Awesome Machines

LEGO Pinpoint Animator

LEGO Pinpoint Animator

Builder Arthur Sacek created this neat robotic LEGO contraption which can manipulate the individual pins one of those pin art desktop toys to draw uploaded images. Every time it finishes drawing a frame, it snaps a picture to create animations.

The Wake-up Machine

The Wake-up Machine

(PG-13: Language) Some people make us feel unworthy of being in the same species as they are. Then there are folks like Simone Giertz, who makes it a point to develop modest ideas into hilariously mediocre results. If she can be average, then so can you!

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Sandwich Cutting Robot

Sandwich Cutting Robot

This robot has a single task to perform – to cut food into pieces. And that it does. What makes Newtech’s ultrasonic cutting machine so amazing, is that it doesn’t care what angle or position its target enters the conveyor at – it always finds the perfect center.

Multiple Milling Machine

Multiple Milling Machine

Footage of a relatively simple, yet ingenious 4-axis industrial milling machine that can cut, engrave and shape up multiple objects simultaneously. These sort of machines are most often used to make decorative woodwork, furniture legs, or small sculptures.

The Rube Slowberg Machine

The Rube Slowberg Machine

Bob Partington created the world’s slowest Rube Goldberg machine, driven by molasses, a turtle, melting popsicles, and other things that take forever. Thankfully, the tedious 6+ week long process has been reduced to three minutes for your viewing pleasure.

High-speed Laser Cutting

High-speed Laser Cutting

A remarkable look at a fast-moving industrial laser cutting machine as it makes quick, precise work of sheet metal. Watch as the 1000W XT Laser cutter blasts dozens of perfect circles and squares through metal in a matter of seconds.

High-Speed Marble Train

High-Speed Marble Train

JelleKnikkers built this fun take on the model railroad, replacing the train cars with about 30 1/2-inch steel marbles. The track is about 200 feet long, and constructed from LEGO components. The glow-in-the-dark marbles at the end are pretty neat too.

Miracle Frame Repair

Miracle Frame Repair

A demonstration of Power-TEC’s automotive dent repair system which starts out by placing numerous anchors, then uses a special clamp that perfectly straightens out the damaged metal. It’s not meant for structural supports, but the result is still impressive.

Milling a Metal Guitar

Milling a Metal Guitar

Watch in awe as this CNC cutting machine transforms hunks of solid titanium and aluminum into an intricate electric guitar. The 124 piece guitar looks identical to the real deal, though at 15 pounds, it’s about twice the weight of a Fender Stratocaster.

11,000 Marble Machine

11,000 Marble Machine

Jelle Bakker built this 33-foot-long wooden contraption, dubbed “Marble Tsunami,” through which thousands of marbles roll their way to their eventual resting place. We can only imagine how loud this thing is in person.

The Book Rollercoaster

The Book Rollercoaster

Gizmodo writer Attila Nagy takes us behind the scenes of a 3.7 mile-long conveyor system that shuttles books to reading rooms around the National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Here’s a video of a similar system in action.

Incredible LEGO Ball Contraption

Incredible LEGO Ball Contraption

This record-setting LEGO machine was on display at the Brick show last year in London. Made by Maico Arts and Ben Jonkman, the insanely complex build used 88 interconnected modules to shuttle balls from one end to the other.

Impossible Rube Goldberg Machine

Impossible Rube Goldberg Machine

YouTube and Vine trickster Zach King created this wacky video which features what appears to be a typical Rube Goldberg machine, but that has magical powers thanks to the wonders of editing and post-production.

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The Railroad Machine

The Railroad Machine

This incredible machine is the Plasser & Theurer RU 800 S, and what it’s doing is building a railway line by laying rock, beams, and track with minimal human intervention – a once monumental task if you’ve ever seen an episode of Hell on Wheels.

The Mochi Machine

The Mochi Machine

This hypnotic video shows how a modern kitchen appliance can knead a potful of freshly steamed rice into a chewy and delicious Mochi rice ball. We kept waiting for the ball to slither its way out of the pot and start talking.

Amazing Laser Welding Machine

Amazing Laser Welding Machine

This incredible tech from DMG MORI is a single machine that can create metal objects using a process called laser deposition welding, which melts a metallic powder into a desired form. It can then mill the parts to further refine them.

CNC Milling a Bike Helmet

CNC Milling a Bike Helmet

While we’re not sure of the practical uses for a metal bike helmet, we’re still mesmerized by this Mazak Variaxis 5-axis milling machine as it replicates a Rudy Project Windmax helmet from a block of aluminum using PowerMILL software.

Fiber Braiding Machine

Fiber Braiding Machine

This incredibly complex machine takes spools of fiberglass, Kevlar or carbon fiber and braids them together for form a durable composite. Similar techniques are being used to make lightweight automotive and airplane parts.

LEGO Physics

LEGO Physics

LEGO tinkerer Kleinraum42 pitches his idea for a set which encourages builders to create fun interactive machines using marbles and LEGO dominoes (LEGOminoes?) Head to LEGO Ideas and vote to help make it a reality.

Carvey 3D Carving Machine

Carvey 3D Carving Machine

Inventables‘ easy-to-use machine lets you upload designs from your computer and carves objects from a variety of materials. The bundled software can carve and cut in 2.5D, while you can use off-the-shelf CAM software for full 3D objects.

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Machining a Globe

Machining a Globe

In this demonstration for Mastercam, you’ll see a solid cylinder of metal turned into perfectly spherical globe, using a high-speed computer-aided lathe – a machine that delicately cuts away metal as the piece is rotated.

Forklift Lifts Forklift

Forklift Lifts Forklift

A pair of forklift drivers pull a stupidly dangerous, but nonetheless impressive maneuver – with one giving the other one a lift into the back of a truck to help it move its load inside. Apparently this isn’t that uncommon.

Leo’s Fortune x Rube Goldberg

Leo’s Fortune x Rube Goldberg

This impressive Rube Goldberg contraption was built to promote the awesome platform adventure game Leo’s Fortune. With its use of trains, clocks and saws, it does a good job representing some of the game’s levels.

Replicating a Gargoyle

Replicating a Gargoyle

Using Scantech’s SL 3D scanner and a 5-axis Breton CNC machine, they were able to precisely recreate a damaged stone gargoyle from Denmark’s Kronborg Castle. Imagine the work it would have taken to do the job by hand.

Mesmerizing Metal Bender

Mesmerizing Metal Bender

This modern marvel of manufacturing is a Sharpe Nissin CNC tube bender, which spits out a seemingly endless variety of 3D shapes by manipulating metal tubing. It’s also Bender Bending Rodríguez’s great-grandfather.

Hand-Cranked Marble Machine

Hand-Cranked Marble Machine

This flat-packed wooden toy will keep you occupied for hours as each turn of the crank unleashes an endless cascade of ball bearings. Its maker also offers another configuration, and expects them to go on sale soon.

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