Layout Sketches in Solidworks

I haven’t messed with layout sketches before. I have used standard sketches in an assembly to drive parts, “top-down” modeling, but I have never used blocks in layout sketches to accomplish this. As an industrial designer my modeling approach is typically bottom-up, modeling a full product within a single part file, and breaking it up in to multiple bodies. That approach gets my head turned around if I need to deal with mechanical systems and moving parts, though, so I’d like to try to work some top-down layout sketch techniques in to my brain.

Here are a couple illustrative videos I found this morning while looking things up.

Adobe Extending Desktop Applications with Tablets

This is very exciting. Adobe has unveiled concepts that use touch-centric tablet devices to extend asset creation as well as control of their applications.  We’ve all thought about it, we’ve all wished for it, and now it looks like Adobe is rolling it out.

They are starting with Photoshop, releasing a multi-touch paint application, an advanced color picker (with paint mixing), and a UI extender that lets you view open documents or choose tools with the tablet. I’m most excited about the last one, since it will grant notebook users the power of a dual display workstation without the bulk of dual displays. You’ll be able to prop your iPad up on the table and transmit everything wirelessly.