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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The AFE-2DC ULTRA CNC sounds like the name of a souped-up droid, but it’s actually a machine designed to do just one thing – bend wires at insanely fast speeds. Watch in amazement as it churns out all manner of shapes in seconds.
Superlegosam wanted a soda machine on his desk, so he did what any LEGO geek would do, and built a fully-functional vending machine using LEGO bricks and an NXT controller. It even accepts coins. He’s also got a candy machine.
This innovative approach to the robotic gripper from Cornell, the U of C, and iRobot uses granular material that flows around a item and conforms to its shape to pick up objects of all shapes and sizes.
In the machine that can print buildings, layers of sand are bound together to create a marble-like material, in effect turning it back into solid stone. The process includes internal curves and ducting.
Designed for eliminating structures in spaces where explosives or wrecking balls don’t make sense, the Husqvarna DXR 310 is a beastly remote controlled hydraulic robot built to perform a variety of jobs.