Well, it’s happened. Someone at SolidWorks had a few too many no-doze with NOS chasers (and I’m almost positive) shot through the Concord office with fire spraying from their back screaming, LET’S GO DESIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGN!!!!!!!!! It was effective.

Starting last week, LetsgoDesign.tv is up and running. There’s not any actual video yet, but the tone is set I tell ya, and the boy droppin’ that tone is SolidWorks own Jeremy Luchini. He’s got the idea that you’ll submit an idea and the community will go through the process of making it happen. Sounds like a great idea to me.

It was kicked of with a related project SolidWorks was a part of late last year. An All-electric ’33 Hot Rod. The SolidWorks World attendees got a chance to kick the tires and have their dreams shattered of not being able to ever drive or own one. I did some diggin’ on the project. Here’s the juice.

The 100% Electric SolidWorks ’33 Hot Rod

This car was actually debuted at SEMA 2009 last November and even then had all the makings of (high-pitched voice) ‘killer.’ From the press release last October…

American Hot Rodding Style Plugs Into Space Age Technology at SEMA 2009 as Factory Five Racing, along with corporate partners Solidworks and Amp=D introduce an all-electric powered ’33 Hot Rod.

FactoryFive provided the ’33 kit body and AMP=D slapped in the electric drive system. A drive system that packs 660 ft lbs of instant torque into a 2400 pound car that in turn has given the car a current 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. This time out, for SolidWorks World 2010, it was branded SolidWorks 100% Electric ’33 Hot Rod.

The reveal
So, ok, if you were at SEMA or saw the news previously, seeing it at SolidWorks World wasn’t that big a deal, except that the car did roll up ‘in front’ of you to AC/DC (although skidding onto stage woulda been way cooler – note for next time SolidWorks – danger, smoke, flames.) Here’s how it went down on stage with Jeremy and Dr. Mike North (of Discovery’s Prototype This) giving the introductions…

The speed
I know you’re up for some ear bleed today, so crank the volume, put your noise-isolating earbuds in and listen to the sweet sound of wheel screech. If your eardrums haven’t popped out with a loud spray of blood and fear, the volume isn’t high enough. Begin.

The specs

You can read more on the build and specifics about what SolidWorks provided for the project over at BSN. To sum it up, SolidWorks provided the software and expertise to make the design of the chassis and other bits possible. The ’33 hot-rod body kit is from FactoryFive. That by itself starts ya off at a cool 20k.

Let’s Go Design TV

Now, this brings us to Let’s Go Design TV. Some initial ideas you’ll see on the site are a Collapsible Commuter Vehicle, the Ultimate Office Chair, or a Search and Rescue ATV. None of those involve ninjas, robots, food harvesting, organ harvesting or spring-loaded laser batteries. (Yes, you launch a missile battery of lasers with an unreasonable amount of high-tension springs, then fire the laser… way, Way, WAY more lethal.)

All I know is SolidWorks has SmallArmy doing the video production behind this ( I think.) That’s the same team that brought you 3 Dudes Gone 3D so based solely off that, I’d say there will, at the very least, be a reference to ninjas. I bet you have some good ideas, so, as Jeff Ray said before he did a final-keynote backflip off the SolidWorks World 2010 main stage, “Let’s Go Design.”


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.