Category: INTERVIEWS

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Ploom modelTwo Slays Smoking with Slick Design and Heated Tobacco Pods

23 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN, INTERVIEWS
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If you’re ok with dropping the “cool factor” that goes along with smoke rising from around your face, sounding like a 200 year old truck-driver on a respirator and smelling of burnt carcinogens, then the Ploom modelTwo may be just the right nicotine absorption alternative for you. Ploom recently won the coveted Red Dot Design Award for the device that totally reinvents smoking, warming a wee tobacco pod for a perfect vapor inhaling experience while at the same time eliminating the concerns that go with lighting up. We shot some questions over to Ploom CEO, James Monsees, to find out about the development process and what makes the Ploom modelTwo an award winning design.
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Autodesk University 2013: A Conversation with Anthony Graves About the New CAM 360

10 Dec, 2013 by in FAB, INTERVIEWS
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Well folks, if nothing stirs your curry more than some exciting CAM news, then this year’s Autodesk University in Las Vegas was for you! In case you missed the announcement from SolidSmack last week, Autodesk is moving forward with their Autodesk 360 collaborative cloud experience with the addition of CAM 360. We had a chance to sit down with Autodesk’s CAM Product Manager Anthony Graves to talk more about the announcement, how it benefits CAM users, and why now more than ever, collaborative CAM is an integral part of the product design process.

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On Location: Dassault Systèmes’ Largest Ever North American 2013 Customer Forum in Las Vegas

15 Nov, 2013 by in INTERVIEWS, NEWS
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With 70% more customer presentations than the previous year, you would be hard-pressed to not find something interesting at Dassault Systèmes’ 2013 North America Customer Forum—a sort of showcase of how users and companies are using Dassault Systèmes’ software for various applications. From the impressive keynote speakers who dove into the future of STEM education to the various company presentations highlighting how they use Dassault Systèmes’ 3D Experience ‘Compass’ to streamline their workflows, the event summed up just how far Dassault Systèmes’ reach is in multiple industries and sectors. For those who couldn’t make it out this year, here’s some of the highlights.

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EngineerVsDesigner Episode 83: Aqualibrium

23 Oct, 2013 by in INTERVIEWS
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This week EngineerVsDesigner sat down with one of the co-founders of the KICK-BUTT Kickstarter project that aims to bring self-sufficient farming into your living room, Mr. Josh Rittenberg of Aqualibrium. We’ll talk with Josh about everything from “What’s the difference between hydroponics and aquaponics?” to how he and his team came up with the idea and developed a prototype for a self-cleaning aquarium that grows food.

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EngineerVsDesigner Episode 82: Jude Pullen

16 Oct, 2013 by in INTERVIEWS
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This week EngineerVsDesigner sat down with the young and talented founder of one of our favorite product design sites, Mr. Jude Pullen! We’ll talk to Jude about working with your hands in a digital prototyping age, how the idea for his site Design Modelling came about, and why he believes that working with your hands is the best method for ‘Happy Accidents’.

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EngineerVsDesigner Episode 80: Mebotics Microfactory

20 Sep, 2013 by in INTERVIEWS
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This week EngineerVsDesigner sat down with one of the design engineers behind the all-in-one ‘Machine in a Box’ Microfactory, Mr. Jeremy Fryer-Biggs of Mebotics. The Microfactory is a combination 3D printer, mill, and laser etcher. We’ll talk with Jeremy about everything from how the individual components on the machine compare to other systems on the market, what an industrial designer could create on a Microfactory, and most importantly: would he bathe daily in a vat of eels and octopi if it meant having every meal for the rest of his life prepared by a five-star sushi chef?

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EngineerVsDesigner Episode 79: SolidWorks 2014

11 Sep, 2013 by in INTERVIEWS
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This week we stopped by the Dassault Systèmes headquarters outside of Boston, MA to talk with SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot about what we can expect from SolidWorks 2014 and other SolidWorks products as we approach the new year. We’ll talk with Bertrand about everything from what’s new in SolidWorks 2014 to what we can expect from the yet-to-be-released Mechanical Conceptual software.

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EngineerVsDesigner Episode 78: Frank Makes

04 Sep, 2013 by in INTERVIEWS
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This week our very special guest is a guy with his own woodworking YouTube channel by the name of Frank Makes, Mr. Frank Howarth! Frank’s background in architecture helped him design and build a super kick-butt woodshop that he uses to create stop-motion films of the development process of various woodworking projects. We’ll talk with Frank about everything from his process to how to start your very own kick-butt woodshop.

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After School Smack: Jason McGinnity of Art Center College of Design

30 Aug, 2013 by in INTERVIEWS, RESOURCES
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After School Smack is a new feature here on SolidSmack where we talk with current design students about the current happenings of their budding design careers. We’ll discuss everything from how they’re approaching the wide-open field of industrial design to how they’re keeping their portfolios fresh and their mind in the game. To kick us off we’re talking with the talented Jason McGinnity, a senior in the Transportation Design program at Pasadena’s coveted Art Center College of Design.

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