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The SolidSmack Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff is GO. This short video features some of the coolest finds we’ve discovered on the web this week.

This week we look at:

DESIGN
Micro 3D Printer – The Micro is the new $300 3D printer hit on Kickstarter that exceeded its $50,000 goal in a matter of minutes! This wee desktop 3D printer uses the standard 1.75 mm filament commonly seen in other desktop 3D printers with a 50 to 350 micron layer resolution. Get in on the ground floor and check it out over at Kickstarter.

Wood Casting Furniture – If you love that classy metal and wood aesthetic, you really need to check out the ‘Wood Casting Series’ from Israeli designer Hilla Shamia. After placing a log at the bottom of a cast, Hilla pours molten aluminum directly onto the wood that burns the outer surface of the wood and creates the legs for the tables and benches in the collection. Very cool indeed. Check it out over at HillaShamia.com.

APPS
ID Cards – The IDSA—or—Industrial Design Society of America—has released their popular iD cards in a free app! These cards aim to standardize the language used during the product development process such as sketching, model-making, prototypes, manufacturing processes and more. Previously offered as physical cards, this iOS version will be super handy in your pocket for the price of free… why not? Check it out on iTunes!

Wilson Smart Basketball – Well, the overhaul of making ordinary objects ‘smart objects’ has found it’s way into creating the world’s first ‘smart basketball’ from Wilson. The SportIQ features built-in tracking sensors that allows a user to track data such as shooting percentage, shot types, shot locations, and more all from the included app. No word yet on price but if you’re trying to perfect your game, check it out at SportIQ.fi.

DIY
3D Printed Tools – A California-based engineer by the name of Angry Monk is aiming to create an entire toolbox of 3D printed tools… and he’s starting with both a dial caliper and a tape measure. These impressive free files are 100% 3D printed… meaning that even the measuring tape itself is a series of 52 1-inch 3D printed links. Start building your collection early and check them out over at Thingiverse.

DIY Croquet – Well, the spring weather is finally here and we all know what that means: more time outside with the grill and of course, long games of croquet! This year consider making your own croquet set including mallets, balls, and stakes with this step by step tutorial from DoItYourself.com. CROKET BABY!! The project is centered around using hand tools so it’s also the perfect way to get the youngun’s busy as well. Check it out at DoItYourself.com.

ROCK AWESOMENESS
Alphabet Sandwich – Despite the human mouth only being able to open a certain amount, the need to create massively tall sandwiches that strain your jaws will always exist. DudeFoods has created what might be one of the tallest sandwiches ever though with their Alphabet sandwich. Featuring a stack of 26 ingredients representing individual letters of the alphabet, this sandwich is certainly a gargantuan tower of gluttony. See it DudeFoods.com.

Silicon Valley – Silicon Valley is the new comedy from Mike Judge (you know…the guy that made Office Space) that premiered this past Sunday on HBO. It’s an Office Space-like show that pokes fun at Silicon Valley culture and the ins and outs of working in the world of tech. The season premiere is on YouTube for free.

And there you have it! Send your cool tool finds to smoth@www.solidsmack.com, sign up for our newsletter there in the sidebar or ask us a question in the comments or via email about diy, design, tech or anything else. Smoth would love to help.

Author

Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.