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17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube Disassembled

17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube Disassembled

Cube puzzle guru Tony Fisher decided to see how the insane 17x17x17 Yuxin Huang Long puzzle is put together, so he cracked it open to reveal the thousands of pieces which go into its assembly. Now it’s a whole new kind of puzzle to try and put it back together.

A Mechanical Digital Watch

A Mechanical Digital Watch

Watchfinder & Co. provides an up close look at one of the cooler wristwatches out there, the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk, which features a numeric display, but uses a mechanical movement to flip its digits. Also, we’ve been using the word “digital” wrong all this time.

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Bonbon Flip Sofa Bunk Bed

Bonbon Flip Sofa Bunk Bed

The cushions seem a bit on the tall side when used as a couch, but we’re still impressed with the engineering behind Bonbon’s convertible piece of furniture that goes from sofa to bunk beds in just seconds.

Gyroscopic Grill

Gyroscopic Grill

We’re not sure that spinning around your food on multiple axes like this helps it cook any faster or more efficiently, but you’ve got to hand it to whoever built this crazy grill has a creative mind and masterful build skills. Video via Weber Foods.

Insanely Complex Puzzle Box

Insanely Complex Puzzle Box

A demonstration of a ridiculously complicated wooden puzzle box, which requires numerous maneuvers such as rotating and sliding boxes in and out, and twisting keys and knobs to unlock its deepest compartment. We’d love to see a build video of this thing.

Time 4 Machine Metal Models

Time 4 Machine Metal Models

We’ve seen metal miniature kits before, but never ones like these. Time 4 Machine’s big selling point is that their detailed models are mechanical. The wind-up cabrio and tank actually drive, the clock tells time (for an hour), and you can actually play the table hockey game.

Flop Good Inc.

Flop Good Inc.

There’s something about the high-pitched sound of the scannner stepper motor that suits itself so well to Gorillaz Feel Good Inc., it now takes its place as our favorite cover track from Paweł Zadrożniak’s electromechanical orchestram, beating out The Final Flopdown.

The Astro-Skeleton Clock

The Astro-Skeleton Clock

This could be the most complicated clock ever built. We cannot imagine the engineering involved in getting all of its gears, pulleys, and pendulums to work together to tell time. Mark Frank and Buchanan’s masterpiece has been under construction for over a decade.

LEGO Game of Thrones Red Keep

LEGO Game of Thrones Red Keep

Beyond the Brick shows off Claus-Marc Hahn’s astounding model of the Red Keep from Game of Thrones. He used over 125,000 bricks, and a multiple EV3 servo motors to mechanize the build, so the whole thing turns, its towers move up and down, and their cupolas spin.

Open/Closed Sign

Open/Closed Sign

A thorougly clever design for a sign which can transform from reading “open” to “closed” while fully concealing the letters which are currently not in use. You can download the designs to 3D print your own over on Thingiverse.

Working LEGO Piranha Plant

Working LEGO Piranha Plant

Fans of Super Mario Bros. will immediately recognize this obnoxious bit of vegetation as a Piranha Plant. Jason from JK Brickworks brought the creature to life in mechanized LEGO form, complete with a motor drive to pop the plant up and down from a pipe as it chomps its jaws.

Literal Rock Band

Literal Rock Band

Mechanical object designer and inventor Neil Mendoza created this machine, which uses a variety of mechanisms which make music using rocks. Some are fired at aluminum keys, others smack into marble, and yet others are slapped with leather to produce notes and rhythms.

Overhauling a Pentax

Overhauling a Pentax

Let’s observe Halifax, Nova Scotia shop Camera Repair Centre Ltd. delicately disassemble, clean, and reassemble the intricate mechanisms and delicate wires inside an old Pentax K1000 35mm camera. Isn’t everything better set to In the Hall of the Mountain King.

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Marble Operated Door Knob

Marble Operated Door Knob

Paul Myers designed this replacement interior door knob which can only be opened by dropping a marble into its top. It’s made from 3D printed PLA, Airsoft and skate bearings. You can pick one up in his Etsy shop, Beta Things. We dig his business card embosser too.

Citadel K’NEX Ball Machine

Citadel K’NEX Ball Machine

Behold, Shadowman39’s mechanical masterpiece. The appropriately-named Citadel is an imposing K’NEX great ball contraption that splits into 17 different paths. Shadowman says it took him a total of 1 year to finish, mostly building on the fly. More here.

Mechanical PONG

Mechanical PONG

It took quite a bit of planning and engineering prowess, but the end result of Daniel Perdomo’s recreation of Atari’s arcade classic PONG as a game played with mechanical paddles and ball cube is quite impressive. (Thanks Philip!)

Divide by Zero Error

Divide by Zero Error

Even today, computers error out if you try to divide a number by zero, but check out what happens with this old Facit ESA-01 mechanical calculator when posed with that mathematical conundrum. We’re assuming the death spiral was only ended by unplugging the cord.

Mechanical Techno

Mechanical Techno

Artist Graham Dunning demonstrates how to replicate sounds normally created with synthesizers and digital equipment, instead using a turntable, vinyl records, and mechanical and electrical devices in their place. The whole thing gets pretty bonkers by the end.

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 fornax turned a broken printer into something even more useless (and infuriating), a useless machine with not one or 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.

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