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Brad Freese has been working with 3D computer models since the mid 90's when he started using Swivel3D by Paracomp on a Macintosh Performa computer.

Working with a video toaster in the late 90's upped his game by introducing him to Lightwave3D by NewTek, software that he has been using in his free time ever since.

In 2003 Brad earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa. He spent 2 years doing software testing in Kansas City before moving to Fort Myers, FL where he discovered a love of teaching.

He spent 2 years teaching fantastic high school students in Florida before moving again with his wife to Tucson, Arizona. In 2011 he earned a Masters degree in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona and spent another 2 years teaching Chemistry to awesome students.

With the arrival of his second child, Brad and his wife decided together that he should take up the mantle of stay-at-home Dad.

Despite the life of luxury the phrase "stay-at-home Dad" may conjure up, the very few hours of free time that Brad had each week were spent at Xerocraft - the maker space in Tucson, AZ.

There he learned the art of 3D printing along with other skills like wood working and welding.

He moved to the greater Des Moines area with his family in late 2015 and immediately joined Area 515 Maker Space. He was elected to the board of directors in 2017, and elected Secretary for 2018.