Inspired by the tiny plastic helmet on a LEGO minifig knight, maker agepbiz wanted to see if he could make himself a version that he could actually wear. He took close up photos to guide the creation of a 3D model, then gradually upsized the design it to a whopping 2020% to render its components on a 3D printer.
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We love furniture that folds to get out of the way when not in use. In this video from builder Izzy Swan, he shows off a wall-mounted Sapele wood cabinet that unfolds into a small table. The items stored on its shelves stay flat as the table is extended, and he says it’s sturdy enough to hold a 5-gallon bucket of water.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, a morning star is one of those ancient weapons that’s basically a spiky metal ball on a stick. It’s definitely not something you’d want to ever encounter on a battlefield. Though this teensy version that Koss Workshop made from a ball bearing and some screws is a little less deadly.
Discovery UK digs into the How It’s Made archives for this brief look at the process that goes into creating traditional magnets. After melting a cocktail of various metals in an electrical induction furnace, the fiery metal is poured into sand molds, then cooled, separated, and charged with multiple electromagnetic fields.
If you’ve ever walked through an outdoor sculpture garden, you’ve probably seen sculptures that move when the wind blows. Artist Anthony Howe is known for creating kinetic sculptures like these. In this video, he provides a glimpse into the painstaking process that’s involved in making these dynamic and precise works of art.
The pulp that goes into making paper comes from trees. But there’s a big difference between the way a paper mill churns out bleached white sheets, and the steps required to make paper from scratch. How To Make Everything walks us through the process. It took about 28 hours of labor to produce their first crude sheet.
Most airplanes run on some kind of fossil fuel. But physics expert Tom Stanton recently built an airplane that runs entirely on compressed air. The model plane is based on the diaphragm air-powered engine that Tom previously built, and its fuel tank is an ordinary plastic soda bottle.
While it’s possible to build a hubless bicycle, it’s a mechanically complex feat. Builder The Q came up with a different approach that does away with spokes, replacing them with thick polyacrylate sheets. We’re not sure how durable they are, or how they affect ride quality, but it’s a really cool look.
In today’s work-from-home world, having a good desk is a must. You could buy one, or you could do what HomeMadeModern did and build one to your own exacting specifications. We love how Jessie incorporated walls and sound-deadening felt to make it her own. We’d probably do corkboard for tacking up notes.
Woodworker Frank Howarth likes to celebrate Christmas by making his own ornaments. This year, he took some wood from a maple tree and turned it into a segmented sphere on his lathe. He then used his CNC mill to cut the “X” pattern into it. The 6″ wood ball has a smaller wood ball inside that makes a rattling sound.
If you want an impressive work of glass art, you turn to Jack Storms, but his works take months to complete and cost thousands. After seeing one of Jack’s amazing Spectrum Cubes in Guardians of the Galaxy, ResinAce tried to approximate the effect using resin and dichroic film. It’s not as intricate as the real deal, but still very cool.
New York City sees many of its stop signs and other street signs vandalized or stolen each year. Between replacements and other projects, the Department of Transportation’s Queens sign shop makes over 100,000 new signs each year. Insider takes us inside the facility for a look at the work that goes into this laborious process.
Last Christmas, maker Jiří Praus decided he wanted a unique ornament. So he set about building a light-up sphere that can display colorful patterns. He built the orb using meticulously-soldered brass wires, 194 individual RGB LEDs, and an ESP32 microcontroller. Check out the full build details on Instructables.
After playing around with the insane 100,000 lumen Imalent MS-18 flashlight, the guys at The Hacksmith wanted to see if they could make something even brighter. Using 300 ultra-bright LEDs, they created a giant, blinding light that kicks out more than 1.4 million lumens. It isn’t particularly portable though.
The stuff in Spider-Man’s web-shooters is strong enough to hold his body weight as he swings from building to building. While we wouldn’t trust hot glue to do the same, we still wouldn’t want to be a criminal on the business end of Joel Creates‘ web-slinger, which can even be worn while pulling off Spidey’s acrobatics.
What you’re looking at here isn’t a real robot, it’s a really impressive costume, built by artist XiaoQianFeng. She created the wearable mech outfit for her brother using wire mesh, paper mache, cardboard, wood, and if you can believe it, ceramic tile. The finished costume is too heavy to move around in, but it looks amazing.
If you’re going to park your butt on an outdoor bench in the winter, it can be a jarring experience. HomeMadeModern wanted to improve upon the basic design, so he embedded a heated rubber mat in a DIY concrete bench. Heated seats are great in cars, so we imagine they’d be just as pleasant outdoors.
Maker Ivan Miranda’s electric off-road vehicle is built more like a tank than a skateboard, riding on motorized, 3D-printed tracks instead of wheels. The drivetrain engineering is impressive, but is it powerful enough to climb a hill while he’s riding on it?
A truncated icosidodecahedron is a polyhedral shape made up of hexagonal, decagonal, and square faces. Maker Michael Mikkelson shows how he made one of the polygonal globes from laser-cut birch plywood, 3D-printed connectors, and 360 screws. Up for the challenge? Head to Instructables for the full build instructions.
Most books have covers made from thick paper, though you might find some vintage ones made from wood. What you won’t find are any books with covers made from cast aluminum. Black Beard Projects teamed up with Nerdforge to create just that, and the result is a impressive work of readable art. Watch part two here.
You’d think that creating a badge for a car would be no big deal, but in the case of UK luxury automaker Aston Martin, every little detail matters. Car fanatic Mr JWW visited Vaughton’s, the factory where they meticulously create each badge, and got to help make a custom badge for his special-edition DBX Q SUV.
You know we love a good flashlight around here. While we’ve seen lots of really slick production models, we have to hand it to M.N. Projects who built their own custom flashlight by machining billet aluminum, then outfitted it with a super-bright 30W LED and three lithium-ion batteries. They even etched their own circuit board.
Among his many creations, Paul from Jackman Works has made some ridiculously large hand tools. Now, to show off his new X-Carve Pro CNC machine, he built a pair of giant hands. We were hoping he might try and use them to pick up his oversize tools, but they seem pretty awkward to wield given their weight.
A few years back, Nike made a working version of its MAG sneakers from Back to the Future II. After a couple of guys from Hacksmith Industries figured out that their leader might not know how to tie his own laces, they engineered a pair of self-lacing Vessi sneakers which are a bit more subtle in style than the ones from the movie.
You’d think that slicing up resin blocks filled with nails on your table saw and then grinding them down on a lathe might be a bad idea for the well-being of your tools (and your body), but that didn’t stop maker R Humphrey from testing out the idea. The resulting bowl he created has some really cool textures and patterns.
Maker Ross The Random loves to turn ordinary items into works of art. In this video, he shows us how he transformed a simple brass bolt into a shiny metal phoenix through a series of heating, bending, hammering, filing, and cutting with basic hand tools.