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Awesome Machines

How a Coin Counting Machine Works

How a Coin Counting Machine Works

This Cummins Allison Jetsort coin sorter machine can count and separate 10,000 coins per minute, yet its sorting mechanism has just a single moving part. YouTuber Herb-O-Matic shows how its centrifugal action and precision-cut grooves ensure the right coins go into the right slots and bags. Full video here.

Optic Portable Laser Cutter

Optic Portable Laser Cutter

Laser cutters are useful tools to have in a workshop, but they take up a lot of space. Rendyr’s Optic Laser Cutter folds up small when not in use, and its detachable cutting mat means you can cut on top of objects like tabletops for a virtually limitless work area. It has dual laser diodes totaling 15-watts and a built-in filtration system.

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How Factories Make Pasta

How Factories Make Pasta

We know that pasta isn’t good for you, but we can’t resist the occasional bowl of carbs drowned in tomatoes, meat, and cheese. Wondastic Tech put together this satisfying compilation of factories that produce pasta, showing off the different machines used to form shapes like tortellini, fusilli, lasagna, and cannelloni.

LEGO Technic Motorized Press

LEGO Technic Motorized Press

While it can’t keep up with the Hydraulic Press Channel’s 150-ton industrial press, we’re still quite impressed with this LEGO Technic machine which has enough power to juice an orange or flatten a carrot. GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines built this press using Eight Powered Up L motors, 24 actuators, and two Smart Hubs.

Making a Coin Sorter Machine

Making a Coin Sorter Machine

It’s easy enough to build a simple sorter that organizes coins based on size, but Daniele Tartaglia went the extra mile. The maker created an electromechanical coin sorting machine that not only separates and stacks coins based on denominations but counts and totals them as they drop through a curvy maze.

Finger Flick Machine

Finger Flick Machine

Is your finger flick underpowered? Worry no longer! Thanks to The Q, there’s now a solution for weak finger flickers. The maker designed and fabricated a metal cover that gives his middle finger an extra boost of power thanks to a spring-loaded mechanism. This must be killer for paper football games.

Micro-machining a Mountain

Micro-machining a Mountain

As impressive as large-scale milling machines can be, compact machines that can create intricate parts are equally fascinating to us. In this clip, Bantam Tools shows off their Desktop PCB Milling Machine as it carves a miniature topographic map of Washington’s Mount Rainier out of a cube of aluminum.

LathePro Modular Machining System

LathePro Modular Machining System

This modular tabletop machine gives makers the tools they need to drill, grind, saw, turn, mill, and lathe objects. Its tools work with wood, metal, and engineering plastics and is ideal for DIYers. The base kit includes sawing, grinding, and drilling modules, while milling, lathing, and wood-turning are add-ons.

DIY Cupcake Machine

DIY Cupcake Machine

What’s better than a delicious cupcake? A machine that can crank out cupcakes for you on-demand, that’s what. Skeyntific shows off a robotic factory line he built that first pours dough for each cupcake, moves it into a modified microwave for cooking, then applies toppings using motorized caulking guns.

DIY Security Mech

DIY Security Mech

Builder Handy Geng was worried about leaving his uncle alone to watch his workshop, so he did what any mad inventor would and built a mech to help guard the premises. It has caterpillar tracks like a tank, punching metal fists, and water guns which really should have been flamethrowers. English subtitles available.

LEGO Cucumber House Factory

LEGO Cucumber House Factory

The Brick Wall loves to build LEGO Technic machines and factories. This time out, he created an incredibly complicated system that cuts, mills, and assembles a log cabin – only the logs are cucumbers. We want to see it make hot dog houses with mortar made from mustard.

Marble Conjuring Machine

Marble Conjuring Machine

Mathematician Yosuke Ikeda created this tricky machine which uses a mirror to make it appear that there is one more marble on its turntable than there really is. Except when the mirror is moved out of the way, another marble really is there.

Mechanical Man Kinetic Wall Art

Mechanical Man Kinetic Wall Art

Mechanical engineer Kiyoshi Adachi created this wonderful work of kinetic wall art which features a tiny metal man who turns a crank, setting into motion a ballet of spinning gears and dancing rods. Those elliptical gears are especially cool.

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More Mechanical Spiral Drawings

More Mechanical Spiral Drawings

A while back, we shared some works by artist James Nolan Gandy, who uses custom-built machines to create oscillating line drawings on a rotating canvas. He continues to hone his technique, and his more recent drawings are even more impressive. We especially love this rainbow-colored piece.

Suction Cup Picking Machine

Suction Cup Picking Machine

This fascinating factory machine sits along a conveyor belt as it waits for individual items to arrive on the scene. It then lowers a series of suction-powered grippers to grab each one, then shuffles them along to the next stage in the packing process. The video is also perfectly looped, so you can just sit and watch it all day.

How the Enigma Machine Worked

How the Enigma Machine Worked

The Enigma Machine was a cipher device used by Germany during WWII to encrypt and decrypt top-secret communications. Animator and educator Jared Owen provides a detailed look at its ingenious design and how it scrambled and unscrambled letters. Given its complexity, we’re amazed that it was cracked.

Making Glass Soda Bottles

Making Glass Soda Bottles

We’ve taken you inside of a factory that makes plastic bottles, now see how more environmentally-friendly glass bottles are born. New Age Media posted this video of a high-speed production line that takes molten blobs of glass, blows them into molds, then passes them through a series of conveyors as they cool.

LEGO Mashing Machine

LEGO Mashing Machine

While it’s not as powerful as a hydraulic press or an industrial shredder, this LEGO Technic mashing machine from GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines is still fun to watch. It uses a pair of rapidly-moving, angled belts to push objects towards a center bar that smashes things apart.

World’s Largest Rube Goldberg Machine

World’s Largest Rube Goldberg Machine

We’ve seen plenty of Rube Goldberg machines, but this one holds the Guinness World Record for the largest one to date. Chevrolet Menlo, Wang Xiqi, and Guan Jian built the complicated contraption, which takes 427 steps to turn a light on. We’re not sure if it’s physically the largest, but it’s the most complicated we’ve seen.

World’s Strongest Nutcracker

World’s Strongest Nutcracker

Your typical nutcracker does a pretty good job at pulverizing walnut shells. But Shane from Stuff Made Here wanted something that could crack a steel nut, so he put his engineering chops to good use and built this insanely powerful nutcracker that uses gunpowder to chomp down with more force than Jaws in Moonraker.

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Baseball Bat Helicopter

Baseball Bat Helicopter

Inspired by Smarter Every Day’s powerful home run machine, the guys from How Ridiculous wanted to try and beat Destin’s 717-foot batting record. So they teamed up with aeronautical engineering firm Innovaero to a create a batting machine that imitates a helicopter’s rotor blades. This thing is terrifying as it spins up.

LEGO Firewood Factory

LEGO Firewood Factory

LEGO Technic machine expert The Brick Wall created an amazing working sawmill that turns long logs into individual pieces of firewood. The wood is delivered on the back of a LEGO truck, then the factory cuts the wood into smaller logs, then splits them into quarters, ready for lighting.

Pouring Hot Rubber on Gloves

Pouring Hot Rubber on Gloves

We’ve seen the strange but fascinating way that rubber gloves are made. Now watch a less efficient but equally satisfying method that involves pouring streams of molten rubber over spinning hand molds until they’re evenly coated. It also looks like a great way to take down a villain in an action movie.

The Fragility of Complexity

The Fragility of Complexity

Illustrating just how interdependent the world has become, artist Neil Mendoza built The Fragility of Complexity, a motorized, kinetic art installation composed of a row of hammers that rotate perilously close to a series of moving light bulbs. Neil says only a single light bulb was broken during its construction.

Giant Quarry Saws

Giant Quarry Saws

These gigantic circular saws riding on rails and kicking up dust look like something out of a dystopian science fiction movie. In fact, these massive cutting tools are used today to cut blocks of stone in a quarry in China. Here’s a closer look at one of the saws in action.

Glowing Pattern Drawing Machine

Glowing Pattern Drawing Machine

RCLifeOn built a unique drawing machine that creates geometric illustrations on a sheet of acrylic using a fluorescent marker. Bright LED lights help the images glow brilliantly. For now, images must be manually erased between drawings, but they plan on adding an eraser mechanism at some point.

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