Fabricator Brian Oltrogge walks us thorough a truly modern process for casting a custom hammer. He used a 3D printer to generate patterns, hand-sanded and smoothed the parts, then used them to make sand molds for its aluminum handle and lead head.
If you’ve been to Japan, you’re probably familiar with the Shinkansen, duck-billed bullet trains that zip around the country at speeds up to 186 mph. In this fascinating clip, go inside the factory where the body of the N700-series train is built from reinforced sheets of aluminum.
Beyond Object’s sculptural metal writing instrument is the perfect pen for fidgeters. One of its sections is misaligned by default, and must be rotated back into position in order for the pen’s tip to emerge. Choose from champagne, gunmetal grey, rose gold, or silver.
These beautifully-crafted metal chopsticks offer substance and permanence, while nodding to tradition with their bamboo-inspired form. Each one is molded from pure titanium, which won’t rust, and is resistant to germs. Available in black, silver, grey, or gold.
Built from aircraft-grade aluminum, this sturdy modern wallet holds up to 8 cards while offering quick access using two handy thumb slots. There’s also a stainless steel clip for bills, and the whole thing is RFID shielded to protect cards from being scanned by thieves.
Jayden’s Apple makes nifty brass stencils that are perfect for sketch notebooks. The designs include arrows, flourishes, lettering, plants, speech bubbles, and more. The Journal Essential stencil kit includes elements for drawing checklists, calendars, circles, and grids.
The perfect gift for aviation fanatics, this set of round nickel coasters features images of four critical instruments from an airplane cockpit – the turn indicator, the attitude indicator, the heading indicator, and the altimeter. Backed with felt to protect your coffee table.
Engineer BrunS takes his metalworking skills to the world of Fallout, meticuously crafting this bronze, duralumin, brass, ebonite, and luminofor model of the Red Rocket from the wasteland’s #1 diesel fusion filling stations. Available from his Etsy shop for about $500.
GrimWorkshop makes lots of nifty stainless steel tools that you can fit in your wallet. Among the mix is this spear you can assemble onto the tip of a piece of bamboo or other wood using string or wire. They also make a set of 12 arrowheads which work similarly.
These palm-sized, flat-pack metal models require patience and attention to detail to assemble, but the result is well worth the effort. Choose from Millennium Falcon, R2-D2, AT-AT, X-Wing Fighter, TIE Fighter, Imperial Star Destroyer, and Vader’s TIE Fighter kits.
Designer and fabricator Chaz Capobianco shows off a nifty creation, a large, flat spiral cut from a sheet of aluminum, which produces mesmerizing patterns as its center is moved about. It’s sort of like giant, flattened Slinky, and so much cooler than a fidget spinner.
A clever take on the classic Solo cup design, Fred’s whimsical stainless steel 16 oz. cup has a shiny gold-tone finish that will make all your buds with cheap red plastic cups jealous. Also available in rainbow anodized or copper-plated finishes, the latter being perfect for mules.
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.
For Inventables’ fidget spinner challenge, Giaco Whatever decided to see if he could make one that could float in mid air. After a bunch of experimentation, he was able to get it to work by placing it between two opposing magnetic fields, and spinning it for stabilization.