The Replicator

The Replicator

Hi! I’m with Max Garett, and I just found out his position is called the replicator, which sounds like some kind of cool Transformer. – But, what is it that you do here? – Um, so, Here in the replication shop we make—or recreate objects that can’t be real or authentic for exhibits. – So everything that people see in the exhibits that is some kind of animal shape or recreation of a model—it’s made in house. – Yeah, so that could be anywhere from an animal to maybe an artifact—bones, remains, fossils, food. -That’s awesome.
-Yeah, a lot of food. – I did not even know until I started working here that many of the things were actually made here, so I think it’s really cool that you have this prop shop of sorts. – We’re working on an exhibit—Biomechanics—some things we have here are some baby loggerhead sea turtles. – They’re really cute. – The story behind them is the kind of built in GPS they have to migrate to the ocean, but this is something that I sculpted, and I took a mold of, and then cast into more durable material. So this is touchable. – Whoa! – So, something like this needs to be really strong so that anyone in the exhibit can’t break it, so these are— – Like kid proof.
– Exactly, yeah. – Okay. – And they’re pretty desirable too, to like take and stick in your pockets. – Oh yeah.
– Yeah, down on the deck pretty hard. – You caught me. You guys are gonna like check my pockets before I go, I’m gonna have like 12 baby sea turtles. – We made some extras, just because.
– Because they’re cute! – They’re so cute. They’re adorable. So this is, you know, cast is a plastic that is almost indestructible, painted with a paint that’s really durable. – Nice. – Just from everyone rubbing it and everything.
– Yeah. – It’s also really fun to make non-touchable objects, just ’cause you gotta— we’re really restricted on the materials we can use— can’t always come out exactly how we like it, but something like this Venus fly trap, which is not touchable— it’s going to be under kind of an acrylic dome—
– Mhmm. – Was really fun to work on and think about, because I got to use any material I wanted, so I could use a pretty nice rubber, paint it with something that’s not too durable, but looks really good, and airbrush it. In the Venus fly trap there’s trigger hairs—there’s 3 trigger hairs on each pad, and that’s what kind of makes the trap close on its prey and everything. So, I’m gonna have to inlay some little hairs in there too, which is really cool. – Is this actual size? Is this how big they are?
-Oh yeah, no, this is a five scaled up enlargement. – Oh, okay.
– Yeah. – Because this would be terrifying if I was in the forest.
– Yeah. – Like this would eat a person.
– I know, it’s from like a video game or… Yeah. – Yeah, oh, like Mario.
– Mario, yeah. Something like this also is a touchable, so this kind of snake is cast into—this is like all one solid piece, so this is all the same plastic, so it can never be really ripped off or anything. – Mhmm. – And it also needs to be painted with something that won’t rub off. – This is the flying snake—
– Yeah. – from Biomechanics.
– Yeah, this is the Paradise flying snake, and— – That sounds terrifying.
– Yeah. This kind of touchable part right here is why it’s kind of hanging off, and you can feel it’s— – Oh yeah.
– A heart was sculpted into it, – Oooh.
– because the way it kind of glides is it flattens its ribs and— One kind of defining feature is that its heart becomes pronounced in its chest— – Yeah. – because it flattens out, so there’s kind of a nice little area where you can—mess around with that. – That’s cool. – Yeah, all the kind of acrylic items are going to be pretty awesome, because they’re all going to be mounted and displayed on these kind of like, really big LED light disks—
– Whoa. – and just like illuminated above, yeah, so these are in these—cast in these nice water clear resins, which are really beautiful. and just to display the different chambers, we’re going to have a variety of different animals—I think this is a turtle heart. – Wow. – But there’s going to be like a turtle, a fish, amphibian, and these are all, you know, not to scale, but to see the different chambers, and everything. And these are just some different talons—different bird talons, like a Harpy Eagle, and stuff like that. – They’re beautiful. So, what else do you have? You have like a giant worm over here. – Yes, this large worm diorama. – Is this to scale?
– The worm actually is, yeah. – What? – This is from Queensland, Australia. It’s this large blue worm that gets to be about 3.5 feet long—it’s pretty awesome. – Wow. – It’s a hydrostatic skeleton, the way it kind of undulates its body to move through tunnels and everything. I got to 3D model this kind of shape, and then take it to the CNC machine, and—you know—cut it out. – The CNC being the magic table saw—
– Yeah, the beautiful robot— – Yeah.
– That makes things. The overall shape is pretty exact, and to do that by hand would have been pretty difficult— – Yeah. – So it’s nice to make this shape—but, you know, this was something also that originally we got the information from, and it was basically like create an excerpt of earth that can display the worm in its tunnels. We were able to kind of collaborate on a kind of more dynamic shape than just kind of like a block – Yeah.
– So we kind of created this like core sample of earth, kind of. – Do you have real—You have real twigs and stuff in there. – Yeah, the top layer was kind of like a recipe I made of real soil— so actually, the top is actually not even really replicated I guess, just dirt, but it’s like embedded with this resin. – I think I would be terrified walking around and then all of a sudden have this giant blue worm stick its head out of the ground. – Yeah, it’s pretty fantastic—and this is not even actually on of the largest earth worms. – What? – There’s some other ones that get to be about over 6 feet long. Kind of the same size in diameter, but, yeah. – I don’t even believe that. – This is a giant termite mound, and this is to display the architecture of the termite mound— – Wow. – and how the termites diffuse heat through their mounds, and how— kind of like contemporary architecture recreates that in some buildings today and everything – Is this actual size? Is this life size?
– Yeah, well this is on the smaller scale, but this is like— – What?
– the mean size of an actual termite mound. – And termites are not—they’re not big.
– No, they’re tiny. Yeah, they’re tiny. and like an actual termite mound too is—what it’s made of, their mounds are almost stronger than concrete, sometimes, and— – Whoa.
– But so, yeah, this is going to be done almost the same way. This is kind of an under-texture of fiberglass and a non-toxic resin we use – Okay. – And then we cover it in this kind of paste that the other one is covered in, and then texture it to make it look like dirt and earth. – Wow. – So, yeah, it starts off like this, and then it kind of goes to that as a next layer, and then we kind of coat it all. But this is too large to travel in one piece, so—
– Okay. – It’s going to be made into 2 separate pieces that kind of lock into each other. – Yeah, it’s massive.
– Yeah, it’s huge, it’s about 9 feet tall. But this is like the average size of a mound—I mean they can get way bigger too. – That’s insane.
– Yeah. – It makes me want to be an anteater.
– Yeah, I know – Like never ending food source. I like how you put Max—you carved your name in there.
– Just a test, you know— – Yeah. Do you guys—do you sign your work a lot? Like hide it in little places? Because I would. – It is fun to try to put little Easter eggs—there are like in a lot of dioramas around museums some little— people hide things, and stuff, that was made a long time ago. – Yeah.
– Yeah, maybe, maybe I’ll put something in there. – Whoa! – So that’s, that’s—so it’s going to be displayed like that, but it’s to—cartilage needs to be put on there, and then we cast in another water clear resin that’s kind of pigmented. Kind of pink for—it’s synovial fluid, I think it’s called—
– Yeah. – around the cartilage. But, so this is what’s kinda end up being like in displayed on— – That’s amazing.
– in a case like that. – So you must learn a lot of like biology and anatomy working in here. – Yeah,
– Synovial fluid, that is not a term most people know. – No. No. This is a recent thing for me, but yeah, it’s great because we have to do a lot of research on things also, but a project that comes along, we’re given in depth information packets by a developer – Mhmm. – to give us all the information that we need on what we’re doing and everything, so— yeah, no, there’s a lot of research and a lot of learning involved. – That’s cool. Learning is cool.
– Learning is cool. – We advocate learning on this channel. Is this actual size too?
– This is like as big as they get, yeah. – Someone was a little generous with this model.
– Yeah. little bit. – This thing is pretty big though. I would not want to be swimming and then run into this guy. – No. – Its eye is as big as my hand.
– Mhmm. – It must be really rewarding when you finally have the exhibit, and it opens, and people are running around putting their hands over everything. – Yeah, it’s super cool. I mean, for me at least, this is my first time in the replication shop making a lot of stuff from scratch and everything. It’s been—since I’ve been here, it’s a lot of like recreating things for shows that have already been built, so its been nice to make things from scratch and have some creative freedom and to change what an object— – That’s cool.
– looks like, yeah. – Yeah. I would have never imagined like having this kind of job, like having something where you have to be scientifically inclined, and you have to understand the reason why you’re trying to make something like this, make it presentable, – Mhmm.
– and make it fun. So what is your background in? – I studied sculpture at SAIC—School of the Art Institute of Chicago— – Nice. and I graduated in 2012, I was interning here my last semester— – Wow.
– and then they hired me. Full time, yeah. – That’s nice! So you haven’t even been here that long.
– No, like year and a half, yeah. It’s good. – How’s it been?
-Fantastic. – Good.
– Love it. – Good. We didn’t even pay him to say that.
– No, well… yeah. – A little bit.
– Yeah.

100 thoughts on “The Replicator

  1. Nerdy guys with tattoos? Yes please !!

  2. great vid

  3. did you get a turtle em?

  4. This is so cool to learn about one of my home town museums, I had no idea just how much was made there vs imported or something of the like. Though have seen at least plastic cases being made for the science museum, so I assume not every single thing is made in the museum, but not I'm just droning on…..SCIENCE!

  5. A lot of nopes in this vid 😀 the paradise flying nope. :/ and that gigantic earthnope :/
    Awesome videos guys! 😀

  6. I love this guy!

  7. Haha "I don't even believe that." Reaction to 6ft long worms, my same reaction!

  8. This is such a cool episode. Definitely one of my favorites. I'd love to see more episodes about how they put together an exhibit.

  9. It is the job of my life! Wow! It is a pity that few museums can maintain a dedicated staff on replicas. In my country this work is done by technicians from each department or freelance artists  … and results are not always the best

  10. What kind of education did Max have to go through that made him qualified to do this work? This stuff is an amazing combination of art and biology!

  11. THIS IS THE JOB I WNANT!!!!!!!

  12. I love how enthusiastic everyone at the Field Museum is.

  13. 6:24 … that's what she said

  14. That seems like a cool job! I always thought if I didn't have talents in the arts I would of went for zoology, but here both fields mix! I'd love a job in a museum some day, I wanted to go into animation but this seems really cool too.

  15. I ship it.

  16. It's official. Watched all Brain Scoop episodes. And my god. They are all fantastic from the first Montana outtakes to the Field.

  17. As an artist, I am swooning over the different materials used in these replicas and love hearing a bit about the process.

  18. I gotta admit when i clicked on this video i expected a plant that replicates itself or something

  19. It's official: I want this job

  20. Dream job much?

  21. Max seems nice.

  22. The replicator sounds like a transformer. Hahah.. (^^) So cool. I guess the handmade flowers are from that shop as well?

  23. I don't know if it was just me but it was really cool watching Max's progression throughout the video. It seemed as if with each cut he was visibly more and more comfortable on camera.

  24. oh man, when emily asked "is THIS to scale?" about the worms i thought she was kidding and then he sAID YES and now i'm flipping out omg THREE FOOT BLUE WORMS how is this planet even real.

  25. The 3-foot worm reminds me of "Tremors" a little bit. If I ever go to Australia, I would definitely go out at night and look for these! That's wild. 8)

  26. I want this job!!!

  27. You are incredibly smart and your vlog is amazing, Emily, I wish I could be in one of your videos.

  28. how do i get this job

  29. 'Yeah, this is from Queensland, Australia.'
    Welcome to Queensland. The giant worms are the least of your worries.

  30. Waaiittt… I live in Queensland and I've never heard of, or seen this giant worm… No biggie, it's just something else that can kill us

  31. She's beautiful

  32. Wait those worms exist here OH MY GOSH I'M SCARED I LIVE IN QUEENSLAND

  33. You two were super cute together. There was definitely a love connection. 😉

  34. she's super cute!!

  35. Whenever I see Emily's earrings shake I think it's some kind of larva. Scares me all the time.

  36. This woman is freaking awesome. WIsh I knew girls like her

  37. He has bad eye contact.

  38. +thebrainscoop ok Emily, you & Max look great together. Think of all the interesting dinner conversations 🎈

  39. 8:42 The awkward nerd conversation was so perfect. lol

  40. Growing up in Chicago, I just loved the Field museum, especially (of course!) the dinosaurs. Oh, and the mummies!

  41. Jk

  42. They Both Should Go Out And Maybe Fuck Sometimes, They Look Similar Like Woman And A Man, I Can See It

  43. ah I love how many people at the fm have backgrounds in art, like yes! science is for everyone!

  44. Adam Savage (of Mythbusters) would love this place. You should try to get him on the show.

  45. A replicator was a persistent antagonist in the TV Series "Stargate SG-1".   They were crab-like robots that were made of super hard magnetically structured identical fragments.

  46. I would totally marry this guy.

  47. I think he rather likes her.

  48. What's his job title? This seems like an amazing job. Thanks! 🙂

  49. I just found my dream job

  50. As an artist I want this job soooo bad

  51. I am actually really interested in this job. What exactly is it called? How do you get there??

  52. God I want those little turtle baby's.

  53. Are you on exhibit??

  54. those two should definitely hook up.

  55. When I hear "The Replicator" I think Star Trek or chapter 2 of the Selfish Gene

  56. that worm is nightmare fuel. js….

  57. Sorry.. but replicators immidiately make me think of SG1^^

  58. I came to YouTube for a documentary on the history of winemaking, ended up watching Edward Scissorhands, a few polymer clay sculpt tutorials, some stuff about insect pinning… and now I've been binging you guys for like 2 hours. What happened.

  59. how do I become a replicator? this is the coolest job in the world!!

  60. I saw all these things at the built to survive exhibit at zoo miami last year. Now I know where they came from

  61. hmm, all i could think of when watching this was that all of the models looked kinda crappy. The turtles looked crudely sculpted and all the paint jobs looked like they were meant to be seen from a fair distance away. Even an average miniature painter could do a better job… Maybe im being unfair and its not that those guys suck, maybe its because they have too short deadlines that they have to half assedly do their work?

  62. it still has brains on it… indeed

  63. love your videos!

  64. I just realised that this is my dream job

  65. Haha it seemed like Emily asked if everything was to scale and then remarked about being scared if she were to see it in real life. I love this channel!

  66. Are those beaver tooth earrings that Emily is wearing?

  67. Is Max still at the museum? Would love to see you film with him again!

  68. If I had someone called a replicator work under me, I would ask him/her to bring me some hot earl gray tea every day.

  69. These two would make the cutest couple! They look absolutely a-dork-able together! (I mean that in the nicest, most sincere way!) XD

  70. Oh my god, I'm constantly torn between my love of art and my love of science. Now I know I don't have to choose!!!!

  71. how does one get that job?

  72. nice.. bad pun


  74. Three feet worm. No thank you. You can keep that to yourself.

  75. The, uh, blue worm poking out looks like something…else. I mean, it even has a little defined 'head' poking out of the flap, jesus. It takes effort NOT to call it 'penis worm'.

  76. She likes him ……

  77. 1:40 “these baby sea turtles are really hard to break” breaks on into

  78. I would like to buy one of those baby turtles

  79. Dream job!!!

  80. The Alaskan bullworm

  81. 1. how do i get this job?!?
    2. aaaaand just like that i have a new nerd crush
    3. totally could 'ship them

  82. How does one get a career in replication?

  83. Hello. Greetings. How does one become a replicator? What kind of schooling/training/experience does one need to be a replicator? I've recently been thinking of what I want to do in my life with my art degree and working in a museum and or doing science illustration are at the top of my list and I'm trying to figure out how I want to go about achieving this.

  84. What is the specimen seen at 6:36?

  85. You should invite coyote Peterson onto your channel.

  86. I used to be so disappointed to see the little "replica" on the tag but this makes them cool in their own way!

  87. You two would make such a cute couple xD I hope (for your sake perhaps) that he is single 🙂


  89. 00:00 RISE

  90. I'm really good at sculpting and painting, maybe this could be a possible career choice for me! Although I mainly plan on being fine art sculptor, painter, and taxidermist.

  91. I don't know what everyone's talking about between Emily and Max!?! Emily is clearly in love with me!! Emily, will you marry me?! I mean I don't believe in marriage. But will you marry me?

  92. 5:14 he was talking about his dick there


  94. He's really hot. I love the description too.

  95. 🙂😑😉😋😉😃🤗🙄🙂🙂😉😑😙☺

  96. If I met a guy called "The Replicator" I'd just keep yelling at the guy "Earl Grey tea, hot"

  97. How would I apply for this job?! If somebody knows, please tell me!

  98. 7:25 Gotta make sure you drain your knee sacks

  99. 7:21 that's definitely a Buddhist thangka painting on the door!

  100. Goodbye Michael Aranda.

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