Entrepreneur Drawn by Necessity
March 25th, 2016 by Victoria Hampton
Brian Keast works on a three-dimensional computer-aided product design. Photo by Joanie Keast

Brian Keast works on a three-dimensional computer-aided product design.
Photo by Joanie Keast

Four knee surgeries and other career-threatening injuries led Brian Keast of Sisters, Oregon, to draft a new stage in his career.

“I spent 30 years as a martial arts instructor, which I combined with two high-risk-for-injury careers,” says Brian, who also worked as a mechanic and contractor. “I knew that if I was putting on a tool belt when I was 60 years old, I’d have some serious problems.”

Brian reinvented himself, turning his physically demanding work into a virtual career. In 2013, he started his online 3-D computer-aided design business, I Draw Dreams for Inventors.

“I knew I had to retrain myself in something where I could apply my skillsets that I already had,” says Brian. “CAD was a natural decision since I’d used 3-D modeling to draw building plans for years. I adore mechanics and I’ve always wanted to build things since I was a kid.”

Brian helps inventors with patent and technical drawings, virtual prototypes, video presentations and CAD manufacturing files. The virtual documents he creates can be output on a 3-D printer, computer numerical control and laser cutter, or a mold. He also creates marketing materials that help inventors present their products to investors, partners and manufacturers.

He gets inquiries from inventors around the world.

“Sometimes people have a great idea, but it’s not something that’s possible,” Brian says, noting the modeling process helps identify design inconsistencies that make the product unusable. “You have to stay within the parameters of reality.”

Brian advises aspiring inventors to find a niche market, meet with a patent agency or attorney to see if the product idea already exists, and then reach out to him—not just as a CAD designer, but a support system through every step of the process.

“I want them to succeed,” Brian says.

For more information, visit www.idrawdreamsforinventors.com.