Don your favorite bath robe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this weekend’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.
This week we saw everything from technology-inspired mandalas to a power saw outfitted with shark teeth and…an opportunity to have your product design manufactured in space?
So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.
Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.
“We’ve been hearing quite a bit about Simplify3D, a complete software package for slicing 3D models for printing. With features like simulated slicing (to see where printing might be a problem), Mesh-repair, oodles of pre-configured settings for different machines, tutorials and a very active community, hobbyists and prosumers can count on Simplify3D for an easier 3D Printing experience…”
“Commonly seen in Hinduism, Buddhism and Phish concerts, mandalas are usually made of colorful threads or even sand in overwhelmingly complex patterns to express a religious reverence for the infinite beauty of the Cosmos. More recently, Italian artist Leonardo Ulian has been putting a very different spin on the age-old tradition by soldering capacitors, ICs and transistors without sacrificing their familiar geometric form and balance…”
“Morphi is a free iPad app that allows users to quickly design and print items using touch alone; targeting younger people to inspire interest in design for all things 3D and artists/designers interested in taking a new approach…”
“Ever since the first iPad came out in 2010, professionals and amateurs alike have been using the touchscreen tablet as a portable digital sketchbook with mixed results. While some professional designers who were already well-versed with creating eye-popping sketches have been able to use the tablet with relative ease, the unpredictable nature of line weights and lack of screen size has also made sketching on an iPad cumbersome for many…”
“While it’s common for blade marketers to use some form of shark imagery or “SharkSaw” terminology in their otherwise metal-based products, we’ve been yet to see an actual saw blade that really is, in biological makeup, real shark teeth…”
“After having first obtained a diploma in interior design and later one in industrial design, French industrial designer Jean Louis Iratzoki naturally fell into a career that focuses on designing modern furniture for brands both large and small, including those centered around wood, bioplastic, metal and even chocolate manufacturing. Regardless of where his project briefs come from though, it is perhaps his unique location for a workshop that stands out the most…”
“American Wrench and William “Iron Bill” Shatner have teamed up to create the Rivet, a type of vehicle they have called a ‘Landjet’. “Designed from the ground up as a 3 wheeled vehicle, with its exposed cockpit and command center, seating fit only for a captain and the harmonious roar of its brute V8, piloting Rivet gives you the feeling of flying on the open road.”..”
“Although the upcoming Apple Watch will certainly have a few bells and whistles that will turn legions of fanboys into an army of Dick Tracys, it is not the first watch that Apple has ever made…and we’re not counting your iPhone, either…”
“It was just this week that rumors started circulating about an upcoming Apple-designed stylus to coincide with their also-rumored 12.9 inch professional iPad known for the time being as the iPad Pro. Sadly, iOS users who are looking for a more portable sketching and work experience will have to wait…however Android users who love to sketch digitally now have two new tablet offerings with the HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12…”
“Does anybody know anything about handrail clamps? PDM/Engineering Community GrabCAD just announced that they are doing a Design Challenge with NASA, asking the World to come up with a Handrail Clamp Assembly that will be 3D Printed on the ISS for use…”