Ryan Kothe’s animated short, “Worn Out,” shows objects seemingly disintegrating before your eyes. I thought I spied some telltale Dremel marks in some of the shots, but I can’t be sure. How do you think this short was made? Post your theories in the comments. [via Core77]

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • http://twitter.com/wikkit Ben Brockert

    With the parallel grooves and big shavings I’d guess a bastard file.

  • http://spokehedz.clavid.com/ Alexander

    My bet is on a rasp-style file. The marks in parallel at the end gave it away for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13748811 George Hadley

    An important note in the video, it lists the materials for the pencil as lead, wood, and paint coating. You’d need to hunt down a pretty old pencil to get an actual lead pencil (I think)

    • http://twitter.com/Kaithar Kaithar

      Pencils have never contained actual lead, just a material that looked a bit like lead.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1478043713 Caleb Jamison

        Similarly, it labeled a lid as being made of tin, it was almost certainly al.

  • John Edgar Park

    Pretty sure he uses mind bullets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=768213146 David Moore

      That’s telekinesis, John.

  • http://twitter.com/gordonthree Gordon McLellan

    fantastic macro photography, I really enjoy the super narrow depth of field. I suspect some sort of manual hand tool over a power tool, due to the fact the disintegrated bits aren’t disturbed very much. a rotary cutting / grinding tool would be blasting them all over the place

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IKARP4PG7HEXNRGR2EP6US2YNE Dennis Cluett

    Checkering file or a Rasp I would say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Rennalls/1756885016 David Rennalls

    Rotary file or rasp?

  • Anonymous

    Manual rasp or vixie file is my vote. Dremel isn’t possible due to excessive flingage that we don’t see here.

    And a great deal of patience. All my time lapse movies are just fast motion timed sequence shots of normal speed folks doing stuff. Props dude.

  • Machinebot

    One word- Gremlins….

  • http://profiles.google.com/makerdino Dean Segovis

    I found this short video very mesmerizing! I wish it was longer… inspiring and nicely done!

  • Triacron

    probably sandblasting… ???

  • Anonymous

    Try running it backwards

  • http://twitter.com/migpics migpics

    Actually this was filmed by simply placing different materials on the stage, letting them come together through the use of magic, and then playing it backwards to make it look like things were falling apart. :)

  • Anonymous

    Cheese grater!

  • Anonymous

    The rasp sounds right, but all mine have the teeth offset to prevent the parallel trenches that show up in this fine short film. And the trenches appear deeper than the ~1mm teeth of a coarse rasp. It really looks like a dinner fork, or a car key, but it could just be the first row of a rasp. The swarf looks right for one.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wdancer Wayne Dancer

    A wire wheel on a drill would do this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/seb.modio Samuel Beeker

    I’d say dremel tool

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513878140 Michael Carlyle Shank II

    I like the guess of wire wheel on a drill, but how about a weed whacker? Or what if the wire wheel only had one thin “spoke” of bristles to make it more weed-whacker-esque? Then the film could actually be shot in realtime, by matching the frame rate of the camera to the RPM of the drill or weed whacker, taking an image every moment that the “spoke” is out of the frame.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X2FBLC25M74MOWNLR4HNUTMMBA Tommy Phillips

    At least one of the shots made me pretty sure it was a Surform rasp … but it may have been different tools in different shots, depending on scale and material.

    I do think a motorized tool would have spread fragments more than most of the items seem to show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.lorraine Rob Lorraine

    This video may be of interest (or at least the end of it).