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.
THE BEST Machines
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.
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.
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.
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.
It may not play music like Wintergatan’s marble-powered musical instrument, but we still enjoyed listening to the soothing sounds and watching the hypnotic movements of this wooden marble machine, which serves as an example of the modules you can buy from its creator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This bit of geeky fun comes courtesy of builder JohnO3, who created a machine which works like a giant dot-matrix printer. Except in this case, it deposits colorful and tangy Skittles to create its prints instead of droplets of ink. He provided the full build details on Instructables, should you want to build your own candy printer.
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.
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.
From the looks of things, musician, and instrument designer Wintergatan has nearly completed the build of his long-in-progress follow up to his original marble machine. After showing us the amazing marble elevator, he’s ready to play some percussion with the intricate contraption.
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.