Don your favorite bath robe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this weekend’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

This week we saw everything from a sneak peek of what to expect from the soon-to-be-released OnShape to a behind-the-scenes look at the complicated modeling involved with making the LEGO Movie, as well as what’s been cookin’ at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop and more.

So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.

Why Onshape Is Developing a New CAD System (and Five Reasons This is Just the Beginning)

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“It’s been a forest of quiet chirps, gentle rains and hidden high fives in Cambridge, MA, headquarters of Onshape. The company launched quietly in 2012 as Belmont Technology Inc. and started turning heads with an all-star roster of CAD industry elite…”

New MakerBot Kit for MODO Connects MODO Users to MakerBot’s Cloud Libraries

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“Rather than unveiling any new hardware last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) in Las Vegas, MakerBot quietly announced a wide array of ecosystem updates to make their platform more useful to a wider variety of users…”

The Senvol Database is Your One-Stop Shop for 3D Printers and Material Specs

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“Senvol has been a company on our radar for the past two years. Started by Wharton grads Zach Simkins and Annie Wang, Senvol’s original intention was to help companies find uses for 3D Printing outside of just rapid prototyping, identifying uses like producing discontinued OEM parts or finding parts that could be more cheaply manufactured by 3D Printing.”

“Creating the Bricks” Goes Behind the Scenes of Modeling The LEGO Movie

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“As far as animated movies go, The LEGO Movie ranks high on the list for not just simply having a great story, but also its impressive use of CG and the fact that everything – including water, explosions, smoke and landscapes – are actual LEGO bricks. Of course, creating a feature-length film of walking and talking LEGO toys isn’t without its challenges…”

MarkForged Finds First Official Reseller for the Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D Printer

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“It’s been almost a year since we’ve heard from Greg Mark, founder of MarkForged and creator of the Mark One carbon fiber 3D printer. When we ran into him at SolidWorks World 2014 last year, his 3D printer was the talk of the show and had SolidWorks executives including Gian Paolo Bassi talking about the printer on the show’s keynote main stage…”

New Images of the Latest Project Ara Modular Smartphone Prototype

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“Designed to be used by “six billion people” and starting at just $50 USD for a starter kit, Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone is designed to be iterated on by “hundreds of thousands of developers” and sold similar to how the Google Play store is structured – however for hardware rather than media and apps…”

The Original 1984 Macintosh Meets 2014’s Macbook Air in Hybrid Design Concept

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“For anybody who can remember using an original Macintosh computer in the 1980s and early 1990s, few could argue that today’s Apple lineup of computers bares any resemblance to the early computers that helped make Apple a household name…”

See It Now: SolidWorks World Trailer, Top Ten List & SWW15 Keynote Speakers

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“The second week of February is coming up, which means last minute plans for Valentine’s Day, Bacon Week and the SolidWorks World Conference. On February 8-11, SolidSmack will be in Phoenix, AZ covering the event, whilst avoiding rattlesnakes, rabid prairie dogs and (having good intentions of) ensuring everyone drinks and talks SolidWorks responsibly. With three weeks to go, SolidWorks is making final preparations for the throngs of thousands who will be attending the shindig…”

Share a Radical 3D Printing Technology Idea and Win a 3D Printer from Youmagine

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“Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘3D Printing is cool, but there’s got to be a better way of making XYZ’?”

Incredible ‘Blooming’ 3D Printed Sculptures Created at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop

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“Although we’ve seen and heard a lot about what Autodesk’s Pier 9 workshop is capable of producing, we’ve been yet to see a whole lot of what has actually been done there. If these sculptures from John Edmark, one of Pier 9’s Artists-in-Residence are any indication, it looks like they’re up to a whole lot of good…”

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