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Titanium

Roland Iten's Calibre R822 'Predator' belt buckle: Significantly better than a piece of st...

Roland Iten attacks the problem of holding trousers up with a vigor and ingenuity that has to be seen to be believed. His pieces are as much mechanical jewellery as they are clothing, made with intricate mechanisms, exotic materials and the finely detailed machining of a Swiss watch. Pretty much everything this guy makes will secure a trouser with tactical precision. If you see a man wearing a Roland Iten belt buckle, and his pants are down, that's no accident. You can be damn sure those pants are down for a reason, and you'd better plan your next move accordingly.  Read More

A 3D printed titanium implant has replaced the heel bone of a 71-year-old cancer  (Photo: ...

Slowly but surely, 3D printing is working its way through the human anatomy, replacing infected jaws, cancerous vertebrae and deformed hips in a procession of world-first medical treatments. The latest body part to be ticked off the list is the heel, putting a 71-year-old cancer patient who was facing an amputation below the knee back on his feet.  Read More

The Dive Master 500 Titanium anniversary edition chronograph is limited to a production ru...

Twenty five years ago this year, Victorinox branched out from the manufacture of Swiss Army knives into watchmaking, and to celebrate the occasion the iconic company is launching a limited Titanium edition of its Dive Master 500 divers watch. The new watch brings a mechanical chronograph movement to the collection, and features a generous helping of luminous markers in two different colors.  Read More

The MX-6 Evo mountain bike, sporting its 3D-printed titanium frame

When it comes to a high strength-to-weight ratio, titanium is just about the best material out there for manufacturing bicycle frames. Unfortunately, those frames are also quite expensive. They could be about to come down in price, however – two British companies recently teamed up to create the world's first 3D-printed titanium bike frame.  Read More

The all-titanium Gittler Guitar

Back in January, the beautifully minimalist Gittler Guitar made its public debut at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. Little more than a long rod topped by 31 rounded frets with built-in electronics, the all-titanium guitar has now launched on Kickstarter ahead of its first production run in December.  Read More

CSIRO printed a set of four bespoke racing horseshoes in a few hours

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has created a set of bespoke titanium horseshoes for a Melbourne race horse using additive 3D printing. According to CSIRO, this is a first for horse racing and demonstrates the potential for the technology.  Read More

A high purity titanium bar (Photo: Heinrich Pniok)

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) have been selected by ARPA-E, the US government's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, to carry out a one year project aimed at developing a low cost method to obtain titanium metal from its ore. It is thought that the process could lower the cost of the metal by up to 60 percent.  Read More

The Repair Rebel features 24 built-in tools

Last month, we heard about a quirky little multi-tool known as the Ringtool. True to its name, it’s ring-shaped, and features nine tool bits built into its outside edge (it also has a bottle opener in the middle). While it’s proven fairly popular in its Kickstarter campaign, some people just might not be satisfied with 10 tools. If you’re one of those people, you might prefer the circular 24-tool Repair Rebel.  Read More

The Titanium Escape Ring has a hidden extra -- a stainless steel multi-tool designed to he...

We're entering James Bond territory here. The Titanium Escape Ring is a simple ring with one key difference. Hidden within its band is a stainless steel multi-tool which boasts a tiny saw and shim that could be used to cut through cable ties or pick locks.  Read More

The titanium-clad Cathedral of the Northern Lights (Photo: Adam Mørk/schmidt hammer lassen...

On Monday, international architect schmidt hammer lassen announced the inauguration of the Cathedral of the Northern Lights in Alta, Norway, some 500 km (311 miles) inside the Arctic Circle. The metallic spiral form of the building, actually clad in titanium, almost resembles a piece of industrial rather than architectural design.  Read More

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