I Draw Dreams For Inventors

If You're an Inventor I Can Help You

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.

The Most Common Question: "What's it Going to Cost?"

“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.

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What I Can Do For You

1. Design your product for the most cost effective manufacturing and unique and effective patenting.
2. Brainstorm with you on ways to make your product unique, to stand out or offer something that
your competition doesn't have.
3. Create 3D virtual prototypes
4. Test models for operation in simulation software and stress testing engines.
5. Create CAD files for manufacturing molds, CNC & 3D printing
6. Create physical prototypes (if it's within my workshop's ability) or refer you to relevant developers who would use the CAD files to produce your physical model.
7. Create marketing pictures, videos & presentation files as well as cartoon animation (if applicable). I can help you with tag lines, product names or product copy. I love advertising and making your product more exciting by creating a feeling into the marketing materials.
8. In House logo designing for your product and/or website. (Discounted if I'm working on your project or developing your website.
9. Create patent drawings for provisional or utility patents.
10. Create a website for you with marketing materials produced from your virtual models.

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)

Save Money by Doing Some, or All of These Yourself. If Not, I Can Help With Direction, or Referral

  • Search for your product using Google images and, if you’re adventurous, try Google Patents.  If you’re feeling this would be too difficult, I have a professional searcher I can recommend who is very reasonable or you can take Alan Beckley’s course that’s mentioned below under “Here Could be a Point of Pivoting for Licensing Help.”
  • Do some type of market analysis on your own to decide if your product is relevant to the market today. Does it fix or solve a problem?  Is it an affordable problem solver?  In other words, is the trade-off of what someone will spend on your product, worth the benefit they’ll get from it?
  • Check keyword searches and blog postings.  See if there’s a need for you product or if your product solves a problem.  You could even go so far as forming a focus group which can sometimes help.  It can be people you know if you’re selective.  (Not your mom.) Check out my Product Considerations page for some more info.
  • Market you idea for a fraction of what an ad agency would charge.  You can research relevant niches and learn more about your demographic.  There are many ways to get exposure for your product.
  • You can contact blogs, magazines, social media sites or groups, just to name a few, all to launch your product.
  • For some products, you can consider funding sites such as kickstarter.com and indiegogo.com. They have instructions and recommendations on their sites and there’s plenty of YouTube videos to help you familiarize yourself with the process of crowd funding.

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.

A Bit More Info

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. 

Mechanical Designing

Rear Steer with 4-link suspension

Plastic Designing

plastic virtual model of a smoke detector tester

Tool Designing

torque multiplier wrench

Unique, In-House Furniture Designs

Virtual model using CAD
CAD model shown in bright enviroment
Aviator Chess Board by I Draw Dreams
Aviator Chess Board by I Draw Dreams

Steampunk Style Rolling Door - Castle-esk'

This is a 9 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide, steampunk style, rolling door for a bedroom. It weighs 205 lbs. and has a specifically designed roller system installed above the door to support it.  The steel plate above the door has a welded track that leaves no room for distortion. With the weight of the door, the tracks you buy on line won’t hold up to the weight; unless you spend an excessive amount of money.  The spear-design handles are 1-1/2″ diameter tubing which is a good size for grip; they use this size on stairways.  The rotating fans will rotate freely but could be made to operate on 120 VAC to circulate air out of the room.  I designed this on CAD first so that I could see what it would look like and the CAD program will also weigh it for you before you build it. Of course you have to assign the materials to the parts you’re using and know the wall thickness of your tubing as well, before it can give you an accurate weight. Knowing the weight is important to be sure that when you design the support system for the rolling door, that it can support the weight and that you’re not using WAG engineering. (You engineers out there know what WAG engineering is.) The wood is recycled wood off an old fence that had blown down in the wind. I applied a dark stain to the wood after a rough sand.  I decided to leave the frame with the bare metal, showing the grinds and welding for the industrial look. At the same time, it could have been powder-coated.  It rolls very smoothly and quietly and you can feel the weight. If you’d like one of these built for you, just contact me. Thanks for checking it out!

Steampunk door with cable support

Steampunk Big Screen Television Enclosure

CAD designed TV enclosure steel diamond plate
CAD designed TV enclosure steel diamond plate close up

The two pics above are of a Steampunk style TV enclosure that we designed on CAD. This is a good example of how .dxf files (flat surface, 2D files) can be used to make a 3D object. The sheetmetal environment of the software allows for bending the sheetmetal into the desired dimensional shapes, then it creates a flat file that can be cut out with a laser, plasma or water jet. At this point, the flat panels can be bent. These shapes were a bit complex so I had to back scribe them with a cutting wheel to make a weak bending point on each panel. Then, the panels could be bent to the desired angles and the seams welded to reclaim the original thickness of the sheetmetal. A disc sander then shapes any irregularities of the welds (if I was a great welder I wouldn’t need the sander) and the pieces are then welded into place.


“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill