Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee, and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, and more. 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.

How Onshape Changes Traditional CAD – Real-Time Deployment

Onshape is the first full, cloud-based CAD platform. Sure, it makes it independent of hardware or operating system, but more important is 1) deployment – get someone started in seconds – and 2) access – anywhere, anytime, on any device. Less time wasted. No downloading service packs and configuring laptops. Those days… gone.


Watch the Mesmerizing Process of Crafting a Hand-Carved Canoe

When it comes to summertime activities, few things beat a lazy ride around a lake or down a creek in a canoe. And while today you can fetch a decent newer model for anywhere from $500-$2000, nothing beats the beauty and craftsmanship of a traditional dugout canoe.


Behind the Design: The Tenderwood Cushioned Wood Bench

When it comes to some of the more exciting developments in product design, oftentimes it comes down to simply looking at new ways of manipulating old materials rather than seeking out new ones.


This Dude Made His Own iPhone From Scratch…and it Works!

“Shenzhen, China is my new obsession,” he explains. “I’ve been spending a ton of time here in the past year and a half. I feel like I’m just starting to scratch the surface. It’s been called the workshop and factory of the world. There is so much to discover tucked away in corners of industrial markets and down back alleys.”


Product Design in Practice: Mobile Solar Charger Prototype

The series captures the process of creating a working prototype for a solar charger power bank – The Solar Vox Ultra. (Nice name, huh?) We’ll go over the design process I follow to design and refine the concept into the final product and build a working prototype of the device. I hope you’ll join me! Here are the first two videos of the series.


Watch a Skilled Woodworker Create Fibonacci Spirals with Wood Shavings

As the story goes, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo was a young man in his twenties during the year 1202. A member of a prominent local trading family, he spent a lot of time traveling to the Middle East. During his travels to the Arabic countries, he became enamored by the mathematical ideas and formulas used in commerce. Later in his life, he would publish a book on mathematics called Liber Abaci, and would soon come to be known as Fibonacci, creator of the Fibonacci Sequence.