Mechanisms & Mentorship VIdeo Series: CAD Design Accelerators

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 video series Mechanisms & Mentorship we’ll take a look behind the scenes to see how a hand-picked engineer has designed one of their mechanisms in granular detail. We’ll “open the hood” to analyze their CAD design and thought process behind the solution. I’ll ask them questions about the project, roadblocks, challenges, specific insights they learned, and how they’re using SOLIDWORKS to solve real world problems.

You’ll learn a mixture of soft skills and hard skills. This series is perfect for viewers who are already proficient in SOLIDWORKS (CSWA, CSWP, CSWE) and want to take the next step in their careers.

In this episode of Mechanisms & Mentorship, I’ll interview Mechanical Engineer & Owner of, Aaron Moncur. We’ll focus on CAD Design Accelerators, a way to make product development less expensive. These are pre-packaged CAD solutions that have already been vetted, and can be found here:


1. What are CAD Design Accelerators? (Min 0:42)  Design Accelerators are a way to make product development less expensive. It reduces the gap between what customers are willing and able to pay, and what it actually costs to develop some of these solutions. Instead of starting everything from scratch, you can use CAD templates to accelerate the design process. This could save engineers dozens of hours and thousands of dollars.

2. CAD Design Accelerator Example (Min 4:46)  Aaron will explain how you can use this template of a device holder to accelerate your design.

3. Who’s the Target Audience for Design Accelerators? (8:38)  Probably junior engineers to democratize mechanical design.

4. Confidence (Min 10:23)  Aaron is a pioneer and visionary. He strategically analyzes situations, makes improvements, and bets on the future by launching initiatives like the CAD Design Accelerators, that we’re discussing in this article. He attributes his success with the phrase “Comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

5. How Can You Help? (Min 11:31)  Moncur encourages anyone that has a request for a new design accelerator to fill out this form or reach out to him personally on his Linkedin to make the request. You can view all the current design accelerators here.

To learn more about Aaron Moncur, visit his LinkedIn.

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