The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 27.17

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Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee, and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, 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.

5 Reasons Designers Shouldn’t Do Their Own CAD

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When all you know is SolidWorks, everything you design will look like RoboCop. You can do better.

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Watch This: The Fascinating History Behind the Bic Pen

Ah, the good old Bic pen. Where would we be without you?

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This Zelda-Inspired Nintendo Switch Mod Was Forged Out of Stone and Wood

With the arrival of the Nintendo Switch earlier this year, plenty of DIY modders and hardware hackers have been coming out of the woodwork to show us their own interpretations of Nintendo’s latest device.

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How to Screen Print Your Own Posters in Your Own Garage

Not everyone is born with the steady hands of an artist, marksman or eye surgeon. It’s hard to keep your digits steady with the knowledge that every move you make could spell success or failure. Enter, TECHNOLOGY.

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Cutting a VW Rabbit Truck in Half to Hang on Your Wall

Back in the day I made my living reshaping the skin of what we now call “classic cars”. I’m talk’n late ’70s Camaro and ’69 VW Karmann Ghia kinda stuff. Through my artistry, I was able to reclaim what rust and decay had stolen. But sadly some vehicles were too far gone to be safe on the road and were hauled off to the old auto bone yard.

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This Functioning Six-Speed LEGO Gearbox is the Ultimate Desk Toy

From a Porsche 911 model with build instructions based on the true life factory assembly process to a functional laser cutter mini-factory, there’s never been a better time to be a LEGO fan.

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