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When Kickstarter first launched, it was a hotbed for garage hobbyists, indie game developers, and the occasional ‘pro’ who wanted to test the crowdfunding market. More recently, the platform has made its way to more commercial projects that while having been successful, are arguably exploiting an indie-based platform and have led some into a pit…

You have probably seen so many 3D printed corn starch and resin trinkets (BACON!) that you’d like to punch your neck, but before you inflict pain and blood-choking upon yourself, there’s news on the 3D print-for-manufacturing side. And by print-for-manufacturing, I mean, production-ready parts straight from the printer. Stratasys recently announced the availability of new…

The biggest question in my head for years has been this. Can you start a business with a desktop 3D printer? With a nice little Makerbot, or a RepRap and a really useful product design, can I actually be my own, cigar-sucking factory boss? In my own living room, with a bathrobe on? An intriguing…

Ah, the project scope. The crucial document many of us follow as a guideline while we’re designing or engineering the next greatest thing. Its entire existence is to keep the focus by describing in detail the new product’s soon to be features, costs, and milestone dates. Love them or hate them, many of us couldn’t…

I think you know what would happen if you locked an engineer and designer in a room together at the same time with nothing more than a microphone and some bluesy background music. Yeah… they would lock eyes, squeeze their bowels and proceed to have an insightful conversation about design, engineering and other CAD related…

Some people call it a car. I call it pure awesomeness wrapped in a shell of pure awesomeness. It’s a Bugatti Veyron. And since it’s the most expensive car of modern history, it may be slightly challenging to even gaze upon it’s sleek frontal area or run your fingers along it’s hydraulic-powered rear spoiler. Chin…

What’s big, bright and full of light? The SES2 light kit from 9b Studios. If you recall the first Studio Environment Set (SES1) from render rocker Yazan Malkosh, you’ll know awesome, easy-to-use light presets for modo, Microstation and SolidWorks are the name of the game. This version brings in 50 more HDR images spherically mapped…

Well, it’s not every day you come in from towel whipping pigeons, sit down to your computer, swat away a few feathers and find a screen full of fresh SolidWorks video tutorials waiting for you. Today is such a day. Left coast bad-boy Alex Ruiz, who you may know as the SolidWorks Geek, has been…

You know who love students? I mean, really, REALLY loves student? Autodesk. They’re getting all giddy with excitement about their relationship with students (who in the past have been the biggest software pirating extension of the Autodesk marketing plan *ahem*) and making it possible to turn their passion for learning into a passion for all…