Software developer Alibre has an interesting challenge for engineers: The company is betting that its Alibre Design Professional can help you do your design job, and if it falls short in any project, Alibre will pay you $500. It's part of the company's strategy to prove the software's production robustness. Certain conditions apply, of course. For example, you can't try to use the software for features that it doesn't have. Check out www.alibre.com for details.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.
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