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    Combining 3D Printed Models with Laser-Cut Parts

    Sean shares one of his personal projects: a LEGO-inspired computer console that's based off of the classic blue LEGO computer brick. He originally designed it to be purely 3D-printed, but has been experimenting with using laser cutting to replace some of its parts. Here are some of his lessons learned from combining 3D printing with laser cutting on our Universal Systems laser cutter.

    Tested Mailbag: Power Loader LEGO MOC!

    The first mystery mailbag of the new year! Dan Schlumpp sent us a care package with some of our favorite things: custom LEGO sets! We put together his beautiful power loader and Alien queen kit, and Dan has made the build instructions free to download! Find Dan's MOC designs and other LEGO creations here.

    Adam Savage's LEGO Han Solo Blaster!

    Adam adds to his LEGO-themed armory with this replica of Han Solo's DL-44 blaster, built entirely of LEGO bricks. We found these fan-designed kits online, and talk through the build to show some of the clever ways the pieces are assembled to resemble the parts of the iconic Star Wars blaster.

    Artist Jason Freeny on Toy Design and His Anatomical Sculptures

    We catch up with artist Jason Freeny, whose anatomical sculptures we first featured on Tested over four years ago. Since then, Jason has teamed up with the toymakers at MightyJaxx to release a line of anatomical collectibles, including ones inspired by DC Comics characters, LEGO figures, and even mythological creatures. We discuss toy design and what's next for Jason's creations.

    Adam Savage Builds the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V!

    Join us for a special LEGO with Friends! Adam, Norm, and Will work together to build the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V, a massive model that's beautifully designed and structurally impressive. We've been eagerly waiting to build this new LEGO Ideas set since we first heard about it!

    Sculpting a Realistic LEGO Cosplay Mask

    Frank and Norm show and talk through the sculpting process for our LEGO-inspired Creepyfig cosplay. Frank explains how he formed this massive mask and gave it the necessary detail to make the sculpture look like it had a real skin.

    Tested Builds: Real-Life LEGO MiniFig Cosplay!

    Our latest project with Frank Ippolito lives at the intersection of creepy and amazing. For this year's Comic-Con, Frank designed, sculpted, and painted a LEGO-inspired mask, made to look like a real-life version of a minifig. We're calling it the creeppyfig, and it found its way home wandering through Comic-Con's exhibit hall.

    How LEGO Master Builders Design and Assemble LEGOLAND Sculptures

    Wired visited LEGOLAND's model shop and met two of its Master Builders, who design and assemble the sculptures and minifig environments that populate the theme park. What's interesting to me is that there are two techniques to building: the more traditional LEGO creation built to scale for the minifigs (and using creative build techniques to hide studs) and the large-scale sculpture building, which is CAD-assisted. The assembly of the sculpture really happens layer by layer, just like a 3D printer.

    Show and Tell: LEGO Mystery Build #14

    Happy Monday! For this week's Show and Tell, we have another LEGO Mystery Build! Follow along as Norm assembles this custom creation, and place your best guess as to what's being built in the comments below. This figure comes from our friend who works at LEGO!

    Watch This LEGO Sisyphus Kinetic Sculpture

    Jason Allemann has built this beautiful example of LEGO automata: the greek character Sisyphus forever pushing a boulder uphill. The 475-piece kinetic sculpture was inspired by Disney Research's recent paper studying the use of computational design to create realistic character movements using mechanical links and gears. Allemann has also released building instructions for this piece, as well as digital model files! (h/t Gizmodo)

    LEGO Comic Book Covers at Designer Con 2015

    We've seen LEGO mosaics, dioramas, and other sculptures before, but this is the first time we've seen LEGO mixed with another form of art: comic books! At this year's Designer Con, we chat with Brandon Griffith of the Comic Bricks project to learn how he and other LEGO artists have recreated their favorite comic book covers using our favorite building bricks.

    Show and Tell: LEGO Mystery Build #13

    Happy Monday! For this week's Show and Tell, we have another LEGO Mystery Build! Follow along as Norm assembles this custom creation, and place your best guess as to what's being built in the comments below.

    LEGO with Friends: Bonnie Burton, Part 1

    For this week's LEGO with Friends, we're joined by guest Bonnie Burton! Previously at LucasFilm, Bonnie has written several Star Wars craft books and is a regular contributor to CNET and Together, we're going to assemble the massive Avengers Helicarrier set! Follow along with us by signing up for a Tested Premium Membership here! (The first episode is free for everyone, but the rest of the series will be for Premium Members.)

    In Brief: Five Interesting Things Today

    After a week-long exhale from Comic-Con, we're back to a regular schedule and looking forward to upcoming events, product testing, and more projects! Here are some stories currently sitting my browser tabs that I thought were worth sharing. First, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced that he would be spending $100 million over the next ten years to amp out the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. Steven Hawking's on board. I also enjoyed this NPR story about the research into the curious sound of screaming. Windows 10 comes out in a week, and Microsoft has released an invite-only beta of its Cortana app for Android--Arstechnica has tested it. Boingboing's exploration of vintage Star Wars clothing collecting strikes a chord. And the best custom LEGO build in recent memory may be David Szmandra's enormous RC construction crane. "Massive erection" indeed.

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    Tested Goes to Comic-Con 2015!

    We're down in San Diego all week for Comic-Con International! As the doors to the massive convention hall open on preview night, Norm and Will walk through the show floor to check out some of the major booth setups. Awesome collectibles, costumes, props, and LEGO are on display. We'll be filming interviews and project reveals, so stay tuned on Tested for more from SDCC!