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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…

For all you crazy people going to SolidWorks World 2008 and want to know what to expect, the (partial) agenda has been posted. Hit the Click Here button at the top of the Agenda Overview. Looks like there’s plenty to get your fingers into. I’m thinking “Stump the Chump” in Tips and Tricks sounds like…

I’m feeling sick today. The kind of sick where your head weighs 5 times the rest of your body. So if you try to contact me you’ll probably get one of these replies. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Be prepared…

Well, we’re finally at that point in time that SolidWorks releases Service Pack 0.0 of the highly anticipated 2008 version. You’ll be receiving a nice box in 2-4 weeks with hopefully another notepad, but you can of course download it with the speed and agility of the improved Download Manager directly from SolidWorks. via

So maybe I’ve said something that has really upset you or I didn’t respond to an email right away. I’m terribly sorry. I should be flogged very lightly with a chair rake stick. But instead I give you the opportunity to take out your rage on the website or to reduce some stress you may…

A wife that loves you like crazy. It’s her birthday today. 🙂 I’ll tell you right now, there’s no better way to state the exactness of what “a meaningful life” can be, besides saying, the friendship that is formed and shared with a spouse is the most powerful elemental necessity in life and that any…

There’s been some interesting things going on the past week. Here’s some links you may find interesting and the one of the best from last week here on SolidSmack Interesting Posts SolidWorks Super User’s Group – Matt Lombard and Rob Rodriguez report the Central Mass/Norther CT User’s Group is getting a visit from the SolidWorks…

While the Northern Hemisphere is getting ready for SolidWorks World 2008, our friends on the Southern Hemisphere are getting ready for SolidWorks World 2007. The SolidWorks 2007 International Users Conference,hosted by InterCAD, a SolidWorks reseller, is being held in Melbourne, Australia on September 10th, 2007. It runs shorter than the User Conference in the States…

I have absolutely no interest in golf. Before you choke or stop reading the blog, It’s not that I don’t like it, I’ve just never really played. My excuse is that I’m left-handed… which is working less and less each time I’m asked to play. For the first time since 1994, the PGA Championship is…

You may be interested to know that SolidWorks PR 1 is available for download. This is the step before the final release and is intended to be used in a production environment to test for quality. If you’re going to use it in production, be sure to make back-ups of whatever you try it on…

Most everyone has posted about SolidWorks World 2008 and Mike Puckett has given a really good breakdown of what to expect. I’d just like to add two things: Three for the price of two You can get a ‘Three for the Price of Two’ pass here. That’s a savings of $795 smackers you could use…

Today, my little boy is turning 1 year old. I extremely excited and just can’t help but tell you all and show you some photos. His name is Sebastian Alexander and he’s a bubble of fun. He’s taken over our personal blog at joshandmaggie.com where there are some videos also. Here’s some photos. Custest Boy…

I was going to wait and have some links from this site in the Friday Smackdowns, but there’s just so much good stuff I thought it deserved a post of it’s own. If design matters to you at all or you’re interested in color, art or just making things look good you need to check…

On August 4-5 Team SolidWorks will be going on a bike ride to support a cure for cancer. SolidWorks started officially doing this in 2002 and will ride with a team of over 70 people this year. Their goal is to raise 500,000, a goal they nearly achieved last year. I’m usually not into this…

This is so off topic it’s rediculous, but it’s the weekend. Two of my favorite movies are Goonies and Pirates of the Carribean. Now, imagine if they were mixed together? Don’t imagine skallywag. watch the trailer!

I have no idea. This is the funniest video I’ve seen in so long. Leave it to the Japanese to make American television look boring. Basically, contestants have to contort their bodies into weird shapes to avoid being hit by huge blocks of Styrofoam that come flying at them or else be pushed into a…

Some artist are having their designs put onto the bottom of skateboards with a laser. I love to skateboard and my last board had a really cool tattoo graphic on it done by my brother. I almost didn’t want to skate it… but I did. I ended up breaking it. I was actually kind of…

SolidWorks sent out their press release today for SolidWorks 2008. It’s currently in the last stages of Beta and can be purchased, but there is no published timeline of when it starts to ship. Some may not think so, but I see a lot of benifits coming out in this release. I also see where…

The SolidWorks Users Group Network site has put up a page listing the bloggers within the community. Lovingly called “the blog squad,” they are the ones that you’ll usually find over in the sidebar links on any of the blogs. There’s good info and personal insight into a lot of the different applications SolidWorks is…

Today, SolidWorks launched the final Beta version of 2008. This means the launch is right around the corner and it’s the last chance you’ll have to get in on the beta testing. You can be assured that there will be a whole slew of news, podcasts, and video coming out so keep your feeds running…

I was on a trip recently and pulled off into a gas station when I saw this incredible beast of a truck pull up next to me. It had sponsorship decals all over it and down on the passenger side door I saw the good ‘ol SolidWorks logo. I was wondering what the relationship was…

What happens when you take an artist, turn him into a software developer and stir in some Java OpenGL? Answer: Mark Napier and some funky looking stuff Play with some of the links on the right side at his site. I made this with one of his programs. Now this isn’t done in SolidWorks, but…

In the states here, it’s Memorial day. Our three-day weekend we turn into four, our day we mow the lawn or paint that last wall. I want to thank my grandfathers that fought, bleed, cried, laughed, went to serve, came home to live and helped me never have to wonder what it is to be…

We’ll I said there just might be something about ninjas on this site. You might as well forget about the fancy, schmancy algorithmic based modeling technology coming out. This has the potential of changing everything. Listen as ninja enlightens you on the SUPERIORITY of TechNINlogy.