Latest StoriesInside Adam Savage's Cave
    Adam Savage's Large Vacuum Forming Machine

    Adam wipes the dust off of his old large vacuum forming machine and uses it for an ongoing Apollo spacesuit project! Here's a primer on vacuum forming and how it's been used in special effects and prop-making. Adam's machine has a few quirks, so let's see how it performs!

    Ask Adam Anything #9: Working Music

    This week, Adam answers a question about what music he listens to in the cave while he's working on projects. Adam digs up his current favorite playlist and runs through some of his favorite songs and artists. If you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below! (Music recommendations as well.) We'll be back next week!

    Premium: Adam Savage in Conversation with Neill Blomkamp

    Along with the Alamo Drafthouse theater in San Francisco, we hosted a screening of one of our favorite films: District 9. After the screening, Adam interviewed director Neill Blomkamp on stage to talk about the making of the film, his design aesthetic, and what kind of projects he's interested in working on. (This full interview is available for the Tested Premium Member community now, and will be released later on YouTube. If you haven't joined the Tested Premium Member community, you can do so right here.)

    Ask Adam Anything #8: From Shop to Kitchen

    While cleaning up after a One Day Build, Adam answers a question from the Premium Member community about how his shop organization and philosophy translates to other work spaces, like the kitchen. If you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below! We'll be back next week!

    The Martian Spacesuit Project: Patterning

    Adam takes the patterns and reference photos from The Martian spacesuit and brings them back to the cave to begin work on his replica. The next step is transferring the patterns onto sturdier materials and making detailed annotations about where each piece fits in the costume. (If you haven't joined the Tested Premium Member community, you can do so right here.)

    Ask Adam Anything #7: Asking for Help

    Adam answers a question this week about at which point of a project he thinks about asking for help. It's an important question, since asking for help is something Adam has been grappling with his entire life. How would you answer the same question? And of course, if you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below! We'll be back next week!

    Adam Savage Mini Science Fair Project

    In honor of the 2016 White House Science Fair, Adam spotlights some counter-intuitive science, demonstrating how an acorn-shaped object can roll evenly -- just like a ball bearing! Find out more about #WHScienceFair here!

    Three Cool Viewer Executions of My Builds

    I've been doing my One Day Builds on Tested for a few years now. I love the builds (obviously); I also love sharing the stories of the builds. In a cool development I didn't expect, I'm seeing more and more people using Twitter and Facebook and other social media to share their builds inspired by what we're posting on Tested.com.

    I guess I could have anticipated it but honestly I didn't and it's one of the coolest things I could imagine. It's a grand conversation. I'm going to start highlighting some of these builds. When I complete something, I kind of put it out of my head. Like it's a solved problem I no longer need to think about.

    But seeing new approaches to the same problems I'm solving -- different materials, methods and inventive new techniques -- gives me something extra. It widens the scope in my head about what's possible. So keep sharing! I get a lot out of your inventiveness.

    Here are three cool executions.

    Adam Savage and Simone Giertz Make a Popcorn Machine

    This very special One Day Build is an international collaboration with the newest member of the Tested family! Simone Giertz is an amazing maker who builds mesmerizing robots. To build her latest machine, she chats with Adam from her home in Sweden to design a mechanism to deploy popcorn from a helmet. Adam builds some parts in the cave using his trusty vacuum-form machine!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Filing the Files

    This mini-build is actually a pre-build of sorts. In preparation for an upcoming One Day Build, Adam spends a little time in the morning building a new plywood box to organize his mill file collection. The files are taken out of drawers and put in a new system for first-order retrievability. It's time to file the files!

    Adam Savage Incognito as Comic-Book Hellboy!

    For the inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con, Adam wanted to do something special for his incognito cosplay: he walked through the convention as the comic-book version of Hellboy, having first cosplayed as the movie version eight years ago. Watch Adam transform into his favorite comic character, carrying a prop he made in a recent One Day Build!

    Ask Adam Anything #5: Teamwork and Criticism

    This week, Adam takes a question about how to best work in team environments where members may be critical of your work or overly protective of their own ideas. It's an important discussion! If you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below! We'll be back next week with another question answered!

    Adam Savage Answers Questions at Silicon Valley Comic Con!

    Adam attended the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con this past month, hosting several panels and walking the convention floor in costume! In this panel, he fields questions from fans, sharing stories from Mythbusters, discussing prop making, science education, and many other topics!

    Adam Savage's Bridgeport Mill Upgrades!

    In the short time since Adam has received his new mill, he's already been making custom upgrades to integrate it into his shop workflow. Here's a tour of the upgrades installed so far, what's in progress, and how having a mill changes the way Adam things about designing his builds.