keychain, your wrist, or a lanyard. Its long and skinny proportions make it ideal for small screws, toothpicks, or matchsticks. It’s made from 6061 aluminum and is waterproof and food-safe. It comes in satin silver or jet black. Inner dimensions: 2.5″L x 0.25″D.
Bridge City Tool Works’ tiny triangle is a great addition to any craftsperson’s arsenal. The anodized aluminum tool makes 90º and 45º marks and is also great for squaring tight corners, like inside of a drawer. Its detachable foot is held on with three strong magnets and can be adjusted for left- or right-handed markings.
This minimal wallet consists of an anodized aluminum plate and an industrial-strength O-ring. It provides easy access to cards and cash, holding up to 16 cards between its two sides. Its center cutout isn’t just for looks – it’s a bottle opener. It also includes an RFID blocking card to protect your credit cards.
TA+d designed this elegant set that includes an aluminum writing instrument that slides into the body of a matching three-sided ruler. The ruler has a carabiner hole at one end so you can hang it from a bag or belt loop. Choose from metric or imperial rulers and a Pilot FriXion erasable pen or a 2mm mechanical pencil.
Designed by Oskar Zięta and inspired by Gio Ponti’s 1957 Superleggera chair, the Ultraleggera currently claims the title of the world’s lightest chair. It’s made from aluminum and has a laser-perforated seat and backrest that keep its weight to a minimum. Despite weighing just 3.65 lb, it’s been tested with loads topping 2600 lb.
Wallet maker The Ridge now offers a duo of high-end pens designed for durability and utility. These perfectly balanced precision writing instruments are CNC machined with a knurled textured grip and come with a long-lasting pressurized refill. Choose from black anodized aluminum or titanium in a natural finish.
By moving their bolt-action mechanism to the middle of the case, GPCA was able to outfit their pens with a 100 dB survival whistle. They also feature a tungsten glass breaker, and their grips are marked for impromptu measurements. They come in four finishes: aluminum Space Silver or Jet Black, and titanium High Polish or Dark.
True Utility’s Cash Stash capsule is designed to carry a single note of paper currency on your keychain. It’s made from anodized aluminum and features a waterproof “O” ring seal and an internal clip to secure your bill. Its exterior features embossed grip surfaces for easy opening and closing.
Nitecore’s tactical pen features a bidirectional bolt-action mechanism. Flip it one way to expose the writing tip, and the other direction to reveal a self-defense / glass breaker tool. Its body is made from CNC-machined aluminum alloy in a black finish, while its tool tip is made from tungsten steel.
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 0.25″ or smaller rope or paracord.
Sure, you could go with one of those newfangled Ring video doorbells, or you could go old school and put a knocker on your door. Etsy shop Skulls4All sells these cast aluminum skull door knockers that are sure to scare off any unwanted solicitors who show up at your door.
Upgrade your keyboard with this custom-made space bar from Holyoops. It’s made from CNC-machined aluminum with backlight cutouts. Comes in black/orange, white/orange, and purple/green color combos. The 6.25U keycap is compatible with standard Cherry MX switches. They also make a matching Escape key.
Grovemade presents a new version of their handy Desk Tray. The latest version offers 45% more storage space, with four compartments for storing small office supplies. It features an aluminum base and a machined cork interior, in natural or dark, dyed with Japanese calligraphy ink. A great companion for their Wood Desk Shelf.
Most soap dishes are made from plastic, ceramic, or wood. But we dig the more substantial look of Lukas Alberts’ soap dishes, which are machined from metal with strategically-placed ridges to keep soap bars from getting soggy. They come in solid aluminum or copper, both of which will oxidize and patina over time.
If Dango’s EDC Tray is too big for your bedside table, or you need to expand its storage space, the Side Tray is a great spot to dump the gear that’s in your pockets. The cast aluminum tray measures 8.39″ l x 7.24″ w and has anti-slip rubber feet. Available with or without the protective DTEX pads.
The Backyard Scientist conducts another ill-advised and dangerous experiment by loading himself and a bucket of molten aluminum into a cherry picker, then ascending to 50 feet before pouring the metal into an aquarium on the ground. We’d like to say this was for science, but it’s clearly just for the spectacle.
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.
Aluminum is one of the world’s most recyclable materials. It can be melted down over and over again without degrading. So it’s no wonder soda, and beer cans are made from the metal. In this older clip from How Its Made, they visited a factory that stamps and shapes aluminum into cans millions of times a day.
Created by WynLABS, this minimal metal pen features a design that lets you see into its middle. Its split body is machined from a single block of aluminum, with a springy sidebar that uses gravity to drop its refill into place. It comes with a Fisher Space Pen refill for writing in any conditions.
These unique metal dice from AKO have a modern look while incorporating a texture inspired by a dragon’s scales. Instead of round dice pips, numbers are represented with lines that mimic a dragon’s claw marks. They’re machined from aluminum and come in five colors. A 10-dice set includes a case/dice tower combo.