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Maker-in-Chief – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 4/30/19

Adam is excited to finally share details about his new show, Savage Builds, as well his upcoming nationwide book tour! We’re joined this week by Stephanie Santoso, who was the White House’s first Senior Adviser for Making and is on the board of Nation of Makers. We have a great chat about modern maker spaces, this year’s NomCon, and her projects post-Obama administration.

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11 thoughts on “Maker-in-Chief – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 4/30/19

  1. I’m sorry to have to say this but I’m very disappointed by some of the statements in this podcast. Specifically the point where Will say “… the core discipline is turning something 2D into a 3D object…”, just after your guest tries to make a point about Making being inclusive. Right there, you’re showing that, despite your claims that you want making to be inclusive, you’re actually being elitist and establishing a boundary to exclude people who don’t fit your definition of what a maker is.

    I’m a creative person but my preferred medium to work in is 3D CAD. It’s what I’m good at and what I have the easiest access to, I don’t have space for a shop let alone the space to store the things I create if they were in the physical world. Yet every time I talk about my stuff with anyone in the “Maker” community, the first thing they say is “when are you going to build it for real?”.

    I’ve found that the Maker community sees CAD not as a medium to work in but as a tool used in the process of making something else, usually 3D printing. They see it as equivalent to a Mill or Lath or Welding machine.

    Your showing that Tested is just the same when it comes to Making, you only want to include the people who agree with you and

    Sorry , but if that is the way it is, I can’t support your organization any more

    soon to be ex-tested memeb

  2. You missed the part where Will (who no longer represents Tested, by the way, he is just a guest) said later in the podcast that if you’re a maker (including computer programmers and writers, neither of whom actually produce 3D items) you should go to Nomcon. Furthermore, he simply described the discussion of what a defines a maker; a discussion that occurred back in the day when Adam first came to Tested, which was years ago. It seems that definition has changed since then.

  3. Titanium printing is not out of reach for everyday people. Of course the machines cost as much as a house, but there are services like Sculpteo that will do it, and for smaller objects it’s not excessively expensive (at least not more than getting a complex part CNC machined). Really small parts (jewellery, etc.) start below $100. To print in metal on a budget, Shapeways also has a binder-jetting process in steel-bronze that is quite affordable for smaller parts. And for fancy stuff, they also print in silver and gold (printing a wax master, followed by metal casting and polishing). It’s a lot of fun, and makes it possible to make “impossible” metal parts that would be incredibly difficult to make any other way. Of course it’s great to have a desktop plastic printer to make cheap parts within hours, but for special parts, a service that ships professional prints within a week is great to expand the possibilities.

  4. I’m pretty sure Will, whose career has primarily been in writing and content creation, and whose day job is building VR Tools, appreciates that non-physical creation is well within the definition of ‘making’.

    I think the point he was making is that the differences between disciplines are smaller than one often considers, since the problem solving is the same cycle of learning the ways to shape and connect parts. That extends to putting words together to build narratives as much as wood to furniture, code to apps as to sailcloth and Adam’s EDC Bags.

  5. I like Still Untitled. Hosts, guests, topics, enthusiasm, freewheeling-ness, length… I enjoy almost everything. But it’s the worst podcast I listen to in the car, because it seems like there’s no dynamic range compression at all. I have to crank up the volume just to hear most of the conversation, only to be blasted out of my seat by the loudness peaks of (frequent, appropriate, enjoyable) laughter. It’s also not a great podcast to watch, because of all those microphones covering up everybody’s face and the cables and equipment cluttering up the table—all for what I’ve already indicated I figure is sub-par audio production. Feels to me like SU:TASP would be better served by everyone wearing lav mics, and running the audio through some DRC (at least for the audio-only version).

  6. Did Nation of Makers approach the Trump administration with ideas about how they can work together to to support bringing manufacturing jobs back into the country and make America great again? Or did you align yourself against them and that’s the end of it?

  7. I’m wanting to start a Maker Space in my town, but the Nation of Makers resources page is such a mess, I can’t find anything to help me. I’m not a teacher, I’m a guy who needs a hand in what steps are needed to get the ball rolling. Most of the things on there are for teachers who have a space to work with already.

    The other side of resources is for people who already have a space and how to grow it.

    While both are highly valuable to those audiences, what Adam said about one of the core goals being to help new spaces be created isn’t being well served on the site.
    Is there anything I can look at or read to help me get a grip on the kind of endeavor this will be? I know it’s starting a business, but I need help and not finding it.

    For anyone curious, I’m in Sioux Falls, SD (Home of Mythbuster Allie Weber), and we need a MakerSpace.

  8. As a paying Premium member of Tested since the beginning, I am not sure how to take the remarks that Adam does not think of his work on Tested as “paying the bills”.

    Maybe I am just in a foul mood after last year’s Brain Candy tour cancelation with not even an acknowledgment here, let alone an explanation, and then finding out that Adam’s local book “signing” event is a no-signing, no-photos-with-Adam deal (after I bought one signed copy of the book to get admission to the local event and then a second copy through one of the Simon & Schuster-listed sellers to get in on the drawing that I now won’t be able to get signed).

  9. I’m really hoping to get a chance to listen to the audiobook. Nothing would be more exciting to hear (one of my heroes) while I’m sculpting. I just can’t wait.

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