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H. Vaghela
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Mr. Vaghela has been working on CAD-based projects since 2010 and has been consulting since 2015. He has a mechanical background, and he has been working mainly with civil engineers.
He prepares 2D drawings and 3D models using AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch up, Maya,
Creo, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Autodesk 3ds Max, Inventor and CATIA.
He has been providing drafting services for the following:

• HVAC systems, electrical services, plumbing services
• P & ID Diagrams, Isometric drawings
• Fabrication drawings
• 3d modeling services
• Paper to cad drawing
• Miniatures
• Rendering
• Character design and animation walkthroughs
• Furniture design

He provides the following CAD-based services:

• CAD conversions (paper to cad, 2D to 3D, image to cad and AutoCAD to 3d modeling)
• 2D drafting services
• 3D modeling
• Animation
• Mechanism
• Product designing, conceptual designing
• Rapid prototyping services
• MEP(Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) services

In Civil services, he provides:

• Paper to CAD conversion
• Walk-through
• Architect model
• Paper to CAD conversion

The Architectural services that he has been providing includes:

• MEP Services, such as 2d drafting, 3d modeling, rendering service, photo rendering and animation services, renovations and walkthroughs.

He has also been providing the following reverse engineering services:

• He has worked on a binocular project for one of his clients.
• For one of his German clients he has worked on a gun probe design and defined a new design of handle.
• He has also worked on drawings for medical equipment, such as lenses and
lens cover. According to his client’s requirement, he creates a prototype and finalizes the product.
• He has worked on reverse engineering for automotive parts as well.

He has also worked on some of the following:

• Fluid flow/ gas flow meter
• Biometric Scanner (Sheet Metal)
• Spot Welding Fixtures

First the prototype is made ready and approved and then it is sent to the supplier for mass production.

He has been providing manufacturing support services as well, such as:
• Manufacturing of petrol – flammable liquid measuring device
• Casting support services
• Machining support services such as turning services, wire cutting, laser cutting, and water jet cutting services, plastic product – mould design and manufacturing services

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P. Arora
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Arora has been working on CAD-based projects since 2008.
He is competent in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Revit and Solid Edge. He has been designing end-to-end engineering services and products for the global automotive industry. He has been working on concept designing, reverse engineering, CAD-CAM services, paper to CAD conversion, 2D to 3D CAD conversion, design and development of systems – sub systems, validation, tooling, rapid prototyping, mould development, part sourcing and manufacturing support. He works on the designs of automotive parts such as axles, rear axle shafts, trac loc clutch hubs and ring and pinion sets.
His favorite software is SolidWorks for 3D and he has been providing accurately detailed drawings and models for around a decade now.
He communicates with clients using email-based communication. He also uses Skype and WhatsApp.

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S. Kumar

Kumar has been working on CAD-based projects since 2010. He is a qualified mechanical engineer and has been working mainly for oil and gas companies.
He works mainly on AutoCAD and SolidWorks for 2D as well as 3D modeling. He provides drafting and sketching services as well as Acrobat PDF conversion services.
He also worked in the field of paper-plant engineering from 2005-2010 during his studies. While working for paper-plant builders, he provided CAD services via email and phone. He has since been using email-based communication with clients but also visits client sites whenever there is a requirement. He uses Skype and WhatsApp for client communication as well.

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A. Dabholkar

Dabholkar has been working on CAD-based projects since 1997. He is a qualified mechanical draughtsman.
He has been working as a CAD expert for many companies in India. He is competent in AutoCAD-2D, SolidWorks, Revit 2009, ArchiCAD 11 and Vico Constructer. He is also proficient in Microsoft – Excel, Word, Power Point, CorelDraw and Photoshop.
He began working for CAD-based projects as a Senior CAD-draughtsman for an engineering services company where for three years he communicated with clients regarding their queries, scheduled and checked drawings prepared by a drafting team. He was working on electrical substation designs, electrical layout drawings, general arrangements, earth mat layouts, clearance diagrams, erection key drawings, protection drawings, structural drawings and architectural drawings.
He then started working as an AutoCAD designer for another company providing engineering-fabrication and construction services to construct heavy industrial Pre-Engineered Buildings (PEB). Here, he worked on PEB structural drawings, general arrangements, fabrication drawings and erection drawings for four years.
He then worked with a company trading, distributing and supplying bundle note counting machines. Here he worked for six years on note counting machines, mainly drawings and detailing of clamper assemblies, cam assemblies, rotor assemblies, fabrication drawings and machine assemblies.
Then he worked as a mechanical draughtsman for a company that manufacturers automobile parts, components and hard chrome plated shafts in India. Here he worked for two years on component drawings, detail drawings, assembly drawings of portable irons, portable fans, table fans, ceiling fans, rotors and stators.
He then worked as a mechanical draughtsman for an Indian multinational company engaged in design, manufacturing and marketing of products related to power generation, transmission and distribution. In the fan division of the design department he worked for three years on designs of fans, assembly drawings, detail drawings, component drawings, fan end shields, blades, rotors, stators and blade alignments. In the Machine Division of the design department he worked on designs of submersible pumps, component drawings of fans, end shields, main bodies, rotors, stators and shafts.

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V Jansari
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Jansari has been working as a mechanical designer on CAD-based projects since 2005. He has mostly worked for clients in India and Canada.

He has been handling projects for a wide range of clients including companies in the following industries:

  • pharmaceuticals,
  • mining,
  • textile, and
  • home appliances.

He is proficient in 2D as well as 3D, and prefers to use Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, Fusion 360, SolidWorks, Autodesk HSMWorks, Navisworks and Solid Edge. He likes to be involved from the initial stages of prototyping to testing, modifying, re-testing, trouble-shooting and design calculation.

His work mainly involves the preparation of fabrication drawings, mining designs, forgings, plastic parts, sheet metal, investment casting and automotive casting.

He makes use of Skype and Webex to incorporate client suggestions whenever meetings are not possible.

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Rallay
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Rallay is a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP). He is a mechanical design engineer and has been handling complex design projects since 2010. Most of his CAD projects are 3D models, electrical circuit diagrams, P&ID’s (Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams), sheet metal drawings and weldment drawing. He has experience in the following engineering disciplines:

  • Mechanical design engineering,
  • Automotive engineering,
  • Petroleum engineering,
  • Hydraulics engineering and
  • Industrial automation.

He works as a freelance design engineer, offering support to small and medium scale industries in India. He has also successfully handled projects with American multinational conglomerates and some of Asia’s biggest transport equipment companies.

So far he has handled projects involving:

  • conceptual designs, parametric designs, 2D to 3D of parts & assemblies.
  • 3D models of casting, forging & machined parts, sheet metal, assemblies, weldments and surfacing.
  • manufacturing and detail drawings, general arrangement drawings (GA’s).
  • technical documentation, operation and maintenance manuals, exploded views, spare part manuals, testing procedures and spare part stickers.

Some of his recent works include:

  • 2D to 3D conversion of Lever Safety Valve created on Inventor.
  • 2D to 3D conversion of Single Plate Clutch created on Pro/Engineer & Creo.
  • 3D Model and detail drawing of Wear Ring used in Fifth Wheel Coupling – SolidWorks.
  • Assembly drawing with BOM of Fifth Wheel Coupling.
  • Fifth Wheel Coupling assembly – SolidWorks.
  • Trailer Axle Exploded View with BOM for an Indian client.
  • Leaf Suspension Exploded View with BOM for an Indian client.
  • Prepared around 50 electrical schematics for testing of 4G SIM card.

He likes to work on CAD software such as SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Creo, and Pro/Engineer.
He aims to continuous learn and update his software skills as he believes that most clients, particularly real estate and architectural companies, look for quick delivery and accuracy and by honing his software skills he is able to work more efficiently and quickly. He employs quality control and maintenance techniques at all times.

He noted that since clients are very particular about commitment to the delivery schedules, it is very important for CAD professionals to maintain good communication. Mr. Rallay uses Skype and Zoom meeting software to tackle problems remotely, but whenever required, he meets his clients in person.

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M. Attigeri

Attigeri has worked extensively on projects involving 2D to 3D conversion in CAD, product development (Mechanical) and structural design (Civil). He is skilled in Torrid, AutoCAD and other CAD software SolidWorks, Tekla2017. He has worked for clients from Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Egypt and Canada. He is currently living in India and has an experience of 15 years in this field. He welcomes the change in the use of technology. With the use of Skype and Webex, he often shares desktop and provides consulting remotely. He adds that these tools also prove to be of great help when he is working with clients abroad.

His core specialties include mechanical concept design, product design & development, tool design, press tool design & mould design, 2D to 3D & 3D to 2D conversion, 3D modeling & 3D rendering, reverse engineering, machine design / SPM, pharmaceutical packing machine format parts design and development, structural steel design and detailing of fabrication drawings.

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E. Barnes
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E. Barnes has extensive experience in the field of mechanical drafting and design technology.

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  1. Describe a project that was particularly challenging. What was challenging about it? What was the solution and what results did you achieve?

    A. I designed a hat box to accommodate different sizes in Solidworks. The maximum lip dimensions were put into an Excel spreadsheet and I was given an image to trace. By accident the box also turned out to be suitable to be converted to fit a Star Vader helmet.

    B. I designed a SAM – sniffer (sensor) in 3D AutoCad. It is a detector for a dirty radiation bomb.

  2. Which CAD software programs do you find the most useful for the kind of work that you do?

    I use AutoCad for 2D work, and SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Pro/E, Creo for 3D.

  3. What are the pros and cons of the various CAD software programs that you use?

    I keep up to date with software by practicing

  4. How do you keep yourself up-to-date with the various developments in your field of work?

    I do everything myself. I don’t feel comfortable giving work to someone else because it may not turn out to be correct. I would rather make and correct my own mistakes.

  5. Which new skills have you acquired in the past year? What new skills do you plan to acquire in the future?

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V. Gainoutdinov

V. Gainoutdinov is currently an independent CAD consultant, a role he has performed since 1993. Mr. Gainoutdinov was previously the head of design at Lambda Research optics, a mechanical engineering design company based in the United States, from 1993 to 2013.

Mr. Gainoutdinov oversaw all design activities for the company and managed a team of 2D and 3D designers (focusing on Autodesk Inventor SolidWorks, AutoCAD and CATIA 5). Mr. Gainoutdinov started his career as Mechanical Engineer at Sure Fire LLC., where he was responsible for implementing the use of CAD tools in the company. He also worked directly with the company’s customers, including military personnel and engineers. Mr. Gainoutdinov received a BMES in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace from MATI.

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  1. Describe a project that was particularly challenging. What was challenging about it? What was the solution and what results did you achieve?

    All projects which I managed were challenging . Challenges differ from material of the product to customer requests. Solution is simple: do what customer required.

  2. Which CAD software programs do you find the most useful for the kind of work that you do? What are the pros and cons of the various CAD software programs that you use?

    I use different CAD software, such as Solid Works,Autodesk Inventor, CATIA V5, Pro-E CREO. All software are different in way of operation and speed

  3. How do you keep yourself up-to-date with the various developments in your field of work?
    Which new skills have you acquired in the past year?
    What new skills do you plan to acquire in the future?

    I do update my skills by keeping myself informed by checking Engineering Websites, company new product development announcements regarding material properties and product design based on new modern materials. I do have some plans.

  4. Are there any kinds of activities that you feel are better to outsource or subcontract than to do yourself?
    Why or why not?
    What are some of the risks, in your opinion? Benefits?

    I prefer to do jobs myself because I am not sure that anyone else can make my project better.

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M. Atteya
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M. Atteya is a mechanical designer, draftsman and CAD system administrator. He has been working primarily in CATIA, SolidWorks and AutoCAD, and has also been providing training in CATIA and SolidWorks since 2004.

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