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 juicy update to the popular Simplify3D 3D printing software, the new Etsy Manufacturing platform that the company hopes will connect small manufacturers with craftsmen, a hilarious parody of the all-too-popular ‘Maker Videos’ 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.

This Is What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum into Melons

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“Although the buzz surrounding aluminum in the past week has been more or less dedicated to Apple’s decision to use their heavier (and more dense) 7000-series grade versus their previous (and lighter) 6000-series grade in their new iPhone 6S models to prevent another Bendgate, one curious craftsman had an aluminum experiment of his own brewing in his own backyard…”

Simplify3D Kicks it Up 55 Notches, Now Supports 200+ 3D Printers

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“When we first heard about Simplify3D, the internet was already hearting it mucho. Nine months later, they show no sign of slowing down…”

New Etsy Manufacturing Platform Connects Designers and Craftsmen with Small Manufacturers

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“Although Etsy is a hotbed for craft disasters ranging from recycled coffee creamer bird feeders to portrait paintings of Dr. Phil, the online craft marketplace currently holds a valuation of $3.5 billion – thanks to an IPO that the company successfully completed six months ago…”

Create a Profoundly Unapologetic Product Launch Video with the Jony Ive Soundboard

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“When it comes to their new product releases, no Apple product would be complete without the signature voice of Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, validating the company’s design decisions…”

Hardware Hijacking | Lock Pickers 3D Print TSA Master Keys from Leaked Smartphone Photos

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“For all of the conveniences and wonder that additive manufacturing has provided within the past few years thanks to the desktop 3D printer revolution, the variety of processes used to create these millions of objects have oftentimes been more fascinating than the resulting 3D printed objects themselves.c..”

The Smoke & Flame Firewood Company Sells $1000 Firewood Bundles…or Do They?

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“Although it’s never been easier for craftsman-entrepreneurs to establish their own companies thanks to everything from streamlined payment systems to website building services, finding international success selling firewood for $1000 per bundle surely isn’t a very common success story…”

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