3D scanning allows me to turn physical objects into digital data. Similar to photocopying a piece of paper and converting it to a PDF document. What do I scan? Anything. Everything.


Using 3D computer-aided design software is like building with LEGO bricks, but digital so you don't have to worry about stepping on stray blocks. Without this, most of my projects wouldn't be possible. SOLIDWORKS is my main tool, though I use OnShape and 3DS Max for some things as well.


Commonly known as 3D printing, additive manufacturing is the physical outlet for my CAD models. I can design something in a 3D CAD program, send it to one of my printers, and hold the finished item in my hands a few minutes or hours later. It doesn't get any cooler than that.