The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 32.17

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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.

2017 Solar Eclipse DIY Pinhole Sun Viewer

If you’re too busy living on planet Earth to bother with the rest of intergalactic space, you might be surprised at the sudden loss of sunlight August 21. The 2017 solar eclipse will cover the entire contiguous United States and will be the first one to hit the country since June 8, 1918.

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World’s First All-Electric Off-Road Vehicle is a Beautifully Blocky Design

For some, electric motors and off-road vehicles go together about as well as pineapple bits on a pizza. But hey, other people actually like pineapples on their pizza (what are you?) So, an all-electric off-road vehicle design might not be such a bad idea… if it looks good.

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Disney’s Compliant Mechanism System for 3D Design

Entertainment giant Disney has published (pdf) an interesting study on a compliant mechanism system they’ve developed to assist in 3D design, which could be very useful for 3D printing.

The Designer Profile: 3D Illustrator Jomar Machado

Having been practicing digital illustration since the early 1990s (this after years of practicing traditional art), Brazil’s Jomar Machado has amassed an impressive portfolio of 3D design work that spans decades.

Wireless Transparent Speaker Design with Flic Button Control

People People, the Swedish company behind the Modern Pocket Watch and Wearable IoT for Snickers Workwear, has successfully run a new crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter for their Small Wireless Transparent Speaker with Flic Button control. The new speaker features a glass case so you can see exactly how the drivers are all wired together to produce sound.

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Watch as a LEGO Motor Gets Overclocked Way Past Child Safety Limits

Unless you accidentally step on them, you can never go wrong with LEGO. Since 1949, the company has helped creators both young and old bring their ideas to life. With new features like submersible blocks and working motors, making anything from a tiny house to a life-size replica of a car is possible.

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