Mechanisms & Mentorship Video Series: CAD Video Game Accessory

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 gaming accessory connected to the controller below.

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1. What’s the Design Criteria? (Min 0:39)  Craig explains how the accessory had to be handheld, stand by itself on a flat surface, and be adjustable.

2. What Led You in This Design Direction? (Min 2:10)  Craig explains the dimensions that drove the design.

3. How to Conceal a Hinge? (Min 3:07)  Craig explains how they didn’t want the hinges exposed. Hence, a clever solution was designed.

4. How to Design for Manufacturing? (Min 3:48)  The challenge involved in this design was the undercut that would be present in the tooling.

5. How a PRO Starts a SOLIDWORKS Model? (Min 5:31)  Start with the driving dimensions, the things you know won’t change. Next, add dimensions that will change. It’s key that you have these dimensions in skeleton sketches at the very top of your feature tree, so you can convert them later on as you begin modeling the solid bodies. To learn more about skeleton sketches, you may want to consider looking into RCM.

To watch reels, subscribe to Rafael Testai’s YouTube channel.

To learn more about Craig Ovans, visit his LinkedIn.

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