Mechanisms & Mentorship Video Series: The 4-Hour Workweek Design & Detailer

Ever wondered what it would be like to be mentored one-on-one by a senior engineer that’s using SOLIDWORKS to successfully deliver solutions to industry clients? My name is Rafael Testai, and in this episode of Mechanisms & Mentorship, I’ll interview Collin Foster, the owner of Solid Design and Detailing LLC, a company that uses primarily SOLIDWORKS for modeling, detailing, and drafting. We brought Collin back for a second episode so he can share with us his story. Watch Collin Foster’s first episode “Mechanisms & Mentorship: Space Rocket Support Equipment” here

Collin is a self-made business owner that took a non-traditional route to get where he is. The aim of this episode is to share that SOLIDWORKS Champions and users come from all walks of life. My hope is to make you aware of resources you didn’t know existed that can take your CAD design career to the next level. Furthermore, inspire you by showing you real life stories of those who have succeeded using our beloved favorite CAD tool, SOLIDWORKS.



 1. The 4-Hour Workweek (Min 1:20)  We begin the conversion by discussing the key takeaways of the book “The 4-Hour Work Week,” by Tim Ferriss.

It’s one of the top selling business and entrepreneurship books.

 2. Tell us Your Story (Min 4:15)  It all started at the age of 14, when his aunt got him a drafting kit. This reinforces the importance of family, and how it takes a village to raise a child.


3. He did “Deadliest Catch” Before Engineering (Min 5:37)  Collin quickly came to the realization that it would be better for him to return to college and get his drafting degree.

4. What Collin Enjoys Most in His Business (Min 10:42) What Collin enjoys the most in his business is design & drafting, working using SOLIDWORKS, getting stuff done, meeting deadlines, and exceeding customer expectations.

5. The Need of Both All: Engineers, Detailers, and Drafters (15:00)

Free resource: American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Detailing Classes.


To learn more about Collin Foster, visit his LinkedIn.


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