In his last Pittsburgh stop, Adam visits Carnegie Mellon University, which offers a minor in making and whose IDeATe network exposes students to multiple approaches to problem solving and cross-campus collaboration. (This series and tour is made possible by The Fab Foundation and Chevron.)
Frank interviews the amazingly talented Pat Magee, who sculpts and builds haunting creatures for films, attractions, and personal projects. We check out some of his original work, including a brilliant costume he made for his twins.
Jen and Norm wrap up the build with the first test of the X-Carve CNC! The controller is put together and plugged into a computer, but getting the machine calibrated will take some fiddling. End mills go flying!
We get up close with the costumes of Ironhead Studio, the specialty costume design and fabrication shop that’s behind the superhero suits you’ve seen in Batman v Superman, Civil War, and more. We chat with Ironhead founder Jose Fernandez about the process of making these suits and the changing textures of superhero fabrics. They’ve come a long way since spandex!
Can the team finish the build by the end of the week? We’re racing against the clock as the X-Carve build reaches its final stages.
We meet artist Simon Lee, whose Stranger Things-inspired sculpture was one of the most striking things we saw at this year’s Monsterpalooza. Frank chats with Simon about how creature sculpting fits into concept design for films like Kong and Pacific Rim.
This week, we talk about Monsterpalooza, Star Wars Celebration, Burger King’s shennanigans, and building an iPhone from recycled parts. It’s two hours of technology, science, pinball, and testing updates! Plus, we catch Jeremy up on Thor and Hulk’s roles in the the Marvel comic and cinematic universes.
Now that’s looking like a CNC mill! The two axes of the machine get their belts attached, and we look forward to the wiring portion of the assembly. Cable management is important here!
Adam tries out lane keeping support, yet another crash avoidance technology available in many vehicles today. Check out more safety info at NHTSA.gov.