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Long considered an indispensable asset for anybody working in CAD, the 3D mouse is a quintessential tool that belongs on the desktop of any industrial designer or engineer. Within a 3D application such as SolidWorks, Rhino, Fusion 360, or Keyshot, the directional, zoom and rotate functions provide an intuitive extension of the users’ design intent.…

In San Francisco, Hardware Massive put together their first “HW Summit SF” on November 7, 2018. This organization was also behind April 2018’s HardwareCon which we covered here. Turn out for the first annual Hardware Summit San Francisco Apologies for not getting this coverage out sooner (some HW engineering stuff got in my way), but…

Get that stretch out of your system with this week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist. It’s fashioned up, ready to make you pull your shoulder blades back and knock out another week of meaningful work while you bob your head to the beat. Whether you’re in the shop milling aluminum, sketching the latest product prototypes or…

There’s nothing like attending a global design or engineering conference. You get to see and hear all the latest and greatest stuff. But I say even better than attending a conference is the opportunity to be a presenter at one! The big event for PTC Users is the annual LiveWorxs Global Conference. So if you’ve…

If you like the Simpsons and you like Mathematics, this excerpt from The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh is a must read. It could explain your attraction to such a show and, even though you push 3-dimensional objects around on a screen all day, could also explain some things you may have…

Today, President Barack Obama, did a first. He published an article on Medium, a crowd-driven story publishing site. It didn’t have to do with any crazy policies or world events. It was about makers, the ‘new economy,’ and how students are pushing America forward. “I saw this new economy at Pittsburgh’s TechShop, one in a…

Ever feel like you’re working on a project FOREVER? It’s evident when you look over in the mirror at work and you’ve turned into a 120 year old man with half a mouth of teeth. It’s not all that bad though. Eventually, things will get done. As Jason Fried puts it, it’s hard to live…

They come in peace. Interesting insight from Scott Eckert, who is making robot happen with Rethink Robotics founder Rodney Brooks and their product Baxter, the human-friendly, assembly-line co-worker… “…a year-and-a-half after Baxter’s commercial debut, manufacturers who’ve added the bot into the mix haven’t laid anyone off as a result, according to Brooks’ company, Rethink Robotics…

Joey Pepper, skateboarder extraordinaire shows how “everything is about the process” in his life as a woodcrafter making freeform objects and his first canoe. “Growing up, my whole family, they worked in the wood industry, they were all loggers. So, one day I just kinda decided I wanted to learn more. I started building stuff…

Sure, self-driving (flying?) cars are the future, but if everything and everyone are connected, why do we need lights? “In the long term, you could wonder why we even need traffic lights,” says Stiller, who predicts that every car will be equipped with communications within 30 years. “If all traffic participants will be equipped with…

With Shark Week 2014 already going full-throttle, we thought we’d share an interesting tidbit that offers more science and less Sharknado that might help with some biomimicry inspiration for you down the road. Heck, researchers have already started 3D printing multi-material ‘shark skin’ to improve wetsuit, marine and aircraft design. Check out the informative piece…

Why didn’t somebody think of this sooner? Either way…we’re just glad that somebody did. Japanese illustrator and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has combine two of the best things on Earth into one glorious building block in the form of chocolate LEGOs. Presumably created no differently than any other chocolate mold, the modular edibles just gave us…

Nathan S. Jacobs explains how your photo-receptors and brain assemble visual information into the 3-dimensional world you see around you. “…edges should get extra attention, because things with edges can help you or kill you.” http://youtu.be/rfdJyDfIHIc

Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think gives that final bit of insight to help figure out how you really get things done–work like you’re going on vacation. “The deadline of leaving is the thing that’s finally going to motivate you to get it done. The stuff that gets…

How do you deal with organizational excess? Clutter, in all of its various forms, is a problem—meetings, emails, interdepartmental complexity. This article talks about it, of course, and describes how some are dealing with it. “Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines…

This article, yeah, it’s all about web design and even more, about frameworks used in web/app design and even more about destroying old notions. It’s interesting though. Out of articles like this, I get a lot of inspiration–and see a lot of application–for product design and engineering, both in product and software. “There’s an inherent…

Delightful piece over on D3D today. Definitely worth a skim. IMHO digital design is the new craftsmanship, and manufacturing–additive, subtractive, injection, stamped, punched, pressed, rolled, or whatever you like–is the new craft. Am I less an artist because my chisel can cut ten thousand sculptures at a time?

As a self-employed person, the boundaries between business and self are pretty blurry. Josh and I have often been advised to make EvD Media more about “us,” and to leverage our “personal brand” to make it great. While the ultimate substance of the advice isn’t bad, the nomenclature is, well, dehumanizing. EvD Media is indeed…

To good to simply list in the Smackdown… A summer demo by ASD made for Euskal Encounter 22 (2014). Code: Konstantinos “Navis” Pataridis Music: Sotiris “aMUSiC” Varotsis & Fotis “Leviathan” Panetsos Hand Model and Photography: Giorgos “Ch3” Cherouvim Graphics: Nikos “Amoivikos” Batalas https://vimeo.com/101814775 Download the PC Demo at Pouet.net

Good stuff on ‘stuff’ and what to do about it from Paul Graham, all the way back in 2007… “What I didn’t understand was that the value of some new acquisition wasn’t the difference between its retail price and what I paid for it. It was the value I derived from it. Stuff is an…

I started with Aldus Freehand in the 80’s and remember switching to Adobe Illustrator in college. Cool to hear the story… Watch the Illustrator story unfold, from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide. Interviews include cofounder John Warnock,…

Definitely a must-read, just don’t tell the SolidSmack content team. (Sorry guys.) “…publishers are looking for ways to have more and more content (feeding the goat) for less money, because more content means more page views, which enables them to squeeze a few more drops of blood from the stone of online ad sales. So…

Made from acrylic, f,l,o,w,e,r,s is embedded with real flowers that were hand-selected and dried, Terayama meticulously spaced out the flowers in 1cm intervals using a pair of tweezers to give the effect of ‘blossoming’. “If the flowers in the paddy were spaced in equal intervals I could lie down in them and measure my height.”…

Ahh…few things in life are as satisfying as playing Tetris and watching those bricks fit sooo nicely together. Game enthusiast Marc Kerger loves the game so much, that in honor of the game’s 30th anniversary this past June 6th he created a wearable (and playable!) Tetris shirt. Consisting of 128 LEDs powered by an Arduino…