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3D Scanning

For some designers and engineers, 3D scanning physical objects to use as reference models can be the ultimate time-saver. Industrial Designer Eric Strebel is one such design professional—and as always, he has some insightful tips for fellow designers and engineers out there who want to kickstart their 3D scanning game—aka, photogrammetry. Photogrammetry is a process…

LEGO Switch Case

For many, half the fun of owning a Nintendo Switch portable gaming console is playing video games—while the other half is spent personalizing the hardware itself. Nintendo gets this; the video game company has put out tons of accessories for the Switch, ranging from various carrying cases to the cardboard-based Nintendo Labo. The number of…

little sophia A.I. STEM toy

Toys for little girls have come a long way. Instead of gangly, mobility-limited figurines with zero capabilities, young ladies can now opt for an awkward, less mobility-limited, learning, talking, facial expression recognizing robot friend to do their bidding. Its name is Little Sophia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18qaAE3SOQg Mixing A.I. technology with traditional toy design, this robot doll is…

Barb Noren

If you suspend the science behind it, the act of soldering is a work of magic. By heating a filler metal, one can join two or more materials which would otherwise not fit together (like pizza and pineapple, for example). Barb Noren is a self-described maker who also sees soldering as a magical process. So…

Human washing machine

Those who have watched their fair share of cartoons may have seen one or two scenarios where characters accidentally fall into an automated car wash. After going through the water jets, scrub rolls, and automated detergent dispensers, these unfortunate souls find themselves on the other side all dazed and confused—but squeaky clean nonetheless. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-atgWn1VZDU Humanwash…

O-Bahn

Those without cars often face a common predicament when going to work: “Will I take the bus or the train?” For citizens living in Adelaide, South Australia, there doesn’t seem to be much difference. Check out Adelaide’s O-Bahn Busway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLbhhdoCdl0 Ever since its first passenger ride in 1986, the O-Bahn Busway has confounded both passengers…

3D Printing Post Processing

Using a series of post-processing techniques like sanding, painting, gluing, and mold-forming, you can easily make your 3D printed projects look just like their store-bought counterparts — ideal for when presenting realistic “looks like” prototypes to clients or coworkers. From sanding and gluing all the way to crafting different molds and finally painting the objects, MakerBot’s…

Even with the massive convenience that digital fabrication technologies have afforded us, you’ve got to admire those who are actively keeping the primitive manufacturing arts alive. Sculpting, woodworking, and blacksmithing are just a few of the ancient crafts that still manage to draw the eye with their personalized, handcrafted looks — not to mention insane, mesmerizing…

3D Printed Chair

With much of the world turning a newer, greener leaf, many people are finding ways to incorporate a “greener” lifestyle with 21st-century technologies. In the case of Rotterdam-based design studio The New Raw, this means letting citizens create their own recycled furniture. https://vimeo.com/311304894 The studio created the ‘Print Your City’ initiative: a recycling project first…

mobile workshop van

We’ve featured many woodworking workshops before on SolidSmack—but they’ve always been stationary; idle abodes usually found in garages where woodworkers can live in isolation to work on their craft. While these isolated environments certainly enable many artisans to concentrate better, it doesn’t leave them with a lot of flexibility to work on projects further from…

Overwatch Turret

For those who haven’t tried it yet, Overwatch is a cartoonish multiplayer video game set in the not-so-distant future. With a diverse roster of characters—from the giant talking ape Winston to the gun-slinging cowboy McCree—Overwatch’s cast is as wacky as it is all-inclusive. One of these wacky characters—a Swedish engineer by the name of Torbjörn—is…

Samsung Packaging

It’s usually never official until a sizeable multi-national company does it. While smaller electronics companies have been using paper and other recyclable materials for their products for years, Samsung is only now catching onto the environment-friendly trend. In a recent press release, the electronics division of the company has announced that instead of using plastics…

tika kickstarter

Much like LEGOs, modern modular design kits contain various pieces that let the user build various structures. Desks, shelves, pot holders – depending on the kit’s materials, the user can make an assortment of things from a cleverly-designed family of attachable components. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhSQjGRsYWg TikA by TiKA Lab are modular kits comprised mainly of different-sized connectable…

Robotics Dog

Every war begins when one side is pushed to the breaking edge; and when you see the abuse this ANYmal robot is being put through by these scientists from Robotics Systems Lab in Switzerland, you’ll know just where this particular feud started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTDkYFZFWug&feature=youtu.be Like many robot dogs, the ANYmal is a four-legged mechanical robot weighing…

While he is best known for setting intricate matchstick pieces aflame, there is undoubtedly more substance to YouTube creator BLACKHAND than your average pyromaniac. Case in point: his wooden smartphone photography slider using little more than wood and a few metal fixtures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUr0QTofl80 Beginning with two reasonably large holes drilled into a piece of wood,…

Eric Strebel CAD Design

For years we’ve been watching industrial designer Eric Strebel’s insightful design process videos; videos that show how he goes about making products from start to finish. Starting with concept sketches, he follows a traditional design process of moving on to CAD models and then various forms of prototyping—yet, we’ve never really heard the man speak…

Making a Tesla Car

Despite the unpredictable nature of CEO and founder Elon Musk, Tesla cars are still taking the industry by storm. With their all-electric motors, many argue the vehicles are better in every way compared to just about any gas-guzzler…provided you don’t have to travel more than 300 miles at a time between charges. The company’s latest…