Milling A Solid Block Of Steel Into A Mobius Cube With Only One Side

With over 15 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one actually still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself tinkering in the garage.

Because shapes never cease to amaze me, Brandon of the Youtube channel Inheritance Machining milled a solid block of steel into what he’s calling a Mobius Cube — a cube with a single continuous side that can be followed around the entirety of its shape. Is that even possible? Apparently, because at the end of the video, he traces the whole thing with a Sharpie. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me!

The initial uncut steel cube weighs in at a hefty 7lbs 10oz, and after the milling, the Mobius Cube weighs a scant 1lb 1oz. It was not an easy task, and Brandon encountered several challenges along the way, including a break that required welding to reattach. If I had a dollar for every time I broke something and it required welding to fix, I’d be a rich man. A rich man who might be able to afford to fix the things he broke and not just have a bunch of dangerous scrap metal taking up room in the garage.

Next stop: a Mobius dodecahedron! I don’t know if Brandon is taking requests, but I just thought I’d voice mine here in the chance he reads this. Also, a Mobius sphere! I could come up with Mobius shapes I want to see all day, so I hope Brandon has a lot of free time on his hands.

[via TheAwesomer]

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With over 15 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one actually still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself tinkering in the garage.