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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.

Have you ever had a question about SolidWorks you think nobody can answer? Here’s your chance. Some of you may be going to SolidWorks World 2008. One of the sessions is called Stump the Chump, hosted by Ben over at SolidMentor, where a panel of SolidWorks Bloggers, Matt Lombard, Rob Rodriguez, Ricky Jordan, Lou Gallo,…

If CAD was like drumming… the Swiss would be the 3D pummeling force of a 5000 lb. gorilla. I lived in Basel for a little bit, but didn’t get to see the Top Secret Drum Corps. If you like drums and junk, you’ll love this. This is exactly what I would be doing if I…

In a recent poll I held, some of you were waiting to upgrade to SolidWorks 2008 till SP1.0 came out. Psst, hey, it’s out. Whatcha waiting for?I just installed it with the Installation Manager and had no problems at all on my XP machine besides what Jason also came across with the full installation download.…

Register for SolidWorks World…check, Get free weird Lookin’ mouse…cheeeck. The quickest 100 people who register for SolidWorks World here will get a shiny new Space Navigator 3D mouse. Just look at it in it’s ubiquitous model-manipulating glory. It cost $59 retail. You could swap that for half a barrel of oil or 11.8 cups of…

I’m not to keen on Macs, even though I was raised on them years ago, along with meat, potatoes and iodized salt. You may have seen the Apple ads on TV. Now you may start seeing some even more creative ones online. Macs don’t run SolidWorks (for shame), but you can’t beat a good ad,…

I’ve hired Burt Reynolds to convince you to chip into a fund to buy my wonderfully supportive and extremely cool wife a Dell XPS. Here’s the video from Burt. Mad-cap Consumerism at its best This is actually a pretty cool promotion from Dell. Get someone famous to convince people to chip in and buy you…

Keep the video game addicts back. There’s a new game (about to be) in town. Crayon Physics. A game where you draw 2D shapes that turn into physical objects to do your bidding and solve the puzzles. Yeah, I know it’s 2D, but I’d call it Cool-D. That’s like 50 levels above 2D. Check out…

In case you’ve made a comment and didn’t see it show up, hold tight. I am using a shiny new plugin called Defensio that tightens and controls the spaminess of comments. It’s in the process of learning so it may accidently quarantine a comment here or there. If you have a Wordpress blog, I highly…

I love the industrial, mechanized late 18th century kinda look. That whole LXG or hellboy visual of a bunch of mechanized parts and oversized components that give something a rough and gritty but highly engineered feel. Love it. That’s why you gotta check out SteamPunk’s Flat Panel LCD Mod. It’s everything an avid collector of…

I’ve had a poll up for a couple months to see when you plan on upgrading to SolidWorks 2008. It was started during pre-release and SP 0.1 is the latest Service Pack. To date, there’s been 151 responses and it seems close between those that already have upgraded and those waiting for bugs to be…

Do you remember those little prizes in Cracker Jacks you could flip back and forth and see two different pictures? The team down at Big3D have been busy making a much more complicated, 98 foot wide by 13 foot tall one of those. The Lenticular Mural at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas…

The title of the post is actually a post I’ve been working on, thinking about and contemplating since the iPhone came out… then, BLAM! all of a sudden SolidWorks Labs goes and announces Drawings Now available on the iPhone. Thanks guys. you’ve ruined hours of coming up with the future of CAD and thinking of…

Free 3D modeling software. Yep, that’s right Joe Lichtenberg announced at 10:54 am on the SpaceClaim Blog that you can download the Release Canidate for SpaceClaim 2007+ right here. Just fill out a short form and it’s all yours for the taking… and feedbacking. The goal of the program is to gain feedback from you,…

If you’re thinking of switching to SolidWorks, this deal may entice you a little. If you’re buying SolidWorks before November 30th, you’ll get a $500 coupon for one of those fancy Dell Precision Workstations. Not too bad if you’ve been waiting for a good deal to come along.

If you’ve read my about page, you know I’m into drums, but few know I’m also a great appreciator of fine beat box break beats. Don’t know what that is? See below for the phenom Beardyman. For some more electrifying beat mix scratchy flicky bits check out beardyman.co.uk or check out my Drum Scratch Station…

So what if you could go to an island that was 24/7 SolidWorks fun in the sun? Would you go? Well SolidWorks Labs has given you the opportunity for you to make the most of your life online by creating their very own island paradise on Second Life. I have really tried to avoid Second…

As if joining in the fun, is not enough, in one of the SolidWorks Tech Alerts, Greg at SolidWorks has asked you to “Joing” them for “SolidWorks Workd” coming up on January 20-23 in San Diego, CA. Greg, that sounds like alot more fun. I wasn’t sure about going before, but since you put it…