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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.

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.

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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.

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?

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.

Nextool Pallas Tactical Pen

Nextool Pallas Tactical Pen

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

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.

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Cork Disc Chair

Cork Disc Chair

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

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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Six Shooter Shot Glasses

Six Shooter Shot Glasses

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.

Opener Coaster

Opener Coaster

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

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

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.

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.

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