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Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this weekend’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader. This week we saw everything from a multi-angled review of the new iPad Pro from the perpsective of an industrial designer, a new 3D scanning directory from SketchFab, a Star Wars takeover on our Google accounts, a portable solution…

We fell through the clouds. It wasn’t as if we hadn’t done it before, but this time, amidst the flurry of the cottony innards expelled from a bio-hatch explosion, there were enough obstacles to keep us in freefall with the full expectation we would eventually come face-to-face with these links. Eric Lloyd Brown – Just your plain…

Considered by many to be among the best desktop 3D printers for creating high resolution parts, the SLA-based Form 1+ from FormLabs is also unique in that it is capable of using a variety of resin materials to satisfy different print needs. Currently, the FormLabs lineup of resin materials – which come in 1-liter bottles…

Of all of the ‘futuristic’ gadgets that popular culture has dangled in front of consumers without the satisfaction of it being real, the Back to the Future hoverboard (okay, and self-lacing shoes) rank among the highest in the list. While we’ve seen various attempts to create hoverboards over the years – as evidenced by a…

Between the latest developments behind the HoloLens to the announcement of their Internet Explorer replacement product, it’s already been a busy couple of days for Microsoft at their annual Build Developer Conference, which runs from April 29th through May 1st in San Francisco. Of course, the conference wouldn’t be complete without some updates on Windows…

Looking at incredible structures such as the Sphinx in Egypt or the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci’s self propelled cart, it’s even more impressive when you think about the rudimentary resources that the designers had hundreds and even thousands of years ago. Today, we have highly sophisticated tools like CAD software and rapid prototyping to…

Aside from great museums, pizza slices and crazy food-hybrids, NYC has always had something else going for it: it’s very 3D print-friendly. Among other things, NYC’s SoHo shopping district was the first to see a MakerBot Retail Store – a first of its kind – and nearby Brooklyn is the home to many hardware startups…

If you’re an industrial designer, engineer or have any interest in manufacturing, then this is one event that you’re surely not going to want to miss. The Design for Manufacturing Summit is a one-day event that hyper-focuses on “Connecting industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers and manufacturers for a more decentralized, leaner manufacturing ecosystem”. Trust…

After months of speculation, rumors and various tidbits surrounding “the future of CAD”, Onshape – the browser-based parametric CAD program that’s been in the works for years now – is finally live. Founded by SolidWorks founder Jon Hirschtick and a team of ex-SolidWorks corporate all-stars, the free (yes – free) program is being hailed by…

Hold onto your anodized aluminum hats and bring out the foamcore piñatas! Today, March 5, 2015 is being recognized as the very first National Industrial Design Day. According to the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) – who are also celebrating their 50th anniversary today – U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly declared that industrial design…