Name

Daniel Arato

About

Summary

I have been an industrial designer and design engineer for over seventeen years, dating back to my father's very successful design consultancy firm in Toronto, Arato Designs.

I was most recently with Olloclip, in Huntington Beach. We designed Lens solutions for the iPhone and Samsung mobile devices. We were kept on our toes as finding accessories to a technology that changes as fast as our phones was like aiming at a moving target.

Over the years, I've been exposed to a diverse number of products and markets. Every project called for a new way of thinking to create a user-friendly and cost-efficient deliverable for the client and a high quality product for the store shelves.

Experience

Olloclip, Design Engineer
(Huntington Beach, CA)
Part of the R&D team and responsible for producing tool-ready CAD files and drawings. Along with other designers, found solutions for mechanical and ergonomic uses of products. Utilized in-house 3D printer for prototypes and worked with vendors and toolers to hone in on the final revisions.

Pandun Inc. / Toughbuilt Industrial Designer (Burbank, CA 2009 - 2012)
Involved with concept development, CAD modeling, prototyping and rendering for innovative products. I worked on the Bolt Cutters and Sawhorses that helped launch this company into the hardware market. Other projects included a line of Tape Measures and Kneepads.

Pelican CAD Designer (Torrance, 2007 - 2009)
I was part of the team that released the GMTK (0450), 0500 and the upcoming 1170, 1740, 1770 and 1460 cases. I worked closely with the engineers during all phases of production on both cases and flashlights, including conceptual work for the new Remote Area Lighting System products and the upgrading of Compliance Approvals.

iCRco, Torrance . Industrial Designer (2006 - 2007)
I was part of the development team for the new VertX mobile digital x-ray system. The machine evolved in real-time, as we were able to design parts for a working prototype, using in-house sheet metal parts, aluminum extrusions and machined delrin.

Arato Designs, Toronto . Staff Designer (1999 - 2005)
Started by learning a tool - Solidworks ’98 - then used the tool to learn the design process from ideation thru completion of a number of consumer and industrial products. Worked closely with the clients, staff designers, prototypers and mold-makers. Produced both presentational renderings and production-ready drawings.

PicnicTime, Moorpark. Freelance Designer (2005)
Ideation for a luggage-style picnic carrier. Or rather, a fancy picnic basket. This was a one-phase project to visualize various concepts for tooling quotations.

EDIC, Silverlake, Freelance Designer (2002-2003)
Converted 2D AutoCAD drawings of a vacuum cleaner into the 3D models, assemblies and technical drawings, which were then used for SLA prototypes.

Specialties

  • Industrial Design
  • Product Design
  • 3D Modeling

Skills

  • Solidworks
  • Bunkspeed
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • After Effects
  • Microsoft Office