Tools That Rule: 13 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Adjustable Ratcheting Socket Tool

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Designed by a mechanical engineer and inventor, this multi-tool features auto-adjusting jaws that apply force on a fastener’s faces rather than their corners, reducing likelihood of damage. The handles can also be locked into place after adjusting the size so you can ratchet with one hand.

Bone Hammer

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The structure of this hammer is modeled on that of real bone to save up to 60% in material and weight while maintaining durability and strength. It can be reproduced using a computer, SLS machine and a medium like steel powder, making it possible to create all sorts of tools with a similar makeup.

Vector Scissors: Cut a Straight Line

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Sometimes the most useful tweaks are so incredibly simple, we can’t figure out why someone else didn’t already jump on it. Take the vector scissors, for example: a simple ledge along the top part of the handle rests upon a table surface to ensure that you cut a perfectly straight line. You can also cut a right angle without measuring by using the corner of a square table as a pivot.

Interactive Measuring Implement

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Measure all sorts of two- and three-dimensional objects using lasers with this handy tool, which displays the measurement on a transparent OLED screen as well as visualizing them in a CAD drawing. The display will also show you where you’ve placed the  measuring instrument in relation to the measured object to make sure you’re getting an accurate read.