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The larger elephant usually has more of those birds on it’s back, and that, my friend, is the answer to your question. Mixart.com – unique interface design and photography World’s Largest TV – great for home videos and only $53k. Flash photo gallery for flickr and picasa – best one out there and FREE. Put…

Getting SolidWorks into India isn’t anything new, but it seems a push is being made, at least with headlines. A load of articles came out June 12th about SolidWorks in India. What’s interesting to me is the reported amount of license given away. That’s the way to saturate a market segment. Hope they at least…

Today, SolidWorks launched the final Beta version of 2008. This means the launch is right around the corner and it’s the last chance you’ll have to get in on the beta testing. You can be assured that there will be a whole slew of news, podcasts, and video coming out so keep your feeds running…

Have you ever thought a car could be designed in SolidWorks? Well, it’s being done right over in Sweden by Koenigsegg. Their latest production car is the fastest street legal car on the market clocking in at over 800 HP with speeds topping at 245 mph. That’s crazy fast and they used SolidWorks to make…

I was looking into SolidWorks search trends and discovered that cloth diapers had a higher search volume than SolidWorks, so all the post from now on will be about cloth diapers and the best ways to clean cloth diapers. I kid, although I hear baking soda or oxy-clean works wonders, especially if you’re looking for…

SolidWorks released news today of Hypen Design using SolidWorks for their product development. This look like a really cool company. They hail form the London, UK and do some really slick product design for some pretty big clients like Virgin Mobile, Speedo and Mattel. They’re work is impressive – take a look at it here.…

Allright, so the last person that opened up your 1,000 part assembly hid a bunch of stuff and now it’s looking like a barren wasteland of nuts and washers. Before you spend hours traversing through sub-assemblies and revealing your wrath to that person, take a look at this. Step 1 With a quick flick of…

Oh yeah! I’m feelin’ it today. you feelin’ it? yeahhh, you’re feelin’ it!!! Sputtr Search – a clean, simple way to search things that matter Flick-a-day – watch yourself grow older each day. 250 GB Portable Hard-drive – all your stuff in one tiny place. Display your invention to the public – let everyone know…

When you’re sitting at home alone gazing into the light fixture and wondering if you caught all the changes in a drawing that was just released, here’s an absolutely simple way to wake up early, go in before anyone else finds out and do a drawing file comparison. Make a .PDF of the first drawing…

Interface design is getting a lot more interesting lately. It probably has a lot to do that fancy Microsoft Vista coming out and the multi-touch interface craziness going around. Spacetime has jumped in headfirst with a new search/browse interface. What does it do? 3D Search and browsing with plans to implement email, music and RSS.…

Throwing up before you speak may come naturally to some, but there’s some other items that may help relieve the pressure of speaking in public. Not only can these help you when speaking publicly, they can also help when training someone, relating to and working with others and finding out how you can help people.…

A while back SolidNotes had a post that talked about the Select through transparency option. I thought it was interesting and didn’t have this blog up at the time, so I’d thought I’d write on it now. This tip will allow you to get some better performance and allow you to do some things you…

I was on a trip recently and pulled off into a gas station when I saw this incredible beast of a truck pull up next to me. It had sponsorship decals all over it and down on the passenger side door I saw the good ‘ol SolidWorks logo. I was wondering what the relationship was…

In the vein of new interface technology coming out, Sony is debuting a razor-thin display that can bend. People are already imagining the possibilities. One way I see this being used is to provide a more environmental interface with a larger resolution to work in, and I literally mean work IN. Imagine being surround by…

A group of unruly penguins came up to me, bit my kneecaps and told me to tell you about these sites. Distressed Font Gallery – I love fonts and these are some of my favorites. (via) The stories of Sasquatch – 40 artist, including two of my friends put this together. Music videos allowed on…

Can you imagine that just about everything in front of you right now has had a dimension on it at some point. Everything except that apple over there to the left. the Big Guy upstairs has an automated routing programs for that kinda stuff. Everyone probably has some opinion about how to dimension something, but…

Have you ever wondered what people out there do with SolidWorks or what the possibilities are? Well, here’s some kind of unusual ways of making money with SolidWorks that may give you ideas about what you could do or get in to. These are things that I and others have done in the past and…

What happens when you take an artist, turn him into a software developer and stir in some Java OpenGL? Answer: Mark Napier and some funky looking stuff Play with some of the links on the right side at his site. I made this with one of his programs. Now this isn’t done in SolidWorks, but…

In the states here, it’s Memorial day. Our three-day weekend we turn into four, our day we mow the lawn or paint that last wall. I want to thank my grandfathers that fought, bleed, cried, laughed, went to serve, came home to live and helped me never have to wonder what it is to be…

Here’s the freshest, unwashed, totally natural and incredibly entertaining and informative sites I came across this week. nVidia and Capcom announce Lost Planet Release – watch the demo, it’s incredible. 34 places to get Design Inspiration – if nothing is inspiring you this will help. Web2.0 layer styles – to use in Photoshop and make…

There’s nothing more enjoyable that seeing what a piece of software can do… except for maybe not doing it and going out with friends, but since all my friends are behind a computer like me, I’ll try to break me some software. I’m continuing today from yesterdays Adobe Acrobat 3D overview where we took a…

How many of you have a binder of design ideas lying around? Yeah, me too, and have always been discouraged when I try to get a prototype made or quoted. NOVEdge has put out another interesting interview with the CEO of Ponoko whose new approach to turning out product just may change how and who…

After being chained in the basement for a few weeks to check out the brand spankin’ new Acrobat 3D I found the good, bad and some things that made me just barely fall out of my chair. I’ll leave out the part where I saw flying monkeys. I think that had to do with the…

I know, you’re looking at your sketch that has more relations than the cast of Grey’s Anatomy and wonder how in the heck things went south so fast. Well, it has nothing to do with your social skills or being raised in the country, those things just need a little lovin’. This means it’s time…

There’s nothing more annoying than some one who is over-productive, smirking at you with his dry, beady eyes, taunting you with his attendance trophies, doing little victory dance’s in your cubicle… Prepare to dance. Steve Pavlina has come up with 33 way to boost your productivity, then 33 more, and then another 33. I’d say…

Inspiration from Toys – Thomas Parel has a post with some great shots of toy designs. love it! Improve your photography with classical art – an awesome way to get your photos to look incredible. DRM-free MP3 – The guys over at Engadget broke the news about Amazon opening DRM-free MP3 music store. This is…

Matt Lombard always has interesting insight into the nature of design and engineering. It’s exactly one his post that started me thinking again about the future of parametric design. Maybe it’s a cliche and tiring question that everyone has asked, but check this out… Web of Constraint Right now something is parametric in a model…

So, it’s really lame when you have to make sure to update notes and properties that have dimensions entered in manually. Well, there’s a way to grab a dimension property so you can use it in different places. Nice thing is, if the dimension changes you don’t have to remember where you put it to…

I first saw Jeff Han’s mutitouch screen on the TED website. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for what that guy is doing. I came across another video of him demo’ing the touchscreen. It looks like they’ve added some functionality since the previous demo. Imagining this in the context of 3D CAD usibility…

I read Matt Lombard’s interview over at NOVEdge and agree with just about everything he said, but I do think there’s more than economics being a reason for the slow transition to 3D. Maybe it’s the industry I’m in, but the main issue in all the companies I’ve seen is the insistency to make SolidWorks…

What if you could throw a bunch of dots around the world and replicate yourself wherever they landed? Yeah, imagine that one. Pretty cool. Well, it’s possible. Not so much with you, but with little feature thingies you put in your models. Ok, I feel the disappointment setting in, so chin up little camper, Sketch…

We’ll I said there just might be something about ninjas on this site. You might as well forget about the fancy, schmancy algorithmic based modeling technology coming out. This has the potential of changing everything. Listen as ninja enlightens you on the SUPERIORITY of TechNINlogy.

Many times I’m showing someone how to do something and there like, “how do you do that so fast? what are you doing?” I’m being 50% more efficient than you, that’s what I’m doing. Not 48, not 51, but exactly 50% more. Here’s how. Mouse – automatically move pointer to default button option This is…

With an addiction to trying new stuff when it comes out, its been difficult finding what I actually need to get SolidWorks to work the best on Vista. So, when the Windows Vista native version of SolidWorks was made available as a pre-release download from the SolidWorks web site May 4th and thought I’d try…

It’s friday and time to run screaming outside and then back inside to check out these links. The Face Transformer – see what you look like white, black asian or as a famous painting. I did this and it’s freaky weird. (Normal-Asian-Greco) Top 20 Blogs Most popular blog color – Ever wonder what makes a…

If you’ve been wasting your time with liquid or gasous mentors, you’re in for a wake up call. That’s right, SolidMentor is on the brink of launching thee site that consolidates all the goodness that is SolidWorks, from blogs, to wiki, to events and webcasts. Here’s the low-down on the features: Syndicated Blogs Content-driven forum…

You might see this floating around the site. What does it mean? I came up with it for two reasons. Two reason exactly. It’s catchy It explains a mindset It’s a concept that kinda eludes some people, and, at times, even me sadly. Some would take this idea like you’re telling them to quit their…