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.

OpenKnit is the Open-source Machine for Bespoke Clothing Creation

“It’s a cyberpunk dream to print clothes like vacation photos and TPS reports. Various companies have tried to combine 3D printing with fashion fabrication, like the mildly successful Elctroloom. Cool, but it’s not open-source. However, Gerard Rubio is doing things differently. Inspired by the open-source RepRap 3D printer project and community, along with other digital knit projects, he has brought weaving and 3D printing together with OpenKnit.”


FEBCAD AR­ 3D Modeling Software Lets You Model With Different Shapes

“We’ve been keeping an eye out for VR/AR 3D modeling apps and, surprisingly… there’s not been much activity. Apparently, we’re not in the future yet… yet… yet. There are an increasing number of ways to play in VR, but not so many ways to model in it. FEBCAD AR ­is one of the first that kinda gets us going in that direction, combining AR viewing and interaction into a 3D modeling software that allows you to create right on your desktop.”


20 Product Designers You Should Follow on Instagram Right Now

“Love ’em or just plain don’t have time for ’em, social media platforms are here to stay. While you don’t necessarily need to be an expert at Tweetin’ or Facebookin’, there’s a lot to be gained from staying in contact with old colleagues or finding inspiration for your next side project. Of all of the social media platforms, however, Instagram has become one of the easiest ways to accomplish the basics of sharing and viewing content quickly and easily.”


Keeping it in the Family | The Story Behind Montana-Based Ruana Knives

“In need of extra money to help support his family back in the 1930s, Montana welder Rudy Ruana began making knives on the side in a small garage. Before long, his reputation for high-quality handmade knives spread across the United States and what began as a side hustle to help put food on the family’s table became a thriving family business.”


New Adventures in Package Design: Pizza Boxes Printed with Conductive Ink

“Nobody will blame you if you’ve never taken a moment to think about the hard science behind a simple pizza delivery. After all, paying the driver and eating the pizza is usually the priority in any situation involving pizza.”


ELWN Fit is Exactly How Wireless Earbuds Should Be Designed

“Music. Just what you need to get you through a tough task. It’s why we bring you SolidSmack Radio each week. What’s keeping you from enjoying that? The right pair of headphones. If it’s not tangled wires, it’s battery life. If it’s not battery life, it’s someone yappin’ in your face. The first two issues is what Utah-based ELWN hopes to tackle with their new FIT earbuds. Wireless earbuds, mind you.”