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plug holes design

You can see them in almost every appliance you own. No, I’m not talking about buttons or switches; I’m talking about those two holes in your electrical plugs. Well, what are those for? I bet you’re thinking that they must have some specific purposes, right? The guy behind Silver Cymbal is just as curious as…

lego everyone is awesome

When you’re a kid, concepts of prejudice and discrimination don’t exist. It is only when we are subject to others that hurtful notions like sexism and racism seep into our subconscious – altering the way we look at the world. The LEGO company is a group that always strives for inclusion, so it’s a wonder…

standing mouse

Though my office chair provides great comfort, there are times I would rather stand whilst working. Think about it: you get better blood flow when you do this. You’ll be more awake and alert which helps you get away from that tempting afternoon nap. Not to just that! Also, consider the amount of exercise your…

making lava lamp

Even though we associate the lava lamp with the 80s and 90s, many don’t realize this tantalizing invention has been around since the 1960s. Imagined by entrepreneur Edward Craven Walker, these lamps took inspiration from an old egg timer made from a liquid-filled cocktail shaker. After seeing it in a pub, Walker took the idea…

https://youtu.be/kbK3oDsvivc Disclaimer: This exercise was purely for experimental and exploratory purposes. Although I hoped that I would gain insights on how to better sketch in perspective by transferring the 2 point cube sketch into SOLIDWORKS, the success of the exercise wasn’t tied to the outcome. Sometimes, it’s fun to try things and follow one’s instinct…

rebar axe

The head of a common axe is usually made from a single, solid piece of metal. Not only does this give the tool a more solid cutting surface; it also provides the axe the weight it needs to be swung properly. This axe by YouTube channel Mr. Inventor may not be the most suitable tool…

Finding the right free 3D modeling software that will fit your current skills and knowledge can be a challenge. For beginners, any type of this software is a tad intimidating. With a variety of software out there, finding a simple one can be truly a bit of work. If you are someone who is just…

casting ice cube

We’ve seen some weird things cast in epoxy resin before, from a Godzilla bust to a McDonald’s cheeseburger, but never have we seen something as delicate as an ice cube encased in the permanent mixture. There is a good reason behind this. Since epoxy casts have to be pressurized to remove the air bubbles inside…

3d printed life hacks

If you’ve recently just bought a new 3D printer, chances are your mind is going berserk thinking about the potentials your new toy has. But hold your horses! Instead of printing something as large and complex as a 3D printer or, dare I say it, a house, you might want to start your new printer…

apple log mug

It’s been a while since we’ve seen some good woodturning projects here on SolidSmack, so let’s take a look at something you can actually use: a coffee mug. Using an apple log as the basis of the project, woodturner Matt Jordan starts his morning by carving out a container for his cup o’ Joe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EDF4g7xpEM…

https://youtu.be/zJXQxtx5e4s The best way to learn something is by a technique called spaced repetition,  flashcards. I’ve made 180 flashcards so that you can pass the Solidworks CSWP with a 100% score like I did. I utilized the following resources to compose the flashcards: -Gabriel Corbett’s Linkedin Learning CSWP course *BONUS: Did you know that…

literal hand axe

Quite possibly the oldest tool in known history that has taken on many forms is the hand axe. You’ve got your various one-sided axes and your double-sided axes (used in Medieval ages and cosplays), but rarely you have seen a hand axe live up to its namesake. The Metalist is a metalworker whose latest work…

miniature japanese tanto

Weapons are cool but do you know what’s even cooler? Making your own weapons! The YouTube channel known only as Koss is dedicated to making all types of handmade weaponry which includes swords, hammers, hatchets, and knives (which are basically smaller swords), just to name a few. In this particular case, the weaponsmith takes an…

jell-o pool

For some weird, unspoken reason, it bet you have dreamt of swimming in a pool of Jell-O before. Perhaps, triggered by subliminal product placement? Or maybe it’s just because swimming in a sea of sweetened gelatin is just something every child (and child at heart) with a sweet tooth would want. Just so you know,…

silviano

I normally don’t use laptop sleeves because, apart from making me look like a snobby, over-age yuppie, they don’t do much else. But that may change with this particular sleeve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObN8RcHIHdQ&ab_channel=BestCrowdfundingCampaigns CHECK IT OUT IN INDIEGOGO At first glance, the Silviano looks as hoity-toity as laptop sleeves get. It’s made from genuine vegan leather sourced…

domik ptashki

The Domik Ptashki (Домик Пташки) is Russian for “bird’s house”. It also just happens to be the name of a birdhouse created by Russian design studio, Dydykin. After studying various natural nesting grounds, artificial birdhouses, and even consulting an ornithologist (“bird expert”), the studio settled on a hollow, egg-shaped, and very unique looking birdhouse. You…

ps5 disassembly

As we draw near to its inevitable November 12 release this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment is doing everything in its power to hype the PlayStation 5. And IT’S WORKING. Their latest effort: having VP of Mechanical Design, Yasuhiro Ootori, bust out his tools and dismantle the console by hand: https://youtu.be/CaAY-jAjm0w Playstation 5 Teardown After a…

VersiCube

Take one look at the VersiCube and a dozen questions start popping in your head: “Is it a toy?” “How does this work?” “It this a miniature cheese grater?” Truth is, not even the creators know the full extent of this little doodad’s capabilities. So what is it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlYsOswoNlY&ab_channel=KADModelsandPrototypes The Versicube was made with three…