Everybody gets pretty psyched about the idea of bigger and stronger construction materials and equipment, but, I’ve got news for you, smaller materials are pretty cool too. Mad 3D printing scientist Lance Abernathy recently completed a series of fingertip sized power tools that actually work, but now a different genius has created building materials that match their size.
Mini Materials is a manufacturer of miniature CMU blocks, bricks, wood 2x4s, and pallets, which are all 1/12th the size of the regular sized versions. Used for either modeling or just for fun, Mini Materials can ignite your inner creativity of hobbyists and professional builders and designers alike.
The made in America product is made with real cement, so it looks and feels like the real thing. No word yet on the actual compressive strength of the materials, though, so we wouldn’t suggest substituting this stuff on your next build. The company does also offer a tiny container of mortar to adhere the blocks together, so you can build a decently strong model for your desk. Or, just use the pallet as a coaster and the blocks for paperweights.
You can currently purchase sets of the mini materials on the manufacturer’s website. A pack of 4 CMU blocks in $5.99 and a pack of 50 is $29.99. Miniature pallets start at $5.99 for one and $14.99 for a set of 5.
If you’re so inclined, you can even mix your own concrete and use the silicon molds that Mini Materials also offers and make your own CMU block. The company created the video below to show you how to do so.
Each year, Milwaukee Tool invites members of the media to join them at their annual New Product Symposium (NPS). At NPS, the company shows off most of the new tools they will release throughout the year and shares their most exciting news. At last year’s event, Milwaukee previewed that big things were planned for the 2018 show.
Did they deliver? We were in attendance at NPS 2018 just a couple weeks ago to find out. Below are the what we thought were the 7 biggest storylines of the even...
Last week, Milwaukee Tool hosted their annual media event, the New Product Symposium (NPS), at which they offer sneak peaks of all of the new tools they’ll be releasing throughout the year. The biggest news of the show was the release of their new M18 12.0Ah battery, which uses new 21700 cells and is more powerful and efficient.
In the ever evolving power struggle for the major tool manufacturers, converting users to their personal cordless battery powered platform is paramount. With new battery technology hitting the market, we’ve seen tools that we never imagined would ever be able to be run off of a battery platform even outperform their corded version. DeWalt has recently made another huge advancement in battery technology with the announcement of a new 12.0Ah battery.
Construction workers rely on power tools to do their jobs every day. Working with power tools is also inherently dangerous, but compounding that risk with a manufacturers defect could be a recipe for disaster. Product recalls on tools, thankfully, don’t happen very often, but it’s extremely important to find out about them before you put yourself at risk for potential injury.
Avenger Work Boots, by Footwear Specialties International (FSI), was a brand that I was previously unfamiliar with until the company reached out to me to do a review of their product. The Avenger brand is FSI's outdoor construction work boot category, which they say focuses of extreme affordability, high quality, and comfortability. When asked what differentiated the brand from other manufacturers, FSI told me that their boots "come with more features and benefits for the dollar, than any other shoe."
Over the years, the World of Concrete has become one of the premier construction events across the country. The name may make you think it’s strictly related to concrete, but the truth is that anyone in the industry can find value in attending the massive event. Each year, the Most Innovative Products featured at the World of Concrete are chosen and Hanley Wood, a construction information and marketing company, recently announced the winners.
Caterpillar, a company known for their rugged heavy construction equipment, made headlines in the construction technology world in 2016 when they released the first ever smartphone with a built-in thermal imaging camera, the CAT S60. The company announced on Thursday that its ultra-rugged flagship smartphone would be getting an upgrade with the upcoming release of the new CAT S61.
At Milwaukee’s New Product Symposium in June of 2017, the company then showed their commitment to the 12-volt platform with the announcement of the Generation 2 M12 Hammer Drill and Impact Driver. The hammer drill and impact driver were since released in January 2018 and we’ve had the opportunity to test the tools for ourselves. The drill/driver is yet to be released as of the publish date of this article.
At the World of Concrete 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bosch unveiled a world’s first in the form of their 15-Amp Corded GSH27-26 Brute Turbo Breaker Hammer with integrated GPS tracking. While many tool manufacturers have begun adding Bluetooth technology to tools, like Milwaukee’s One-Key and DeWalt’s Tool Connect, there is a limit to what Bluetooth can do. Mainly, the user has to be within about 100 feet of their Bluetooth enables tool to be able to use any of the features.
Caterpillar, one of the giants of heavy construction equipment, was founded in 1925. In their 93 years of existence, they have never manufactured a utility vehicle. That is, until last week.