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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…

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…