Awesome Machines

Massive K’nex Ball Machine

Massive K’nex Ball Machine

K’nex fanatic Austin “Austron” Grainger shows off his latest build, an enormous ball machine made from over 115,000 pieces and more than 850 feet of track. It’s installed in the lobby of The Works Museum in Bloomington, Minnesota. It’s not quite as big as his record-breaking machine, but it’s the largest one that’s currently standing.

Human Claw Machine

Human Claw Machine

Claw machines look like fun until you realize that they’re all rigged to keep you from getting the good stuff. Perhaps that’s why this dad decided to build his daughter Clara a very special claw machine for her birthday – one where the little girl IS the claw, and can grab whatever she can as a winch dangles her over the prize pit.

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Controlling an Excavator with LEGO

Controlling an Excavator with LEGO

The LEGO Technic Control+ app lets you remotely control motors and other components using your phone. To prove its muscle, LEGO and Sariel’s Workshop teamed up to see if they could use it to control a real Liebherr 9800 excavator using only the parts from the Technic version. Behind-the-scenes video here.

Pool Party Machine

Pool Party Machine

This nearly 9-minute long chain reaction contraption from Sprice Machines and his pals features a hypnotic, yet needlessly complicated series of ball bearings, dominoes, blow dryers, and other random household objects work in concert to kick off the ultimate Rube Goldberg pool party.

How Pumpkin Seeds Are Harvested

How Pumpkin Seeds Are Harvested

We always assumed that the way they got seeds out of pumpkins was to scoop out the meat for things like canned pumpkin, then separate out the seeds. But from the looks of this video, pumpkins are smashed by machine right out of the patch, simply to extract the seeds. The process seems wasteful, but it’s still interesting to watch.

ANYmal Wheeled Leg Robot

ANYmal Wheeled Leg Robot

Engineers from ETH Zurich and the CERBERUS team worked together to create ANYmal, an autonomous robot which has wheels at the ends of its legs, making it capable of moving quickly, and negotiating over difficult terrain. Its moves kind of remind us of the wheelers in Return to Oz, but not as creepy.

Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube Floats

Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube Floats

After wowing us with his self-solving Rubik’s Cube, maker Human Controller takes things to another level by making his miniature puzzle machine magnetically levitate while solving itself. We’ve been assured there are no visual tricks here.

The Walking Chair

The Walking Chair

If there’s one thing you can count on Burning Man for besides sand in every orifice of your body, it’s crazy machines. Among the weird and wonderful creations on display during the desert event last year was Zenichi Works’ Playa Crawler, a crazy chair with motorized Strandbeest style legs to move it along the ground.

Heavy Milling

Heavy Milling

There’s something oh so satisfying about the piles and piles of twisty shavings being left behind by these giant Seco Tools face milling blades as they take a 4′ x 6.5′ hunk of steel and transform it into a smoothly polished block ready for use.

Candy Baller Machine

Candy Baller Machine

We always thought that round candies were made using molds, but it turns out some of them are made by spin-carving spheres from a rod of sugar, like the ones shown in this video from candy machinery maker Loynds. We want to see a Bingo ball picker that works this way.

FLUX 1440 Clock

FLUX 1440 Clock

Artist Felix Vorreiter’s unusual timepiece uses a single, long piece of string that feed through a series of pulleys. The rope is marked with dots which align to display the current time. The current clock only has 120 minutes of string, as it would take about 4000ft to cover a full day.

Making a Slingshot Trebuchet

Making a Slingshot Trebuchet

A while back, Tom Stanton built a cool working trebuchet, but even though it was much smaller than the ones used in battle, it still wasn’t exactly portable. So, Tom set about building a pint-size version that can be used like a slingshot. We’re thinking it would be perfect for flinging wadded up paper at officemates.

Top-down Demolition

Top-down Demolition

In order to safely tear down the defunct Mülheim-Kärlich nuclear power plant, demolition crews installed a remote-controlled excavator machine at its top, which gradually nibbled away until its height was lowered from 531 feet to half its height. The remaining structure was brought down by breaking its supports.

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High-speed Meat Slicer

High-speed Meat Slicer

Next time you go to the deli and it takes them 5 minutes to slice your meat, ask them to replace their machine with the TEXTOR TS700-UB. This industrial slicer spins up to 2000 rpm, cranking through pepperoni, bacon, and other meats, and neatly stacking them in the process.

Scrap Yard Machine Marvels

Scrap Yard Machine Marvels

Mr Machines compiled this footage of high-power demolition machinery as it rips apart industrial equipment for scrap. The part where it tears up the red truck like a dog with a chew toy is especially impressive, as is the bit where one cuts through steel beams like snapping twigs.

Machining a Titanium Lion’s Head

Machining a Titanium Lion’s Head

The Titans of CNC: Academy rightfully brag about their electronic machining equipment and skills by transforming a hefty 218 pound billet of aerospace grade titanium into a stunning sculpture of a lion’s head. In the end, they milled away over 100 pounds of material to reveal the metal king of the jungle.

LEGO Hay Baler 2.0

LEGO Hay Baler 2.0

After building a LEGO Technic machine that could bale hay back in 2017, The Brick Wall decided it was time to build a version that could create squared-off bales. The new machine offers impressive engineering, and is accompanied by a wagon for stacking and transporting bales.

Adam Savage’s Sweet Cream Machine

Adam Savage’s Sweet Cream Machine

As part of a campaign for Starbucks, Adam Savage was asked to help build excitement for their Nitro Cold Brew coffee. Naturally, Adam couldn’t resist doing something overly dramatic, and built a liquid nitrogen-powered engine for delivering a sweet cream topper. Disclaimer: This is not how Starbucks makes theirs.

Chain Reaction Tape Dispenser

Chain Reaction Tape Dispenser

This ridiculously complicated Rube Goldberg machine from DaksDominos uses dozens of ping pong balls, Hot Wheels tracks, string, dominoes, toilet paper rolls, plastic cups, glass bottles, and popsicle sticks to perform a simple task – dispensing a length of Scotch tape.

LEGO Technic Bridge Builder

LEGO Technic Bridge Builder

Wolf Zipp shows off his working scale model of the SLJ 900/32 Wowjoint, a machine used to transport and place large sections of bridges. it has pneumatic lifts, wheels that can drive in any direction, and a cantilever system for crossing bridge pillars. It’s not fast, but it is impressive.

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How a Bowling Alley Works

How a Bowling Alley Works

Ever wonder how the machine at the bowling alley resets pins so quickly after they’re knocked down, and how the ball gets back to you? The appropriately named Matt Bowlin explains how all the systems work together to get you ready for your next frame.

The Most Satisfying Video

The Most Satisfying Video

Digg compiled this sequence of various activities which are particularly enthralling to watch, from an artist twirling hot glass, to a baseball being crushed in slow-motion, to an endless model railroad. We’ve seen many of them before, but it’s fun to watch them back to back.

The Claw Machine

The Claw Machine

Chain-reaction machine builder Sprice Machines’ latest overly complicated setup starts out with a set of chattering teeth, and along the way features penguins on a escalator, and a variety of ramps and other tricks, all contrived to provide his dog Ramen with a squeaky toy to play with. The fail footage at the end is fun to watch too.

Inside a Spring Factory

Inside a Spring Factory

Music label INDUSTRIAL JP presents a hypnotic, close-up look at the metal bending machines at Goko Spring Co. which take spools or stiff wire and convert them into tiny springs. We could seriously put this on repeat and watch it all day long. The track is Goko Bane by Sountrive.

How to Open Chupa Chups

How to Open Chupa Chups

When we want to crack into the delicious lollipop treat known as Chupa Chups, we just usually tear into the wrapper by hand. But it can be a bit frustrating at times, so Japanese YouTuber なんとか重工 (Somehow Heavy Work) turned to an industrial lathe to handle the task for him.

LEGO Zoetrope

LEGO Zoetrope

LEGO expert Sariel shows off one of his neatest creations yet, a motorized mechanical zoetrope, which displays an animation when you look through the slits at the posed minifigs as they whiz by inside. A cool spin on a classic moving picture device.

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