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

This week we saw everything from an Adam Savage-designed and built functioning Star Trek Captain’s Chair replica, an update on the upcoming KeyShot 6 rendering and animations software, how Google is leveraging their new NYC-based hardware incubator, the launch of the ‘ultimate’ designer’s resource 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.

Adam Savage Builds a Functioning Star Trek Captain’s Chair from Scratch

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“With a childhood that consisted of designing and building his own toys from the age of five or six, to a career history that spans the fields of animation, graphic design, interior design, carpenter, scenic painting, welding, writing and acting, hosting Mythbusters seems like a natural evolutionary step for the show’s Adam Savage…”

KeyShot 6 Will Give Users Even More Control Over Materials and Camera Setups

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“Used by everyone from concept artists to industrial designers and architects to mechanical engineers, Luxion’s KeyShot has been a go-to rendering package for thousands of 3D modelers for good reason – it just works…”

Google’s Innovative 30 Weeks Design Incubator Spawns Its First Hardware Design

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“Since it was unveiled almost exactly one year ago, Google’s NYC-based 30 Weeks: A Founders Program for Designers incubator has been nothing short of a success story that even established design firms should probably take notes on…”

The Process Journals: Designing the Montgomery DIY Drone Kit (Part II: Prototyping)

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“This is part II (see part I here) of a series that will give an inside look at how my friends and I are attempting to turn an idea into a real product. It is my goal to make this an accurate representation of what it’s like to create a product completely from scratch, without any unusual prior resources or advantages (like money or equipment). My hope is that it will inspire some of you to finally make the leap to take that idea that has been knocking around inside your head for the past few years and grow it into something real!”

Make Use of Your Old Hardware Bits and Pieces with Open Source OFFBITS Robot Toys

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“Roy Barazani is the rare type of person that I want to personally meet and congratulate on his ingenious product idea. His product, The OFFBITS, is a line of open-source robots that encourages users to add their own stray upcycled hardware components…”

Makerbook Is a New Directory for All of the Design Resources You Could Need

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“When it comes to the process of designing something – anything – in the 21st century, the internet is awash with millions of ‘resources’ that are both free and for sale. Whether the resources are 3D CAD files for a motor assembly, an After Effects template for a video transition, a Photoshop mock-up for a package design or a collection of UI icons for screen mock-ups, it can be difficult to navigate the ever-expanding forest of what’s out there in the wild…”

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