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There’s nothing better that staying up all night playing video games with your favorite robot friend, unless your robot friend is actually made of Legos and gets you cold beverages from the fridge. If you browse Flickr for SolidWorks Photos, you’ll occasionally come across some outstanding models and renderings. These Lego renderings by Bob Van…

It’s both parametrically intense and oddly invigorating to look at. It’s like jumping in the air through a small hole and coming out on the other side with all the knowledge of perspective while marching rhythmically outside the confines of an inverted parallelogram. What is it? Surrealism. An artistic expression of the early 1900’s that…

I’m lovin’ me some algorithms. I’ve actually become so interested in them it’s affected my posting frequency and I’m starting to see domino-like creatures forming beautiful patterns in my numerically challenged nightmares. An algorithmic approach to design. Boring huh? Well, the results these patterns of numerical data create are the most amazingly fluid and kinetically…

3D online maps are so yesterday, and so is the news of Google’s new web-based 3D Virtual World, but after looking into it more, I had to let all of you interested in 3D and CAD know what the possibilities could be. You may know about the popular Virtual World SecondLife. It’s a full-featured World…

Lena Gieseke has taken Picasso Guernica and transformed it into a version of the painting that will leave you deeply immersed in the canvas of the Cubist master, Picasso. Guernica has got to be incredible to see up close (it’s currently at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain), But when you look at it…

I’ve been playing with the Spore 3D Creature Creator for the past couple days and I gotta say it is one of the funnest, most addictive ways to create creatures that I’ve ever seen. Not only that, the 3D controls and manipulation are just amazing. It’s drag-n-drop-n-modify creature makin’ hilarity at it’s best… and it’s…

If you look over the edge of your coffee cup you’ll notice everything is going 3D. There’s more news about 3D maps, 3D TV’s and 3D games than ever before. Then I see this article from the January 1931 issue of Modern Mechanix about a 17,000 sq. ft. model of what modern day (1980) New…

The Google I/O conference is in full swing with all sorts of goodies coming out. But, what’s really cool and going to affect how you view the world and map-based web apps in the future is the announcement of the Google Earth browser plugin. No longer will you be isolated to two dimensions of movement…

There’s not enough explodin’ stuff in CAD these days. It’s all sketch this, extrude that. So, when I saw this, I just had to show it to you. Some of the 3D visualization out there just amaze me. But this video, blows my mind. “TSNStudio’s Extreme Loading® is an engineered simulation technology originally designed for…

Out of NOWHERE, your overwhelming hunger to stack colorful blocks, creating cities and worlds unknown… has been satiated. CubeScape puts the ability in the tip of your mouse-clickin’ finger to build isometric creations, watch replays, and then save it to share your mad creation with others. Cameron Adams of The man in Blue came up…

Maybe it’s not fair, but I thought it would be a little fun to compare the conversation of SolidWorks vs. AutoCAD happening on Twitter. I used an amazing tool that data visualization ar-teest, Jeff Clark, has come up with called Twitter Spectrum. It’s a visualization of the words used in two topics you enter into…

You’ll want to read Wiring Up an Event if you’re interested in the least, what is starting to come about in the the CAD world as it relates to the Web and the realm of social media. You’ve seen my post about Why I like Twitter and while Blogs and RSS are still a mystery…

It’s new and shiny and doesn’t hurt, plus… The conversation is happening there You find out stuff before anyone else You have access to people you normally wouldn’t I’ve meet a lot of people and a lot of SolidWorks users I’ve found new CAD related and SolidWorks Blogs (see below) It’s pretty amazing when you…

Allright, I’ve found something that will keep you up all night or keep the kiddos entertained for 8 minutes longer than usual. It’s called LineRider and you create a world of ramps, hills, valleys and obstacles to send a tiny sledder down until he flies of falls to his demise. Amazing simple and fun. Here’s…

OK, completely non-relevant and completely having nothing to do with 3D CAD, but hen also having everything to do with cool. C’mon! Ed Norton and Tim Roth turning into two huge beasties battling it out?! There’s probably some 3D mechanical laser scanning something or other so… relevancy achieved. It’s in HD, so let it load.…

Just about everybody wishes SolidWorks could do this or that or complains that it doesn’t do something really cool. I could throw down a list of things I don’t like, but that’s just makes the selection of fresh organic produce seem even worse than it actually is. Which is actually better than the selection of…

I came across what is probably the most interesting job title I’ve seen associated with SolidWorks. A SolidWorks Visualiser. It’s on a job posting out of Northern England and is listed in the Creative Media Industry. The pay for this is 25k-30k pounds (50k-60k USD) full-time. The job description reads like a typical engineering position.…

If you do a lot of searching for photos or just like better ways to search for things I think you’ll like these two plugins from Cooliris. PicLens PicLens is an incredibly slick and easy way to search and view images. You can search Google, Yahoo, Flickr, PhotoBucket, DiviantArt and some others. What would be…

That crazy orange SolidWorks Real logo is at it again and I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep till I find some answers. If you get the SolidWorks Express Newsletter, it probably popped up in your inbox yesterday around 9:58 a.m. when your at the peak of efficiency. They have a nice photo of…

I’m really enjoying the Nikon D40 I purchase a little while back. I was going to check out the new D60 and saw Nikon had a really slick new interface for the Nikon USA site. The photos kinda hover ethereally in space until you move the pointer over them. When you click one, the photo…

I can’t help it. It’s rare you take a day off and come home with a baby girl. Isabella Grace – 8lbs 3oz – 20.5″ – No tattoos You can see more photos on our personal site or flickr site I’m stoked. I think she’ll be in charge of graphics and letting me know when…

Some of you might know my wife Maggie is about to have a baby. Looks like it’s about that time. Forgive the absence of enlightening posts for, ya know, at least a few hours. UPDATE: Woo! a Baby girl! Name: Isabella Grace Born: Thursday, February 21st, 9:31 am Weight: 8 lbs 3.5 oz Length: 20.5…

Who makes a commercial with creepy little monochromatic people anyway? The SolidWorks parent company Dassault Systemes does. And while it has the feel of that movie where the guy brings that little clay man to life, it’s very cool. Dassault Systemes Future of 3D Commercial from Solidsmack on Vimeo. They showed this at SolidWorks World…

Something really cool just happened today. I guy I hung out with in Switzerland IM’d me and said, ‘The first 20 shirts are printed and sold!!’ He just had twenty screen-printed shirts made of a design he created and proceeded to sell them all. No big deal right? Well, he’s wanted to do this since…

I’m feeling kind of queezy right now. You would think I received a gory email forward from a friend when I’ve actually just listened to the original studio recording of ‘Running With the Devil’ by Van Halen… minus the background vocals and music; pure David Lee Roth bliss. If you can scream like that, I…

I know all you engineers out there are hardcore graffiti artist, but feel conflicted over vandalizing your place of employment. That’s why you need to see this. Graffiti artist DAIM is part of the “Tagged in Motion” project to create virtual free-floating 3D graffiti. That’s right kiddo’s, railroad cars and abandoned buildings are no longer…

Time for Vodka, cigars and feedback. If you’re a customer that is in regular contact with SolidWorks you may have received an email inviting you to be part of a private SolidWorks community called Real Insights. It’s hosted by Communispace who set up these cozy communes to allow companies to interact with a select group…

Besides the fact that this site is cooler and less frightening than rabid cyclops kittens, subscribing to SolidSmack will allow you to automatically receive every new article whenever they are published. This provides a great deal of convenience for you, because you won’t even have to visit this website to access all the latest articles…

3DCadNews just broke that they are in the know on the Special Guest at SolidWorks World. If you guess correctly, you’ll win a cheap dinner and be part of causing pandemonium at SolidWorks HQ. Here’s the clues so far… Clue 1: Clark Kent thinks he has eyeglasses to die for Clue 2: He’s a Man…

Days and nights of sitting in front of a computer can be very hard on the ol’ melon. The low droning buzz of the fluorescents is enough to make you go completely mad and your ipod just ran out of juice. Fortunately, the interweb has had little radio babies with endless hours of streaming tunage…

Ok, so I’m chillin’ over at RockSolid with Jason and he’s like, “Do you need a Free Pass for SolidWorks World 2008 that’ll get you into the general sessions, Sunday and Monday receptions and the Exhibit Hall? Tacton is providing them… for FREE!” “First,” I said, “Let’s get some burgers, play some Guitar Hero, and…

9 days ago SP1.1 came out. Fixed a few minor things. I’m in the process of upgrading to EV (Early Visibility) 2.0 and so far things are going well. For one, I’m not having to download the whole install, just a measly 1 GB. If you’re on the EV list and notice anything hit the…

I’m working in an assembly with just over 1300 parts and most of them are not in sub-assemblies, which means my Feature Manager is gets pretty long and messy looking. Now I usually will put things in folders, group things together and eventually end up with a pretty organized structure that looks good in a…

You see it in your kids all the time as they sit there tearing the vacuum cleaner apart or tapping small gears and wheels to the cat. A lot of kid’s seem to have an innate sense of mechanics and what-will-happen-if-I-do-this? These commercials put out by Hydro on Norwegian television are perfect example. Their phrase:…

So some of us got on the phone and gabbed about SolidWorks World and the ensuing riot that will be the “Stump the Chumps” Session, courtesy Ben Edie. You can hear the interaction among us here (Episode 127). I’ve never met these guys, but we’ll all be together on stage as you challenge us to…

Butch, a good friend of mine, just informed me that he was able to access and view SolidSmack from his Windows Mobile device. sweet. That is some good news and I’m glad for Alex King’s Wordpress Mobile Edition plugin to make it all possible. Now you can sneak peeks at the dinner table.