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Cloudnola Flipping Out Clock

Cloudnola Flipping Out Clock
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A more compact version of Cloudnola’s flip clock. Like the TextTime, it tells time using words instead of numbers. The battery-operated clock can sit on a tabletop or be wall-mounted. It’s available in white-on-black or black-on-white with a red base. Made from metal with PVC flip panels.

Rynx Mechanical Tube Display

Rynx Mechanical Tube Display

German company Rynx is working on an innovative kind of mechanical signage that display text or numbers on a series of turning rings. They can be used individually or stacked for multi-line displays, and come in white-on-black or black-on-white. They’re taking pre-orders in Europe now with deliveries starting in Q3 2022.

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The 145-Gear Snowflake

The 145-Gear Snowflake

JBV Creative is always coming up with cleverly-engineered machines using 3D printed parts. This fun plaything is made up of interconnected gears arranged in a snowflake pattern, and all of its 145 gears turn smoothly with the turn of a knob on its back. You can purchase the STL files for printing here.

LEGO Orrery

LEGO Orrery

LEGO builder marian519 built this mechanical contraption inspired by a vintage mechanical clockwork. As its crank is turned, it demonstrates the rotational relationships between the Earth, Sun, and Moon. The instructions and parts list for the 2305-piece, 70-gear model are available for purchase on Rebrickable.

Phantasos Triclops Watch

Phantasos Triclops Watch

This unique watch has a three-armed wandering hour display. Each arm has a cylinder that can rotate to show the hour in the top position, while a pointer aims at the minutes along the top edge of the dial. It has a 42mm stainless steel case, a double-dome sapphire crystal, and bright SuperLuminova markings.

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.

Air75 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Air75 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
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NuPhy Studio’s compact 75% keyboard combines the benefits of mechanical keys with a slimline profile. It has an aluminum frame, hot-swappable keys, and RGB lighting. It connects wirelessly via 2.4 GHz RF or Bluetooth and has a wired USB-C port. The optional NuFolio V2 is a foldable case with a tablet and phone stand.

Nested Circle Clock

Nested Circle Clock

Thanks to his Swiss heritage, Alexandre Chappel felt obligated to build a timepiece of some sort. So he set about making a unique tabletop clock that tells time on a series of nested circles. He used a CNC machine to cut all of the wooden gears. He should probably add a pointer, so you know where to look for the time.

Rotar Revolving Watch

Rotar Revolving Watch

Most watches that ToykoFlash sells have digital displays, but the Rotar is pure analog goodness. It tells the time using a series of three revolving discs, which spin into view like the numbers on an old school car odometer. Choose from a black, bronze, gold, or silver face — limited time release price through 10.25.21.

Exploding Circle Machine

Exploding Circle Machine

JBV Creative loves to make unique machines using 3D printed parts. Inspired by a computer simulation of a similar contraption, he created a mechanism that splits a circle into four quadrants, flips them over, and reassembles them with a turn of its crank. You can purchase the STL files at the link.

Hidden Jigsaw Puzzle Table

Hidden Jigsaw Puzzle Table

Jigsaw puzzles can be loads of fun, but they also take up lots of table space. Simone Giertz came up with a solution by designing and building a an overly-complex dining table. Its tambour wood roll-top conceals a jigsaw puzzle compartment that rises like an elevator. That painter’s tape and glue clamp is a neat hack.

Mechanical Prosthetic Hand

Mechanical Prosthetic Hand

Ian Davis needed a prosthetic to replace four fingers on his left hand. Rather than purchase a commercial model, he engineered an awesome metal hand that looks like something straight out of The Terminator. It’s capable of opening, closing, splaying its fingers, and makes satisfying sounds as it flexes.

Different But the Same: City in the Forest

Different But the Same: City in the Forest

NY firm Breakfast has carved out a niche, building interactive displays that use electromechanical flipping discs to display images. Among their installations is this ultrawide variant with woodgrain and mirrored surfaces that reflect people’s silhouettes as they walk by, revealing similarities in human behavior.

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Restoring a Parking Meter

Restoring a Parking Meter

With the advent of pay stations and mobile parking apps, meters are becoming a rare sight. But these coin-collecting dinosaurs still have some neat mechanical bits worth exploring inside of them, as Rescue & Restore shows as they down a 1960s Duncan meter and makes it like new again. That shiny red coat is a thing of beauty.

Japanese + Chinese + English Typewriter

Japanese + Chinese + English Typewriter

With just 26 letters in our alphabet, English speakers have it easy. When it comes to Japanese and Chinese, there are literally hundreds of characters. In this video from Typewriter Collector, they show off a rare Toshiba typewriter that can type in all three languages. It uses a spinning drum on a moving carriage to select letters.

The Mini Mutoscope

The Mini Mutoscope
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Created by Tentacle Media Ltd., the Mini-Mutoscope is a 3D-printed replica of a 19th-century mechanical flipbook. The display works like an animation flipbook, only its movements are smoothly controlled by a crank. It holds up to 42 squares that you can load with your own animations, or one of the samples provided by Tentacle.

Making Working Doc Ock Arms

Making Working Doc Ock Arms

In the world of Spider-Man, Dr. Otto Octavius (better known as Doc Ock) has been augmented with a set of mechanical tentacles he uses for nefarious purposes. JLaservideo teamed up with a few internet friends to design and build a working tentacle backpack, and then gave it mind-control capabilities.

Wooden Car with Working Odometer

Wooden Car with Working Odometer

Generic Woodworking has built some pretty amazing mechanical wooden models, including a drill-powered wooden car, complete with a working engine, transmission, and steering. He recently upgraded the car with a functional odometer, which can track the distance that its wheels have traveled. See it in action at 10:55.

Transforming LEGO Technic Car

Transforming LEGO Technic Car

Motorized LEGO cars usually drive in a straight line, or maybe can turn left and right. But Konstrakt Abstrakt designed this unusual Technic vehicle that can reconfigure its four motors and wheels to maneuver into tight parking spaces. You can find the full parts list on Rebrickable.

Making a Cardboard Transmission

Making a Cardboard Transmission

V. Idea is an expert at building mechanical things out of cardboard, popsicle sticks, and hot glue. Watch them put together a fully-functional model of a 6-speed manual transmission with a working gear shifter. There’s no clutch pedal though.

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Deep Space Resonance Watch

Deep Space Resonance Watch

Luxury watchmaker Vianney Halter designed this incredible 3-axis tourbillon, inspired by astrophysics. Under its domed crystal is an intricate mechanism that rides on a pair of synchronized balance wheels, encircled by a time display. Just two of these timepieces will be made each year, with a price tag just under $1 million.

Sprok-It Fidget Machine

Sprok-It Fidget Machine

Works by Solo’s fidget toy is handmade from 26 components, including bike chain, custom-cut sprockets, and bearings to create a unique metal plaything. Its two gears can rotate independently, and move smoothly so you can get some speed going. See how it works and how the design came together in the video clip.

3D-Printed Expanding Mechanism

3D-Printed Expanding Mechanism

In the 1800s, an engineering reference book showed off a pulley design that could expand its size. Angus of Maker’s Muse wanted to see if he could replicate the part using 3D printing, and along the way found a different use for it, and incorporated the mechanism into a nifty looking puzzle box.

Benny the Astronaut Training

Benny the Astronaut Training

Real world astronauts are subjected to intensive training, including time in a centrifuge that creates intense G-forces. It’s no different for LEGO astronauts, as the Brick Experiment Channel attached the minifig Benny the Astronaut to a motorized rig, then spun him up to 5000+ RPM. A spinning camera monitored his condition.

Cryptic Auto-Calendar

Cryptic Auto-Calendar

Inspired by two previous Instructables projects, maker Wolspaw came up with the idea of building a truly unique calendar. Their machine uses a series of three rotating gears to display the current day and date, which appear as if by magic out of a bunch of seemingly random symbols.

Drop+OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX V3

Drop+OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX V3
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Hop on the ultra-compact bandwagon with this minimal mechanical keyboard. The kit comes with an anodized aluminum case, brushed stainless steel top plate, a programmable PCB that fits Cherry MX or Matias/ALPS switches, and looks fantastic with the optional Acute keycap set ($30). Note: switches and keycaps not included.

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