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Friday Smackdown: Tens Times the Pop

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The boatswain sounding his whistle called the ship to arms, and found us a tailwind with the call. It was gaining on us, visible one moment, gone the next. It…

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The Shaper Origin is the World’s First Handheld CNC Router

3 days ago

It’s not very often when a new tool comes along that changes the way we think about making things, but when it does, it’s usually pretty epic. The Shaper Origin…

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Reflow: A Recycled 3D Printer Filament System That Works

3 days ago

There have been many aborted attempts at producing recycled 3D printer filament, but Reflow’s approach appears to be successful. In the past I’ve seen many attempts at producing desktop machines…

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MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab Just Developed a Self-Assembling Mobile Phone

3 days ago

It’s no secret that assembling the dozens –– or hundreds –– of parts that make up a consumer electronic product assembly is both costly and time-intensive. But what if said electronics…

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Learn the Fascinating History of Aluminum in Just Six Minutes

3 days ago

Long before Apple’s aluminum unibody hardware designs –– along with Jony Ive’s unmistakeable “aluminium” pronunciation –– aluminum had already changed the world of mass manufacturing. Having dropped in price by over…

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Cool Tools of Doom: Get 8 Awesome Arduino E-Books for Just $10 (Today Only)

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Whether you’re a seasoned Arduino developer or an Arduino beginner, there’s always something new to be learned with the versatile open-source hardware development kit. Whether it’s a prototype for a…

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The Beautiful Design Process Behind Grovemade’s Luxury Wood Speakers

4 days ago

The thought put into speaker design is astounding. It nearly makes me forget all about the chipper/shredder sound emanating from my car speakers. We’ve admired Portland-based Grovemade design for a…

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This Ingenious Notebook Cover Secures Clipless Writing Tools On-the-Go

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How many times have you taken your sketchbook out the door and wished you could easily carry a regular old pencil –– be it your garden–variety #2 or a blue…

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Jon Tang of FRONTEER Breaks Down How to Design a Sneaker from Scratch

4 days ago

With a nearly endless array of profiles and material block possibilities, sneaker design sketches aren’t too hard to come by. However, the process of converting those sketches into a physical…

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SolidSmack Radio | The Parts Oblivion

5 days ago

This week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist knocks you in the pop sockets with head-boppin’ groove tuneage to help propel you through the work week in style. Whether you find yourself…