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 Kickstarter project that wants send ‘bits’ of you to space to an update on the latest Photoshop Cloud release and more…

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

New Scott Roberton Book ‘How to Render’ Releasing Friday 11/21

“Before the YouTube explosion of self-produced design sketching tutorials, a large amount of the industrial design, concept art and design engineer community learned how to ‘draw through’ and hone their visual communication skills with concept designer Scott Robertson’s sketching DVDs from the Gnomon Workshop…”


The Floyd Leg Utility Set: Create Your Own Utility Table With Any Tabletop Surface

“After a successful Kickstarter campaign in February of 2014 that saw them raise over $250,000 (with an original goal of $18,000) The Floyd Leg creators have been busy expanding their product line that was born out of the successful Kickstarter campaign…”


MakerBot + Martha Stewart Begin Offering Custom Filament Colors and Downloadable Housewares

“When it comes to adopting new technologies, master homemaker Martha Stewart is up there among the best and most comfortable in not only using the new technologies, but also finding unique ways of using them. Among other methods of adoption, the iconic media personality and lifestyle icon has used a drone to plot out her farm property and has introduced a 3D printing 101 guide to her legion of followers on her website…”


Autodesk’s ‘Fusion 360 Ultimate’ Releasing Tomorrow With Introductory Offer

“Back in October, SolidSmack announced that Autodesk had unveiled a more-robust option for their Fusion 360 CAD package with the announcement of Fusion 360 Ultimate. The announcement included feature upgrades including highly-requested 2D drawings, 3D exploded views and added CAM support…”


Behind the Design: How to Make a Sneaker with Benjamin B. Trollins

“Every so often, a ‘making of’ video comes along that stands out amongst the pack with wit and charm. In most cases, the videographer went beyond the slow-motion “sparks-flying, sweat-dripping” scenes of workshop fabrication to bring some more narrative into the context…”


Ambitious Kickstarter Project Wants You to Reserve Your Place in Space

“The reality of sending your digital memories into a drilled hole on the moon might sound a little far-fetched for the common man, but in an age where blender-cooler hybrids are bringing in eight figures in crowdfunding dollars on Kickstarter, this sci-fi concept might not be too far of a reach in 2014…”


Moleskine Teams Up With Adobe to Streamline Design Sketching and Import Process

“While there (should) still be enough room in everybody’s toolkit or backpack for reliable analog tools, the fact of the matter is that no matter where you start, those analog sketches are likely going to end up in your computer in some way or another…”


Cry Away Your CAD Frustrations Privately Inside ‘The Nutshell’

“Including the Ostrich Pillow and Convertible Napping Desk from Studio NL, workers today have never had it so good when it comes to escaping their pesky coworkers for a few minutes or to gently whisk themselves away to a brief happy place before attempting another complicated CAD maneuver…”


Adobe Inches Closer to Launching Photoshop in the Cloud

“For decades now, the performance of working with digital tools has been contingent on one’s hardware setup and needless to say, you got what you paid for (and still do)…”



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