• Nov 20th 2008 at 6:57PM
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Click above for high-res image gallery of the American Modular Tooling by PWM

While heading out to our first press conference of the morning here at the LA Auto Show, we spotted this... this... thing. It sort of looks like a car, but is actually an adult Erector Set of sorts. Paul W. Marino Gages (PWM) offers this line of customizable shop benches and tools known as American Modular Tooling. The pieces can be put together in virtually any configuration allowing workers to hold any part in just about any position. It's a pretty cool line and allows shops to build the bench they need for the job, then tear it down and build something different for the next one. It should also help businesses cut down on space and expenses by giving workers a sizable bag of building blocks to work from rather than requiring they buy a new bench or holder for each task. To show off their goods at this year's auto show, they did the natural thing and built what looked like a car out of their parts. If you're interested in this type of equipment (and frankly who isn't?), check out their website and our gallery of high-res images that show their demonstration "car" from different angles.

Live photos copyright ©2008 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool Idea, not as cool in practice.

      At first I thought it was a "Build your own car" Erector set. If it were, I'd buy it!

      • 6 Years Ago
      adult erector....

      anyone else disturbed?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, it's Bin metal?

      How is this new?
        • 6 Years Ago
        exactly what i was thinking. They have this already, its called 80-20 extrusion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Erector Man says use this erector set to make great armatures and sub-structures for your clay and foam models miniature or full size. Create and develop faster simple construction, planet friendly, re-usable, reconfigurable keep creative mind clear for making art not sub structures. Attach wood, styrene, clay, hard foam, or even aluminum. This thing auto levels and can tilt for awesome viewing and raises high for under rocker milling and sculpting. Benches provide repeatable locations remove art and display return for change and re-attach in exact same place. Thank you all for the great opportunity and appreciation hope to see you next year with a new invention from American Modular Tooling. Extra Thanks to Pelly and friends! And all people at PWM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "In the rare event of your erector bench taking more than 4 hours to build, please seek immediate medical attention."

      • 6 Years Ago
      Adult erector set?

      ...OK...we can have a contest with this one...

      • 6 Years Ago
      So, it's pretty much Lego for grown-ups, with steel and real wheels? Kickass.

      The name, though, needs a revision. Even the Isuzu Gige 20 Light Dump has a better name.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I actually might have understood its purpose.
      But what an unfortunate name...
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