In this tale from the cave, Adam recaps a recent weekend project: rebuilding his lathe’s three-jaw chuck as part of an ongoing process to maintain, restore, upgrade, and organize his workshop toolset. Let’s hear him evaluate his process disassembling and cleaning the lathe chuck as shown through timelapses Adam filmed and close-ups to the reassembled part. Let’s chill and watch Adam get to work!
This week, we take a look at two VR games: the upcoming Phantom: Covert Ops and the just-released Spaceteam VR. Here’s how Phantom: Covert Ops works as a stealth action game where you move around the world in a virtual kayak. We paddle through the first part of the game to get a sense of its unique gameplay and comfort level. Plus, Spaceteam VR may be just what we need in a VR party game while we’re all stuck at home!
In this Ask Adam, Adam Savage responds to akaPixelpeter’s comment, “You do a lot of (spray)painting and such but always seem to keep your builds clean even though you do get your hands/fingers dirty; I would get fingerprints all over my build for sure.”
While sheltering-in-place, Adam is livestreaming every week to work on builds and take questions from the Tested community! This week, he assembles a custom LEGO set from Ichiban Toys (http://www.ichibantoys.com/ ): Quint’s boat Orca from Jaws! Grab a seat, it’s time for knolling and storytelling!
While in lockdown, Norm has been enjoying photographing his toddler with instant film cameras, and also printing smartphone photos at home. Norm talks about the Instax cameras and printer he’s tested, and shares a photo display stand and sorter made on the Glowforge laser cutter. Download the SVG for this display stand here!
The reverse-order podcast returns as special guest Devindra Hardawar joins us this week to talk about how the Oculus Quest platform has grown in its first year of release, the release of Half-Life: Alyx workshop tools, and the technologies and use cases for AR glasses that will make them mainstream. Plus, Build 2020 news, new shows we’ve been watching, and a special science interview segment!
Adam’s been doing a lot of builds during the lockdown, which has been very relaxing and stabilizing. And in this video, he takes on a longer-term organization project: sorting and building a storage system for his massive collection of LEGO! It’s a walk down memory lane for Adam’s decades-long relationship with building LEGO, and not an easy challenge to tackle. Thankfully Adam’s Mom is here to help out! What are your own strategies for sorting LEGO pieces?
Adam can’t get enough of this new utility knife that he’s been using in the cave! On its surface, it looks like any standard box cutter with snap-off 9mm blades, but this knife also holds extra blade cartridges in its handle for automatic reloading when you finish an entire blade. It holds up to five blades and is super satisfying to use–perfect for quick projects like foamcore or cardboard crafting!
The gang discusses their strategies for design and prototyping when embarking on a build, and the growing collection of shop tools Adam is fabricating while in lockdown. We also talk about the latest episodes of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian and the role technology played in making the Star Wars show. Plus, which of these two movies would you prefer we choose for the next spoilercast: The Raid or Snake Eyes?
This oversized prop is not only a blast from Adam’s past as a professional modelmaker, but an artifact from a different technological era. Adam shares the story of how he came to get this gig and his process for building a faithful replica of this early 2000s-era internet music player. It’s a look into his scratch-building thought process and the problem-solving Adam had to go through for color matching this now-obsolete gadget!