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The Department of Miniature Marvels can’t stop grinning at the sight of what might just be the world’s smallest working drill, aka the cutest power tool we’ve ever seen. This incredibly itty-bitty creation is the work of Lance Abernathy, a maintenance engineer from Auckland, New Zealand who’s had a life-long fascination with tiny things. Abernathy used a 3D printer to create this cordless drill, which measures a mere 0.67 inches (17mm) tall, 0.27 inches (7.5mm) wide and 0.5 inches (13mm) long. It holds a twist drill bit that measures 0.02 inches (0.5mm) long. Click here to watch a video of the world’s smallest drill in action.

Here’s how Abernathy described working on such a tiny scale:

“It took me 3 hours to solder and try and squeeze [all the parts] in. The wires kept breaking off when I was trying to connect them and it was a nightmare trying to hold them in place and try to not short the battery. I have seen claims of the world’s smallest cordless drill and I know mine is smaller but it’s not a confirmed claim.”

But wait, this little drill isn’t going to be the world’s smallest for very long. Abernathy is already working on an even smaller version using an even tinier battery than the one pictured above.

Head over to 3D Print to read more about this terrifically tiny project.

[via Sploid and 3D Print]