While you’ve been gallivanting around reading posts about Pro/E and eating crumpets and cold pizza by the pool, there’s been a load of SolidWorks and other CAD-related goodness you’ll want to catch up on.

Here, in the briefest way possible, are all the thing that I you may have missed over the past few days. There’s a lot of activity starting up with the beta of SolidWorks 2010 coming out and a review of SpaceClaim you don’t want to miss. Check it out…

SpaceClaim Review (by and End User) [NoveEdge] – Get the real scoop on how history-free 3D product development works. You may be surprised that the design process may be similar to yours and there’s great insight on the requirements of working with manufacturing.

Direct Editing Challenges the concept of Dumb Geometry – Mr. Matt Lombard tears open the boundary face and educates you on B-rep with some great discussion on the comments.

Direct vs. History – Lou Galley joins the direct modeling pool party and throws 40,000 oz. of his own direct modeling perspective. Thanks Lou!

SolidWorks 2009 SP 4.0 EV Ready for Download – The early visibility version is up for you to download and play with till you can’t breath any longer. Great to check out on slow days and if you’re having issues with previous SP’s.

SolidWorks 2010 Beta Eminent (What’s New Coming Sooner?)Mike Puckett tells you how and Ricky ‘What’s New’ Jordan is on top of the news of of when the What’s New Manual will be available. (Also check out his Dell M6400 Review)

3D Dudes Gone 3D – CAD Love – Kish and Stephen get all cheesed about Michelle from Marketing, and excited about SolidWorks World

SolidWorks World 2010 CSWP Event Sneak Peak – Live music? Min-Dirt Truck Racing? Whatever it is, if it’s anything like last year’s event, you’ll want to be there.

Vuuch on CADCAMNET.TV – Chris Williams from Vuuch tells what Vuuch mean, what it does and why it’s important. Go ahead, get Vuuched. About halfway through the episode.

MasterCAM X4 is Released! – Get excited about CNC folks. The new version of MasterCAM is out with multi-threading, a load of enhancements, plus MaterCAM for SolidWorks that puts CAM right inside the model.

Desktop Factory Feels the CRUNCH – Nope they haven’t ben TechCrunched although they could use it. Cashflow issues continue for the Desktop Printer Maker and it’s looking like you won’t be seeing one anytime soon.

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.