The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 34.17

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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.

This Wooden Domino Row Building Machine Just Might Be the Best Thing Ever

With over 1 million subscribers on YouTube, woodworker Matthias Wandel knows a thing or two about making shop time entertaining. Whether he’s making marble machines, wooden combination locks, Jenga pistols, or even a wooden air raid siren, he’s always having a killer time making it. And who wouldn’t want to watch that?

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Can Stretch Armstrong Survive the Industrial Shredder?

First introduced in 1976, Stretch Armstrong has been pulled, plied, and (sadly) torn by thousands of kids over his lifetime. The short, well-muscled blonde man always returns to his original size though—and has proven to be indestructible no matter how many kids pull on each of his arms.

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Printed Circuit Boards Upcycled as Beautiful Jewelry

Forget science t-shirts and obscure math formula tattoos; there is now a more fashionable way to get your geek on. Upcycling old circuit boards, the folks at Circuit Breaker Labs handcraft unique pieces of jewelry which show the miniature beauty of a PCB.

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Take A Closer Look at How A DLP 3D Printer Works

Many of you may already know how a DLP 3D printer works–by shining focused light on a mixture of resin, the machine builds a series of solid layers which make up the finished product. That’s how it works for the most part, but there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. Let’s have a look.

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VW to Put Electric Microbus Concept Into Production

From Hippies to Van Lifers, few vehicles have come to represent multiple subcultures as well as the VW Microbus. While the German automotive manufacturer ceased production of the vans years ago, that hasn’t discouraged die-hard fans from rebuilding their own custom VW Microbus models to their own standards.

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Nike’s Latest Sneaker Release Encourages At-Home Customization

As one of the most coveted of all design jobs, sneaker designers often have it made. From hanging out with pro athletes to working with the most innovative color trends, materials, and finishes day in and day out, it’s no wonder why colleges and trade schools are beginning to offer sneaker design courses to keep up with demand.

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