Hey everyone! We're excited to announce an awesome event we'll be participating in next week, in partnership with Twitch and Kid Genius. Starting next Monday, December 17th, Twitch is going to be streaming an Inspector Gadget marathon--yes, the classic 1983 cartoon that I and many of you grew up with! And along with that marathon, Tested is going to be streaming live prop builds from Adam's cave!
Our very own Darrell Maloney (The Broken Nerd) has modeled three props inspired by Inspector Gadget, and we'll be turning those 3D prints into finished pieces using the tools in Adam's workshop and some of the techniques you've seen us demonstrate in past One Day Builds.
Jen Schachter visits the massive workshop of artist Nemo Gould to see how he makes his kinetic sculptures and how the storage of tools and found materials in his shop influences how he builds.
Adam Savage sits down with director Christian Rivers and producer Peter Jackson to talk about the process of adapting the Mortal Engines book series into the upcoming film. It's a wide-ranging discussion about world building, telling cinematic stories, and the collaborative process of filmmaking at this scale. (This video is sponsored by Universal Pictures and Mortal Engines.)
Armor designer Melissa Ng (aka Lumecluster) visits Adam's cave and brings her new Phoenix Gauntlets, a modular design that she's been designing and prototyping for two years. Based on historically accurate 15th century gothic armor, these beautiful gauntlets are also surprisingly flexible and comfortable. Adam can't get enough of them!
For this Saturday morning, we celebrate the history of children's television and weekend television programming with a look at some puppets and props from shows (and commercials!) that we grew up with as kids. These are just a few items from the Prop Store TV Treasures auction happening today!
We continue our dive into the world of classic television props and costumes from Prop Store's upcoming TV Treasures auction with a look into a few hand props and blasters from shows like Star Trek, Buck Rodgers, Planet of the Apes, and V. Some of these have held up very well over the years, and it's awesome to even see some electronics still working!
Several pieces of timeless television history pay a visit to our studio this week as Prop Store gives us a preview of their upcoming TV Treasures auction. Brandon from Prop Store lets us get close up with some props and costumes from the 1966 Batman show, and we learn how these pieces were saved and preserved in the Comisar Collection.
Adam has just returned from New Zealand, where he met with some of the prop makers for the upcoming film Mortal Engines. Using their designs, Adam makes a replica of the character Anna Fang's striking sidearm, showing paint and weathering techniques to make this piece look at home in the movie's striking world!
Adam Savage visits Weta Digital in New Zealand, where the award-winning visual effects company is working on the upcoming film Mortal Engines. In this in-depth conversation with Visual Effects Supervisor Ken McGaugh and Animation Supervisor Dennis Yoo, we learn about the engineering complexities of creating the epic cities seen in the film.
Jen Schachter stops by to check out kinetic artist Nemo Gould's most recent work in Oakland, CA. Nemo talks about what inspired his most recent work and how his dream of being an animator morphed into being a sculpture artist. Find more of Nemo's amazing work on his website, Twitter, and Instagram.
When Eric Idle of Monty Python and Spamalot fame Tweeted asking for help in adapting his "little padded case" for his Danny Ferrington travel guitar, Adam immediately raised his hand. After flying to LA to meet with Eric and fetch the case, Adam returned to San Francisco and started this One Day Build. Seven frantic working hours later, a solid case was born.
I have a wide variety of adhesives that I use in my workshop. All of those glues are stored in a very organized manner. So I always know where to find what I need (that's not something I can say for all of my equipment). My issue is that I typically only require two or three adhesives for any given job. So I grab what I need and move them to the workbench. That's where things tend to fall apart. As the workbench gets ever more cluttered, glues get misplaced, knocked over, or left open.
Clearly, I need a method to keep my glues organized while I work. A small glue caddy seemed like the obvious answer. I considered designing and building my own caddy from scratch. But I quickly realized that it didn't make a lot of sense to invest any time in my own design when there are several off-the-shelf kits available for just a few bucks. I really like my articulating airplane stands from Foam-Flite. So I decided to try their Glue Caddy ($10) as well.
There are SO many drill bits to choose from. Here are the ones Sean Charlesworth uses the most, and how he uses them. (And no, this isn't a sponsored video.)
Sean's latest shop tip is a path to learning some of the nuances of injection molding for manufacturing using Protolabs' design aids. These parts samples help you learn about materials, surface finishes, and other design elements that go into injection molding--they're great learning tools!