We're AC CAD


A Design & Mechanical Engineering Consultancy with over 20 years’ experience, based in Birmingham (UK). We specialise in mechanical engineering & product design including prototyping, drafting and design for manufacture/assembly.

Our Clients trust us to guide them through the design and manufacturing processes that come with developing products. So whether you’re interested in introducing a product to market or are testing the water with manufacturing, why not get in touch with us for a free no obligation chat.

We have practical experience across numerous areas, including:

  • Mechanical Design/Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Prototyping
  • Electro-Mechanical Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Special Purpose Machinery
  • Road-Rail Vehicles
  • Hydronics
  • HVAC Systems
  • Rock Crushing
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
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People We've Worked With


People We've Worked With


Our Team

Adrian Carolan


MSc AMIMechE | Director

After moving to Birmingham for university, Adrian graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Product Design in 2008 and then an MSc in Product Design Innovation in 2010, both from Aston University.

He has since transitioned into engineering, working in and around the Midlands designing machinery/products for a variety of heavy and light industries including Rock Crushing Equipment, bespoke Road-Rail Vehicles, Electro-Mechanical Building Automation Products such as Window Chain Actuators, enclosures and bracketry.

He has extensive experience in designing machined and fabricated components, die casting, plastic injection moulding, dealing with suppliers & manufacturers and a successful history of interpreting and designing to international standards.

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Anthony Copson


MSc | Director

Anthony is West Midlands born & bred; he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Engineering Product Design in 2007 and an MSc (Distinction) in Product Design Innovation in 2010 from Aston University.

His background is based in the Hydronics and HVAC industries; specifically System Design and New Product Development. His strengths lie in his creative approach to new projects/problems, in-depth industrial experience and his persistent drive towards continuous improvement of current practices.

He has previously Co-Directed a startup to design and bring to market a fire safety product for disabled people. Learning from the product development & patent processes motivated him towards his subsequent career successes.

Team photos by Fraser McGee