THE BEST Metal

Fidgetland Bernie

Fidgetland Bernie

Keep your fingers occupied with this different kind of fidget toy. This pocket-sized plaything is made up of multiple metal cylinders which spin around a central ring. Roll its center around the palm of your hand, or play with its individual rollers between your fingertips. Available in four sizes, from 1″ to 1.75″ diameter.

Maratac A/B Cache

Maratac A/B Cache

This keychain storage cache has two sections, so you can store different items in each of halves. It’s airtight, and perfect for carrying pills, emergency cash, or other small items. Internal dimensions are .45″ across, 0.63″ deep on one side, and 0.71″ deep on the other. Available in brass, stainless steel, or titanium.

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XENO K1 Cu Flashlight

XENO K1 Cu Flashlight

Specode’s elegant keychain flashlight resembles a chunky dog tag, and is made from real brass. It packs a 60-lumen CREE XP-G2 LED light source, and is rechargeable via its MicroUSB port. Also available in aluminum.

Machining Metal Pens

Machining Metal Pens

Artist Ilia Gyrevich makes unique and functional objects by machining metal. In this video, he shows off how he creates his EDC pens from brass rods, as the metal shavings fly forth in a most satisfying manner. You can buy his wares from the MachinedGift Etsy shop.

Rainbow Metal Dice Set

Rainbow Metal Dice Set

Upgrade your D&D game with Rainbow Shop CN’s beautiful shimmery electroplated metal dice. Made from zinc alloy, they have a nice heft to them, and you’ll get a full set including D20, D12, D10, D10(percentile), D8, D6, and D4 for all your gaming needs.

Giant Metal Scorpion

Giant Metal Scorpion

The scorpions we encounter here in the U.S. are relatively small, but this oversize metal creature measures 8.25″ long. This awesomely creepy creation is made by Thailand artists Kreatworks using recycled automotive and machine parts. Also, it turns out that there are real scorpions that are almost the same size in South Africa.

Freeform Bending Machine

Freeform Bending Machine

This impressive piece of computer-controlled machinery from Germany’s J. Neu can take straight pieces of metal tubing, and bend them to its whim. We’re not getting the accompaniment of The Godfather music, but maybe it’s a threat that the machine will bend you like a pretzel if you go against it.

Making Cookie Cutters

Making Cookie Cutters

Cookiecutter.com shares a brief look at a machine that transforms rings of metal into cookie cutters. It uses several, hydraulic tools to precisely push the metal against a central form. While the machine is amazing, for some shapes, they still use the old-fashioned method. Wow.

Tiny Tank Stop-motion

Tiny Tank Stop-motion

Time for Machine makes amazing metal and wood models of vehicles. Among them is a tiny tank called the “Marvel.” TOMs Modeling in Motion assembled one of these mini mechanical marvels and captured the build as a time-lapse, stop-motion video. We also enjoyed watching him put together a metal Hindenburg from AEROBASE.

Metal Markers

Metal Markers

Vital Carry has upgraded the classic Sharpie permanent marker by wrapping its ink cartridge in an aluminum, brass, copper, or titanium sleeve. Each one is machined from a solid bar of metal, and the Sharpie insert is replaceable. Laser engraving of up to 10 characters is available as an option.

Aircraft Instrument Coasters

Aircraft Instrument Coasters

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.

Which Metal Is Strongest?

Which Metal Is Strongest?

Between steel, aluminum, copper, and brass, which one is strongest? The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel decided to put each one to the test on their 150-ton press, with some pretty explosive results. We wonder what titanium or tungsten would do under the same forces.

How Heat Sinks Are Made

How Heat Sinks Are Made

Take an up-close look at the surprising process that goes into making the stacked fins of a heat sink. Rather than casting the aluminum cooling device, they’re made by shaving the fins out of a solid block of metal, and bending them into place.

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MezmoTop

MezmoTop

Designed by serial crowdfunder Kristaps Krišjans, this unique spinning top mimics the look of a droplet of water splashing into a pond. Its lower part resembles pond ripples whether at rest or in motion. Available in CNC-machined stainless steel or titanium, polished or matte finish, and with or without a matching base.

Fusion Wallet: Cyberpunk Edition

Fusion Wallet: Cyberpunk Edition

There are tons of wallets to choose from these days, but we’ve never seen one that looks like this. It has an all-aluminum body with an aesthetic inspired by Japanese cyberpunk anime. Each one is made from numerous CNC-machined parts, with exposed Torx screwheads to complete the look. Available in 3 customizable designs.

Making a UFO Gyroscope

Making a UFO Gyroscope

Engineer BrunS is an expert at metalcraft. In this clip, he machines an impressive, smooth-spinning, 3-axis gyroscope toy that looks a bit like a flying saucer. Along the way, he fabricates a couple of simpler spinning tops to tease us, while his buddies pimp a phone for their sponsor.

ToolCart MX

ToolCart MX

Keep all your tools organized and easily accessible with DiamondLife’s 6-foot-tall rolling pegboard rack. It’s made from sturdy metal, and offers up thousands of pegboard holes for hanging tools, along with a pair of shelves with lips to keep gear from falling. Available in various finishes, in 2-foot and 4-foot-wide versions.

The Adamantini Glass

The Adamantini Glass

This cocktail glass is virtually indestructible. The folks at Wolfram Manufacturing individually mill each one from a 25 pound billet of solid 303 stainless steel, resulting in a beautiful, substantial, and quite expensive vessel for your martinis, margaritas, or ice cream sundaes.

Metal Spinning

Metal Spinning

An amazingly satisfying demonstration of a skilled metalworker converting a flat disc of metal into a smoothly curved one, by spinning it at a high speed around a form, then pressing against it with shaping tools. The technique is used to make conical or domed shapes.

Stainless Steel Keycaps

Stainless Steel Keycaps

Add a bit of personality to your gaming keyboard with these cool keycaps. They’re made from metal instead of plastic, giving them a little extra heft and a shiny surface. The letters are allow backlighting to shine through too. Available in WASD, QWERADSF, Arrow, and Escape key sets in several hues.

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Gallium in Slow-Motion

Gallium in Slow-Motion

“It’s like a cross between silver and milk.” Gallium is a pretty amazing element, a shiny metal that melts above 85.57ºF. The Slow Mo Guys decided to play with some of the stuff in front of their high-speed camera, capturing some amazing footage of the metal’s properties when in motion.

G-SHOCK Full Metal Aged

G-SHOCK Full Metal Aged

A special limited-edition version of Casio’s full metal wristwatch. All of the metal surfaces of the GMWB5000V-1 were first hit with a black ion-plate, then distressed to give them an aged, matte finish. Features include 200m water resistance, world time, 5 daily alarms, a calendar, and network time sync via Bluetooth.

Laser Engraving a Disc

Laser Engraving a Disc

Hypnotic and wonderfully-satisfying footage of a high-speed laser engraver rapidly etching an intricate geometric pattern into a metal disc. Z-Tech Lasers‘ video wasn’t sped up either, and was shot in real time.

Machining Darth Vader

Machining Darth Vader

Watch the Dark Lord come to life via modern machining tech, as an Okuma MU-5000V 5-axis mill completes milling a perfect metal bust of Star Wars’ baddie, courtesy of Morris Midwest. We’d love to see the sculpt from the beginning, but we’ll settle for metal Vader on our desk.

Inside a Spring Factory

Inside a Spring Factory

Music label INDUSTRIAL JP presents a hypnotic, close-up look at the metal bending machines at Goko Spring Co. which take spools or stiff wire and convert them into tiny springs. We could seriously put this on repeat and watch it all day long. The track is Goko Bane by Sountrive.

Perfect Fit Metal Art

Perfect Fit Metal Art

Artist Dieter Stahlwerx shows off a couple of his creations – thick metal sculptures which are cut so precisely that their second part nearly disappears into the background as it glides smoothly into place. Second video here.

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