Mechanisms & Mentorship Video Series: CAD Industrial Design Tips

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 Industrial Designer Craig Ovans from in Arizona. We’ll focus on the industrial design involved in the massage tool below.



1. Craig’s Background in Art & Design (Min 0:58)  Craig has a degree in Industrial Design (Art Major). He attributes much of his success to working at an engineered focused company, where he learned about manufacturing processes.

2. What is This Massage Tool? (Min 2:28)  This is a massage unit utilized for self-massage. It allows the user to work on trigger points in extremities. Its modular design permits switching the units, squishy balls, in various configurations.

3.How Did You Stylize the Product? (Min 4:15)  Ovens stylized the product by using a custom flowing chamfer, which he calls “ramfer.” A ramfer is a round chamfer, it’s not a feature that SolidWorks has. Hence, you have to customize it.

4. How to Create a “Ramfer” (Min 7:40)  In summary: First, offset sketches. Second, create extrude surfaces. Third, remove/trim corners using surfaces. Fourth, create ramfer using a “surface sweep.”


To learn more about Craig Ovans, visit his LinkedIn.

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