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Mechanical

LEGO V-8 Engine

LEGO V-8 Engine

This intricate, pneumatic-powered LEGO Technic model built by Huib van der Hart replicates the inner workings of a V-8 engine – and is nearly as loud as one – so you might want to turn your speakers down for this one.

LEGO Rollercoaster

LEGO Rollercoaster

Brickride’s impressive build uses 100% LEGO components to create a fully-functional rollercoaster, complete with a loop and a corkscrew. See a time-lapse of the build here. Check out one of their earlier coasters here.

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Kinetic Creatures

Kinetic Creatures

Inspired by the Theo Jansen’s incredible Strandbeests, these die-cut cardboard animals have legs that can actually walk when your turn a crank. A motorized option is also available, so your menagerie can actually walk on their own.

Porsche Engine Teardown

Porsche Engine Teardown

A look at the mechanical wonders of a Porsche Carerra 3.2 Engine as told through a time-lapse of an old engine being torn-down for restoration over the course of three months by Hoing Motorsports. Shot by Filmkooperation.

Amazing LEGO Engine

Amazing LEGO Engine

Obsessive LEGO builder Solde created this palm-sized replica of the 4A-GE engine found in Toyota’s MR2, complete with working timing belt, crankshaft, pistons and throttle. We’re guessing it doesn’t really make those sounds.

LEGO Axle Sorter

LEGO Axle Sorter

While we’re not sure how often you actually need to sort LEGO axle pieces, we’re still blown away by this mesmerizing mechanical marvel, built by LEGO-maniac Akiyuki, using just a single drive motor.

Useless Machine: Advanced Edition

Useless Machine: Advanced Edition

YouTuber forn4x turned a broken printer into something even more useless (and infuriating). A useless machine with not one, not two but eight switches. At this point it’s almost useful for exercise.

Singing Bird Automaton

Singing Bird Automaton

The House of Automata has a growing collection of recovered and restored automatons like this 120-year-old singing bird contraption. Sounds kind of like an early prototype for a car alarm.

Wrought Iron Machines

Wrought Iron Machines

An incredible demonstration of the mechanical blacksmithing marvels built by Germany’s Hebö Machines, capable of twisting, turning, bending and texturing metal in seconds.

Massive Mechanical Hand

Massive Mechanical Hand

Ivan Owen built this mechanical prop hand which can mimic the movements of the wearer’s hand. You can custom order one over on Etsy. He’s also working on working prosthetic fingers for amputees.

DaisyCutter Pendant

DaisyCutter Pendant

This pendant is the bomb. RogueDZN’s DaisyCutter is a mechanical marvel. Inside its shell is a set of four titanium micro turbines, spinning at up over 10,000rpm. Coming in 2013, limited to 20 pieces.

Gustav Hoegen’s Animatronics

Gustav Hoegen’s Animatronics

The mindbending 2012 showreel of animatronic effects and prosthetic makeup artist Gustav Hoegen, whose creations can be seen in movies and tv series including Prometheus and Doctor Who.

Walking Paper Robot

Walking Paper Robot

Countless precisely-cut strips of paper and tiny gears comprise this amazing mechanical marvel – a biped robot assembled entirely from paper, a few wood dowels, and powered by rubber bands.

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Hyper-Matrix Cube Wall

Hyper-Matrix Cube Wall

An incredible feat of engineering by Korean artist JônPaSang, this matrix is comprised of thousands of styrofoam cubes which move in and out to form images. Also serves as a huge projection screen.

K’NEX Skee-Ball Machine

K’NEX Skee-Ball Machine

Shadowman39 sure has a lot of K’NEX (and time on his hands), as he managed to build a full-scale, fully-functional Skee-Ball machine using only the plastic construction toys (and a few rubber bands.)

Complex Rube Goldberg Machine

Complex Rube Goldberg Machine

We’re not sure this is largest Rube Goldberg machine, but it’s definitely the most complex – built by Purdue engineers with 300 steps to achieve its goal of blowing up and popping a balloon.

Steampunk Corkscrew

Steampunk Corkscrew

Rob Higgs knows how to open a bottle of wine like a boss. Using hundreds of bronzed metal springs, gears and other parts, he built this incredible machine to uncork and pour a bottle of wine.

Shredding Engine Blocks

Shredding Engine Blocks

Watch (and cringe) as this Hammel Red Giant shredder makes mincemeat out of some engine blocks. If we ever encountered the Terminator in a back alley, this is the machine we’d push him into.

Urwerk UR-1001 Pocket Watch

Urwerk UR-1001 Pocket Watch

Urwerk puts an unusually intricate mechanical movement in this modern take on the pocket watch, offering measurements in intervals from 1 second to 1000 years. Limited to just 8 pieces.

Rube Goldberg Photobooth

Rube Goldberg Photobooth

Alex Crawford and Austin Nelson perfectly capture the spirit of the Rube Goldberg machine, creating the most ridiculously convoluted method of snapping an instant photo of themselves.

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John Nolan’s Animatronics

John Nolan’s Animatronics

(NSFW: Brief Nudity) Last we saw from animatronic wiz John Nolan, he made a mouse pump iron. Check out more of his mind-blowing and creepy mechanical creations in his latest showreel.

Autumn(atic) Calendar

Autumn(atic) Calendar

Created as a promotional gimmick for STIHL leaf blowers, Euro RSCG Dusseldorf built this wall calendar that automatically sheds each day by dropping its pages to the ground like falling leaves.

Homebrew Fire-Breathing Dragon

Homebrew Fire-Breathing Dragon

Created by Tony DeRose and his two sons for the upcoming Maker Faire, Saphira is an 8-foot tall metal, mechanical, fire-breathing beast. Now, that’s some dragon breath. (Jump to 2:50 for fire!)

Devon Works Tread 1 Watch

Devon Works Tread 1 Watch

This high-tech timepiece features a motor and belt-drive mechanism and a rechargeable battery that can be juiced up wirelessly. It’s also bulletproof. Ships later this year for $15k.

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