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Awesome Machines

Freeform Bending Machine

Freeform Bending Machine

This impressive piece of computer-controlled machinery from Germany’s J. Neu can take straight pieces of metal tubing, and bend them to its whim. We’re not getting the accompaniment of The Godfather music, but maybe it’s a threat that the machine will bend you like a pretzel if you go against it.

5 Waves Wave Machine

5 Waves Wave Machine

Australia’s Surf Lakes has developed this amazing wave machine that works in concert with man-made shorelines to break waves at multiple sizes and shapes with each pulse, so it can accommodate numerous surfers of different skill levels at the same time. Check out more footage of the machine in action here.

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Car Suspension Stress Test

Car Suspension Stress Test

When you’re inside of a modern car, it’s very easy to take all of its mechanical wizardries for granted. This footage gives you a much better idea of what your vehicle is dealing with under its body, as a specialized rig puts a BMW E39 M5 suspension, wheels, and tires to the test.

LEGO Rotary Engine

LEGO Rotary Engine

Old school Mazda fans will immediately recognize the Dorito-shaped rotor in the image here. For everyone else, what you’re looking at is an approximation of a Wankel rotary engine, built by LEGO machine maker Akiyuki. For a lesson on how the real engine worked, Car Throttle has a nice simple explanation.

The Mask Shooter

The Mask Shooter

Despite the science that proves that wearing masks can dramatically reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses, some people are still refusing to wear them. To solve this problem, engineer Allen Pan decided to build a device that can pneumatically launch a mask onto someone else’s face from a distance.

Factorio 1.0

Factorio 1.0

Factorio is an incredible game about building and maintaining huge factories. After years of development and early access testing, v1.0 is here. You’ll mine for resources, figure out how to make your factories more efficient, and fight off enemies hellbent on their destruction. Grab the trial, or buy the full game here.

MMXS Mini Marble Machine X

MMXS Mini Marble Machine X

Artist Love Hultén pays tribute to Martin Molin and his incredible Marble Machine X project with a miniature, battery-powered version of the programmable, mechanical music maker. Since there are no blueprints for the original, Hultén based his model entirely on available video footage.

Fiber Laser Cutting Demo

Fiber Laser Cutting Demo

Prima Power shows off the power and speed of one of its impressive fiber lasers. Their 6kW Laser Genius slices through sheet metal of varying thickness like a hot, razor-sharp knife through butter. We can’t believe how easily it got through that metal at 1:20. More laser porn here.

LEGO Playing Card Gun

LEGO Playing Card Gun

While it’s not as powerful or accurate as Mark Rober’s motorized playing card thrower, Brick Experiment Channel’s version is still pretty sweet, and was built entirely using LEGO components, giving it double the geek cred. Now we want him to build a version that fires cash… or minifigs.

Vacation Simulating Machine

Vacation Simulating Machine

It’s been a while since we took a proper vacation – especially one on a beach with fruity pineapple and rum drinks, sunshine, and a cool breeze. Perhaps if we had a vacation simulator Rube Goldberg machine like the one that Sprice cooked up, we’d be in a more cheerful and relaxed mood.

The Brick Road Factory

The Brick Road Factory

LEGO Technics expert The Brick Wall is back with another impressive build. This time he arranged a series of multiple machines, which work in sequence to pave a brick road for other LEGO vehicles to drive on. It even lays a gravel foundation and smooths it before neatly placing the bricks.

Lucky Charms Sorting Machine

Lucky Charms Sorting Machine

Only like the marshmallows from Lucky Charms? Well you could buy a bag without the oat bits, or you could do what these guys from Google did, and build a machine that separates them for you. The Teachable Sorter can actually be used to recognize and sort other objects, and you can get the code, 3D files, and build details here.

The Babbage Difference Engine #2

The Babbage Difference Engine #2

Today’s computers are largely solid state devices, but some of the earliest examples of computers were mechanical. In this clip, you’ll get an up-close look at Charles Babbage’s 2.6-ton metal computer, a machine its 19th century inventor never got to see, but was eventually replicated in 1991 to prove that it works.

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Mini Concrete Mixer Coffee Stirrer

Mini Concrete Mixer Coffee Stirrer

Maker W&M walks us through the process of turning a couple of muffin tins into a miniature concrete mixer, complete with a motorized stirrer. Though in this case, its purpose is to smoothly blend instant coffee with water. It probably would make a good hot cocoa too.

Extreme Tank Chair

Extreme Tank Chair

Make It Extreme likes to build all kinds of crazy machines and vehicles, and their latest is pretty awesome. Imagine a motorized wheelchair that drives like a tank, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you’re about to see. For more detail, check out the tank tread and transmission build videos.

LEGO Edible Car Factory

LEGO Edible Car Factory

After building a LEGO Technic-powered machine that cranks out yummy tapas, The Brick Wall an even more whimsical assembly line. This machine not only produces toy cars, but makes them out of carrots and cucumbers so you can eat them after you play with your food.

Bantam Tools Desktop Milling Machine

Bantam Tools Desktop Milling Machine

Bantam Tools‘ CNC milling machine makes it easier than ever to create prototypes right on your desktop. It works quickly and automatically adjusts based on material location and tool length. It can mill a variety of materials including aluminum, brass, steel, copper, wood, and more, with a working volume of 7″ x 9″ x 3.5″.

DIY Firewood Processing Machine

DIY Firewood Processing Machine

Donn DIY and his family used to cut, split, and stack all of their firewood by hand. As necessity is the mother of invention, he built a series of rigs which help automate much of the process, making it faster and more efficient, with much less back-breaking work. You check out all of the detailed build videos here.

Endless LEGO Marble Machine

Endless LEGO Marble Machine

Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks is an expert at building machines using LEGO bricks. In this clip, he shows off a nifty marble machine he created that uses sloped ramps and a motorized elevator to keep the little LEGO basketballs rolling in perpetuity.

How Escalators Work

How Escalators Work

As long as we’re not carrying a heavy suitcase, we generally take the stairs when given a choice. But for those times when you feel like giving your legs a break, the escalator is quite the invention. Jared Owen provides an animated explanation of the inner workings of this engineering marvel that dates back to the mid-19th century.

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Da Vinci’s Drawing Machines

Da Vinci’s Drawing Machines

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Robot Knight – an automaton he created somewhere around 1495, Robotime’s drawing machines use a series of stackable wood cams to create different sketches as you turn their hand cranks. Available in The Gambler, The Slayer, and The Robot designs. Assembly required.

Building a Giant 3D Printer 2.0

Building a Giant 3D Printer 2.0

After building himself an huge 3D printer from scratch, Ivan Miranda thought he could do even better. The new version features a more reliable, and lighter weight bed mechanism, and greater rigidity for the carriage and printer base. The goal is cleaner and more reliable oversize prints, and a machine that’s easier to work with.

LEGO Kinetic Dolphins Sculpture

LEGO Kinetic Dolphins Sculpture

Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks shows off another one of his impressive LEGO kinetic sculptures. This one features a duo of dolphins, each bobbing gracefully in and out of a deep blue ocean. You can grab the parts list and buy the build instructions on Rebrickable.

Noisy Marble Machine

Noisy Marble Machine

Denha shows off a mesmerizing machine that’s designed to produce a variety of soothing sounds as dozens of metal spheres move their way through its maze of metal tracks, spinning wheels, and moving stairsteps. It sounds sort of like a perpetual Pachinko machine.

Mr. Roboto on Floppy Drives

Mr. Roboto on Floppy Drives

“My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain IBM.” Styx’s 1983 track Mr. Roboto represented the pinnacle of overwrought concept rock. Yet there has yet to be a more appropriate song played by Paweł Zadrożniak’s electromechanical orchestra, the Floppotron and its servo-powered instrumentation.

Feel Good Inc. with Marbles

Feel Good Inc. with Marbles

Remix artist William Maranci did a great job combining the warm and inviting sounds of Wintergatan’s musical marble machine with Gorillaz’ track Feel Good Inc. As its musician and inventor cranks it up, Maranci has to fool with the BPM a bit, but that’s part of the fun.

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