Think that old washing machine in the alley is junk? Just give it to Jeremy Fielding, and he’ll tear it down and reuse its components to upgrade power tools, build clock mechanisms, or even make desk toys. He also builds stuff from vacuums and microwave ovens.
THE BEST Making
Shnatko shows off one of the coolest coffee tables we’ve ever seen. It’s got a matrix of 512 RGB LEDs he’s programmed to display a variety of animations, and proximity sensors which can be used to detect movement and objects, and change the display accordingly.
Sit back and enjoy as Jimmy Diresta uses a slab of damascus steel and sticks of walnut wood to craft a cool cane with a rippled sword blade concealed in its handle. We love the locking mechanism he built, and watching it go from square to round is tremendously satisfying.
While the object being milled serves no purpose other than to show off the precision of its fabrication, we’re still mesmerized as a solid hunk of metal was carved into a tiny desktop sculpture using a Matsuura MX-330 5-axis mill driven by Autodesk’s PowerMill software.
“I designed and printed this nice little blade guide. It’s a little bit short though so I’m going to use this piece of wood to bring up the height.” YouTuber DangerousAndAwesome captures the spirit of the Internet – spending way too much time on something useless.
Those fidget spinner thingies are starting to turn up everywhere, but rather than buy some cheap mass-produced toy, our old pal Engineer BrunS decided to make some of his own. There are few things more satisfying than watching metal shavings go flying as it’s milled.
He’s that ninja! diegator spent about 7 months making a replica of the mask worn by Metal Gear Solid‘s cyborg ninja. The mask has light up parts and its front plates have servos to toggle them open and closed. He’s also planning to make a replica of Gray Fox’s body suit.
Appropriately named metalsmith Alec Steele starts out by welding 31 layers of steel together, then heats and repeatedly hammers them together so many times that he eventually hits one million layers. He later turned the resulting Damascus steel cube into a karambit knife.
Miller Knives walks us through the process of transforming an inert piece of rifle ammunition into another, even more versatile kind of weapon – a pocket knife. Needless to say, unless you’re 100% certain the bullet is defunct, don’t try anything like this at home.
ElectroBOOM needed a vacuum chamber to see if his Tesla coil will still make sparks in a vacuum. But instead of buying one or looking up guides, he decided to wing it. “Sometimes spending money saves you more money and time.” We coulda told you that, Mehdi.
Applied Science shows off a thermodynamic property of rubber bands – that they change in temperature as they stretch and contract, then takes advantage of this to create a refrigerator. It’s not very effective, but still a cool idea. That Shaper CNC router is awesome too.
Corning Museum of Glass shares footage of a machine which produces lightbulbs, as a ribbon of molten glass is shaped through a mix of heat, air, and gravity. The now-defunct assembly line was in an OSRAM Sylvania factory and produced as many as 1600 bulbs per minute.
Since his paper books have been replaced by digital ones, 17-year-old Blake Hawkins didn’t have much use for his school locker. So he built a soda vending machine that fit the cabinet perfectly. It has two dispensers that can hold up to six cans each. Instructions here.
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