With so many cool things coming out each week, it can be hard to wade through all the rock-awesomeness. With ‘Cool Tools’, we’ve done the hard work for you.

This week we saw everything from the latest 3D printer offering from Formlabs (spoiler: it’s amazing), a new photo app that lets you create your comics without a Stan Lee-level skill set, a “new and improved” tin can microphone and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Matte Red Type-2L Carabiner


“This matte red custom shaped carabiner features triple integrated key rings…”

Form 2 from Formlabs


“The most advanced desktop 3D printer ever created…”


Seedling Comic Studio


“Create and share your own amazing comic book! Easily mix your own photos with custom backgrounds and stickers from themes like Comic, Pixel, Space and more!”

The Earth by Tinybob


“Dig into our planet and the geological forces that shape it. Trigger earthquakes! Make volcanos erupt! Investigate plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and deposition. Travel across time to see how our home has changed over eons, pre-Pangea to the present…”


Copper Herb Garden


“What’s great about this garden is that the water from the top plants drips into the plants below. I used three glass bottles to collect the drips from the bottom row of plants…”

The New and Improved Tin Can Microphone


“Most DIY enthusiasts who are interested in audio gear are familiar with the standard “tin can mic” (or variations thereof), in which a piezo disc is taped onto the bottom of a tin can and then plugged into a high impedance voltage amplifier, like a guitar amp…”


Medieval Monsters

“The New Forest of England is an ancient world full of medieval monsters – dueling dragonflies, acid-firing ants and jousting stag beetles. Macro, slow-motion and time-lapse techniques were combined with custom-built equipment to reveal these astonishing lives…”

To Scale: The Solar System

“On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.”

And there you have it!

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