Don your favorite bath robe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this weekend’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

This week we saw everything from the release of Onshape to the big Apple Watch reveal -or shall we say – Apple Watch manufacturing video reveal, 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.

Onshape Released. Parametric 3D CAD in the Browser is Here.


“After months of speculation, rumors and various tidbits surrounding “the future of CAD”, Onshape – the browser-based parametric CAD program that’s been in the works for years now – is finally live…”

Onshape Comes Out Swinging, Changes MCAD Pricing Forever


“Parasolid-based Mechanical CAD, for free. You read that right. Unfettered use of the entire Onshape system for up to 5GB and five private documents at a time is completely free, and a mere $1200/yr for unlimited documents. That’s right folks, the much ballyhooed Onshape just stepped into the ring swinging, and they are poised to cause a shake-up the likes of which haven’t been seen since Gangsta’s Paradise was a number one hit…”

Onshape in Action: A Quick 14-Minute Overview of Parametric 3D CAD in the Cloud


“When they officially went live at 11 AM EST yesterday, Onshape sent ripples through the product design community as being the first true parametric 3D CAD solution for the browser…”

What Is a Technology Designer and Are You One of Them?


““It’s Time For Industrial Design To Grow Up” is the clickbait title of a Fast Co. article trying to define what it is industrial designers are really doing in their jobs. We all have to be placed in a box it seems and with technology rapidly advancing, perhaps our titles do as well…”

PARSONAL Brings Full-Customization to Flatpack Furniture Designs


“Over the past few years (partially thanks to the 3D printing revolution) we’ve been seeing an explosion of customization apps and augmented reality viewers that allow consumers to customize their retail experience. The apps consistently ride the fine line between allowing a consumer to customize their retail experience while also keeping them constrained to the laws of manufacturing – almost like a sort of bumper bowling for armchair industrial designers…”

Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff: Week 11.15


“With so many cool things coming out each week, it can be hard to wade through all the rock-awesomeness. With ‘Cool Tools’, we’ve done the hard work for you…”

The Design for Manufacturing Summit is Just One Week Away!


“If you’re an industrial designer, engineer or have any interest in manufacturing, then this is one event that you’re surely not going to want to miss…”

These Apple Watch Manufacturing Videos Are Better-Looking than the Apple Watch


“It’s been a wild and crazy week for the Apple Watch, but the best parts of Apple’s Spring Forward event this past Monday had little to do with the final details of the Watch at all, but rather the material and process videos behind how the watch even got there…”

Behind the Design: Shin Okuda’s Bauhaus-Inspired Wood Furniturer


“After moving from Japan to LA in 1999, a young Shin Okuda held a variety of different jobs over the following couple of years before finding work with a sculptor who also happened to do furniture pieces. After spending countless hours in the studio absorbing the various woodworking techniques and studying designers, Okuda set out on his own five years later making furniture pieces for himself and for his family. Today, the designer now has a studio of his own designing furniture for various brands and clients…”

This Cloud-Syncing Sketchbook Erases Itself after a Quick Zap in the Microwave


“Your office microwave may soon no longer be reserved for just Prismacolor pencils, stale coffee or the occasional Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket anymore.”