SOLIDSMACK is a small behemoth of an online community about 3D CAD, technology, design, robots, ninjas… Ok, maybe not ninjas so much, but those guys are COOL so there just might be something about some dang ninjas. Besides the occasional blast of intensely cool product design and technology, we look at what’s going on in the world of 3D, add a splash of business insight and web tech into the mix and there ya got your SolidSmack.


As of 1 January, 2012, SolidSmack is a happy baby of EVD MEDIA.

The Team

Josh Mings (Editor in Chief)


Josh is the Co-founder of EVD Media and Editor in Chief at SolidSmack. He has two decades ( and a bit) of  multi-disciplinary engineering and design experience, working with startups, and refining marketing and brand strategies for software and hardware companies. He excels at falling awkwardly, has five adorable children, and lives on a ranch where he tends chickens, rides horses, and protect them all from feral hogs. Follow him @joshmings on Twitter.

Simon Martin (Managing Editor)


Simon is a New York City-based multi-disciplinary designer and managing editor of EVD Media. In addition to his work with companies ranging from Nike to various hardware startups, he is the main reason anything gets done at EVD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.

Erin McDermott (Contributing Editor)


Erin is a digital nomad and directs optical engineering and publishing at Spire Starter LLC: www.SpireStarter.com Her academic background is in applied physics and she used to work for The Man designing optics for indoor lighting, automotive headlamps and tail lights (Corvette, Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, etc.), optical sensors, and sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads. On the side, Erin is an artist, Christian sci-fi writer, and lover of beer, bourbon, and bourbon-infused beer.

Vince Haley (Contributing Editor)


Vince has worked as Studio Engineer for consumer and medical product brands such as Whirlpool, Newell and ResMed Ltd. Australia. He’s garnered 39+ patents and has designed everything from totes to toasters, and fiddles to furniture. He enjoys all things 3D and has carved out a niche as a Class-A Surfacing Guru. Active in both industry and academia, Vince serves as a Creative and Technical Skill Development Coach providing hands-on training and workshops pertaining to CAID/CAD. Vince relishes opportunities to keep learning and sharing what he’s learned!


What is 3D CAD?

Only the coolest way to design anything you can imagine. It’s like digital clay. It’s the Photoshop of 3D mechanical design. There’s a lot of programs that allow you to do this and it’s what SolidSmack is famous for covering with uncanny familiarity and riveting perspective.

Do I have to use 3D CAD, to fully enjoy your site?

Why no, that would be lame and ridiculous. We hope there’s enough other stuff for you here as well. If there’s not, we should be slapped, but we prefer that you give us a suggestion and we will put it through the conbobulator to see if it is worthy of the great content on this site.

Why does SolidSmack want to smack me?

Solidsmack will smack the solid into you – or out of you – it’s really a fine line depending on the velocity of the slap and the rate of something blah blah blah. Anyway, we have no intention of harming you.

Who started SolidSmack?

That would be Josh Mings. He’s the brains behind this outfit and the guy to blame for anything that goes wrong. You can follow him on Twitter (@joshmings) and connect with him on LinkedIn.

We smack you very much.