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    Making a Large Laser-Cut Dymaxion Globe

    We're enamored by this project by Make Magazine's Gavin Smith: a laser-cut dymaxion globe. After making our own small scale 20-sided globe, we tweak the files to scale up the build on our Universal Laser Systems laser cutter and test using transfer paper to protect our wood sheets from scorching. Find the files for this project on Make!

    Leonard Engelman Gets Our Vote - Episode 74 - 8/18/17
    Today's guest is one of the most iconic and recognized makeup artists in the industry, Leonard Engelman. He has been working professionally for over fifty years and has lent his talent to such films as Rocky, Ghostbusters, Heat and Batman Forever, to name only a few. He has made up some of the most beautiful women in the world inlcuding Cher, Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Faye Dunaway, Julie Andrews and many more. Leonard also gives us some insight into the Academy's selection process for the makeup category, which is fascinating. If you're digging this podcast, please head over to and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!
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    Phil Tippett's Mad God and Lost Star Wars Holochess Figures

    We visit one of our favorite effects shops, Phil Tippett Studio, where Phil is working on his stop-motion passion project, Mad God. Norm and Sean get an update on the status of the film, and stop by the studio's model shop to see how the team there is remaking two figures originally designed for Star Wars' holochess sequence!

    Napkin Ring Problem - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 8/15/17
    Adam, Will, and Norm talk about Adam's recent visit to Jack White's Third Man Records, analog music recordings compared to digital, stories from a space show at our local science museum, and the most recent One Day Build with VSauce's Michael Stevens. Plus, Adam tries to explain the Napkin Ring problem.
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    Laser Cutting the Maker Puzzle, Part 3

    Sean and Norm tackle the third piece of Jen Schachter's maker puzzle design. The theme of this piece is engineering, and Sean picks out some interesting materials to test with our Universal Laser Systems laser cutter to give the puzzle some highlights. Plus, we try a technique to reduce the scorching on the edges of cut pieces.

    Adam Savage and Vsauce's Michael Stevens Build a Kendama!

    Adam is joined by Vsauce's Michael Stevens for a special One Day Build in the cave. Michael has recently taken up playing the Kendama, a Japanese cup and ball toy, and Adam helps make one from scratch that helps optimize his play. This build engrosses both into topics of machining, knot tying, and geometric conundrums. See Adam and Michael this fall on their Brain Candy tour!

    Adam Savage Incognito in the Alien: Covenant Spacesuit!

    In this very special incognito walk through Comic-Con, Adam puts on one of the actual spacesuits from Alien: Covenant! This beautiful suit was made by FBFX, and is packed with incredible detail, digital displays, and lighting that makes it look believable on screen. Of course, we can't help but scrutinize every inch of this suit, from the soles of the boots to the inside of the helmet!

    Building an AMD Ryzen PC for Video Editing!

    Time to build a new PC! Our latest system build tests AMD's Ryzen series of CPUs, putting 8 core and 16 threads toward our video editing workloads. The 1700X processor impressed us for its $300 street price. Norm and Tested's video producer Gunther assemble the PC and put it to work at this year's Comic-Con.

    Tested: Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D Printer

    Sean and Norm review the Lulzbot TAZ 6, a 3D printer with a pretty massize print bed size. We talk about how it works out of the box, features like the self-leveling PEI bed, and the benefits of it being an open-sourced design. But the printer does come at a premium price.

    John Reynold's Oogie Boogie Cosplay Build

    We met Tested viewer John Reynolds at Adam's Comic-Con panel this year--he was the Oogie Boogie cosplayer that asked the last question. John told us he was inspired by Adam's Revenant Bear and Totoro costume builds to make this cosplay, and shared with us some of his photos documenting his own build process along with some commentary. Awesome job, John!

    Adam Savage Records a Song at Third Man Records!

    In Detroit, Adam stops by Jack White's Third Man Records, the first new record-pressing plant in the United States in three decades! In a truly immersive tour, Adam records his Brain Candy song and then follows his record's eventual process from lathe to cellophane. Bonus: Adam also chats with Jack White about how recording this way impacts the creative process!

    Bandai's Perfect Grade 1/72 Millennium Falcon is Gorgeous

    We thought Bandai's 1/144-scale Millennium Falcon was a thing of beauty, but we're awestruck by the amount of detail in the new Perfect Grade 1/72 Falcon we finally see in person. We learn a few interesting bits about this snap-fit model kit from its exhibitor Bluefin, and scrutinize the finished model on display at Comic-Con.

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Excalibur Sword!

    Using the skills he learned from Weta Workshop's master swordsmith Peter Lyon, Adam takes on a One Day Build project he's been waiting to do his entire life: make King Arthur's sword from Excalibur! Follow along with Adam's journey to build a full suit of King Arthur armor, this fall on Tested and VRV.

    UD Replicas' Highly-Detailed Superhero Suits

    We meet up with David Pea of UD Replicas, who makes officially licensed superhero suits that are actually made for everyday active wear. These leather jackets and corsets look like the armor that Batman and Wonder Woman wear, and can actually be work for motorcycle riding.

    Adam Savage Explores David's Lair in Alien: Covenant

    We're behind the scenes during the production of Alien: Covenant, where we step inside the elaborate set created for David's lair. Adam explores the details of this densely dressed set, packed with props and beautiful artwork that we only glimpsed on screen. The amount of work put into this laboratory of horrors is incredible!