If you’re an inventor and need help getting started, you’ve come to the right place. If you just want some direction on where to start first, give me call or an email. You don’t need to tell me what your invention is for me to help you to decide where to start.
The phone call and consultation times are free of charge and there are no contracts that require any money upfront or long time commitments. I’m here to help you to see if your product idea has potential and to determine what your first or next steps should be in the invention process.
I am NOT a site where empty promises are made. I help design and make virtual, and sometimes physical, prototypes of your product. I can’t promise that your product will sell on the open market. This is a good thing. You don’t want a company that’s promising you success for a given amount of money. No one can guarantee you success. For information from the USPTO and how to avoid scams you can start with this link: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ScamPrevent.pdf
I’m a mechanical designer for metal, plastic and sheetmetal parts. I can help you design your product, make patent drawings, technical drawings, manufacturing files for 3D printing and then, eventually, files for plastic injection molding if you decide to do the manufacturing yourself. Files for injection molding almost always need some adjustments to accommodate the requirements of the individual mold making company. I highly recommend licensing over manufacturing yourself and I’m not alone on this. Licensing carries far less financial risk.
I make product presentation videos, promotional sell sheets and advertising literature combined with pictures of your virtual product. If you need a website for your product, I can do that for you as well.
“What will it cost?” This is the common question I get asked. On the FAQ page, this is the first question I list. Please read through the paragraph to see if it helps. Until I can get specifics about your project, it’s tough to estimate.
I work directly with the attorneys or patent agents for you and supply them with the requested drawing views, exploded views, numbered parts list with drawings etc. If you don't have a patent agent or attorney, I can refer you to the one I use. I can also refer you to someone who can help with getting your product licensed. (I receive no commissions on any referrals)
Here Could be a Point of Pivoting for Licensing Help. Read on!
So, let’s say we have your model designed, we have your CAD files, maybe we’ve even made a physical prototype for you along with a website and some technical drawings. You’re ready to pitch your product to a licensee or buyer but how do you do it? This is where myself, as the CAD guy, will point you to an honest expert in licensing your product.
I recommend you contact Alan Beckley through his website. He has experience with bringing products to market and weeding through all the intricacies of licensing or selling your product. He can help you with the process of how to contact the right person, or company, that will license your invention. If you use this link here alanbeckley.com/license this will take you to the most recent webinar for his licensing offers. To be clear, I don’t get any kickbacks or affiliate benefits from recommending Alan Beckley. I recommend him because I believe he’s honest, approachable, knowledgeable and the most reasonably priced on his courses.
For those that need help on learning to do your own patent searches, Alan offers a course called, “How to Do Your Own Patent Search”. Check out his site for more details or contact him directly. Follow the link below to the podcast.
http://www.alanbeckley.com/podcast – podcast with Alan – lots of Inventor help here.
I made a page, specifically for inventors, called “How to Start an Invention.” On this page I try to address the process in a general way. If you simply want to get started, you can call or email me directly. I can usually come to a conclusion fairly quickly as to whether you need my services by just talking to you for a few minutes. This way, in a short phone call or email, you can get a direction to take.
For me to familiarize myself with your project, answer your questions and offer a path for you to take, is all free of charge. I take no money down and I don’t require a deposit. You’re not charged a dime until you’re sure you can use my services and that we both understand, and agree upon, the path you’d like to take. This way you can relax while we review your project and know you can pull the rip cord anytime.
If you need a 3D model for printing or, an eventual mold, detailed technical drawings, presentation files, or even animations of your product assembling, then I can help you. I can also produce marketing videos for YouTube and realistic, high resolution pics for flyers, posts to Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media outlet.
From a data filled 3D model, CAD files can be extracted for just about any computer aided manufacturing process. You can see your prototype virtually to check for appearance and preliminary function, and then a 3D print for prototype testing which will then lead to a manufacturing process that fits your product.
CAD is a far superior way to draw and keep track of your information. I have a passion for helping inventors and am very interested in helping them to succeed.
I have confidentiality agreements to protect your intellectual property. You can be assured that your ideas and inventions will remain yours. If you want, I will work with you to help you possibly expand on the design for a more efficient, cost effective product. Either way, whatever designs come from our collaboration are owned 100% by you.
I don’t get into partnerships or sharing of profits. “I’m just the CAD guy.” If what you’re looking for is solely my drawing ability, and not my design help, that’s great too. I’m here to help in whatever capacity is appropriate.