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.
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.
When I first saw the Milwaukee M12 3/8” Crown Stapler (2447-21) at the manufacturer’s yearly New Product Symposium media event in June of 2017, it immediately became one of the tools I was most looking forward to using. It’s not the first non-manual stapler to exist, nor the first cordless version to exist, but nevertheless I thought it would be a worthwhile addition to the sub-compact M12 line of tools upon first inspection.
Getting your communications right is critical on any construction site. For effective planning and coordination, for efficient management of different teams and for health and safety, having a reliable means of keeping everyone in touch at all times is essential.
When it comes to cordless power tools, you usually have to make a choice between two things: power and convenience. As technology advances, especially battery technology, the gap is beginning to shrink and smaller tools are becoming more powerful. One of the clear examples of that is Milwaukee Tool’s new M18 Fuel Hackzall, a one-handed reciprocating saw, which was first announced at the manufacturer’s New Product Symposium in June of this year.
There is an opportunity to revolutionize the way we protect construction workers from fall hazards while dramatically reducing waste and inefficiency in the construction industry. The Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ was designed and engineered with feedback from industry experts with one goal in mind: Reinvent the guardrail to eliminate inefficiencies, cut costs, send zero waste to landfills, and improve workplace safety.
If you can believe it, we’re already in the middle of gift giving season as December is quickly approaching. Sorting through dozens of aisles in stores and hundreds of pages on line looking for that perfect gift for the construction professional in your life can leave you confused and frustrated. Construction Junkie is here to save the day with our 3rd Annual Ultimate Construction Holiday Gift Guide. Be sure to check out our 2015 and 2016 guide for additional ideas!
I’ve written about Hand Tool Rescue’s Youtube channel a couple times before and the reason I like it so much is that it’s not only entertaining and therapeutic to watch, it also informs me about tools I never even knew existed.
[sponsored] With the hottest of the summer months behind us, we are moving into the cooler months of autumn on the jobsite. While Helly Hansen is frequently seen on snowy slopes and high seas, their tradition of quality and protection actually originated in premium workwear.
On August 18th, around 200 new tools were showcased at the annual DeWalt Media Event. This particular event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where you can’t escape country music no matter how hard you try.
Below are what we thought were the highlights of the event. Let us know what new release you’re most excited about!