Today we’re taking our pet baby octopi out of the tank, lathering on the sunscreen and launching SmackTalk. SmackTalk is the new platform to discuss Design, Engineering and all matters of related awesome.

We’ve wanted a place for people to start discussions and always thought the conversation should be part of the story. More often than not, the conversation around the story is more interesting… until someone posts a funny gif and it all goes completely downhill. Still, we would rather have the funny gifs than no place to talk about it.

We bought MCadForums to make this happen, but ran into hurdles integrating it with SolidSmack. So now, we’re migrating MCadForums, growing the community on a more dynamic platform that will in turn promote discussion about articles before we even post them.

Discuss before Publish

We really don’t have little saying like that plastered around the SolidSmack HQ, but even more important is making your thoughts part of the article, instead of an afterthought to the article–We want it to be the seasoning to the story, instead of the vomit from consuming something we unhygienically whipped up (checked with the lawyers, that’s a totally valid analogy).

Introducing SmackTalk

There are two things that make SmackTalk different. First, instead of a list of categories to choose from, you see conversations as they’re happening. Second, you can create a new topic without having to select a category or be on a certain page.


Before stories are posted on SolidSmack, the source, background and details will be posted on SmackTalk under Smack. This is the place to find and leave tips or breaking news. If there’s something happening in the CAD industry, it will most likely show up here first. All so you can be part of discussing it before we post anything about it.

Start your own Discussion

SmackTalk is all about making it easy to ‘talk’. We also want this to be a place where you can share what you’re working on, projects you would like to get feedback on, questions about software, design, business or your weekend project. We’ll help (or someone who actually knows will help).

There’s a lot more that makes SmackTalk wonderful. You’ll see all the details in the welcome email. Just go to and select Sign Up from the menu to get started.

Lastly, we would love to hear what you think of doing things this way, how we can improve and what you like most.


Josh is founder and editor at, 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.