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 new desktop manufacturing device that blew past its Kickstarter goal to a new analog measuring tool that creates real-time 3D models on a digital device using the live measurements and more.

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

Carvey: New Desktop Manufacturing Machine Shoots Past Kickstarter Funding Goal in Minutes

“Inventables, a department store-like supplier for those who invent physical objects has released their first personally-designed product this morning on Kickstarter in the form of Carvey….”


Joris Laarman’s Open Source Chair is Now Available to Download and Print

“When bringing up the topic of digitally fabricated furniture, it’s difficult to not bring up Joris Laarman’s infamous Bone Chair (which is one part of an entire Bone Furniture collection). The bone structure-inspired chair, which was among the first and most unique experiments in applying digital fabrication techniques to furniture, still sits in museums and galleries today as an early example of how digital fabrication can aid in the final aesthetic of furniture design, among other new ideas….”


These New Analog Measuring Tools Create Real-Time Digital 3D Models

“While modern CAD tools have made the product design workflow easier than ever (depending on who you ask), the need for more simple tools including sketchbooks, a favorite pen and even a ball of clay and calipers are still essential tools on a product design or engineer’s desktop…”


The ‘bottleLoft’ Hangs Bottles From Your Fridge Ceiling With Magnets. Here’s How.

“Necessity is the mother of invention some might say and the need to make optimum utilization of the limited space available in the refrigerator has given birth to many a great invention, such as this amazing new bottleLoft by product designer Brian Conti….”


SolidWorks Hump Day Tips 09: Creating Flexible Assemblies

“One of the most exciting (or frustrating!) parts of working in SolidWorks is finding new ways of doing the same thing. Oftentimes this can come in the form of finding a new tool or feature that rapidly speeds up your workflow and prevents unnecessary work…”


‘Knowing Bill Moggridge’: A Conversation Between Karin Moggridge & Mike Nuttall

“Having been the designer of the world’s first laptop computer and co-founding one of the world’s leading design firms, IDEO, Bill Moggridge’s life is as colorful as they come for those in the field of designing human experiences…”


Behind the Design: The Rogue C6 Intelligent Urban Bicycle

“It’s no secret that the ‘urban bicycle’ is a hot topic in bicycle design circles. With the rising popularity of the recent Oregon Manifest–an annual nationwide competition that pairs design firms with small bicycle fabricators to create the ‘ultimate’ urban bicycle–along with a host of bike-related infrastructure developments, urban cycling is on the forefront of a new revolution…”