Students, community members, and start-ups with either a concept, product improvement, or invention, we welcome your idea at any stage of development. With our expertise in entrepreneurship, design, engineering, and marketing we will work with you to expand your idea and create solutions.

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Innovative New Tool for HVAC Workers!

Local entrepreneur and sheet metal worker, Ron Aho, first came to Invent@NMU at the end of January, 2016 with a crude prototype of a tool for HVAC workers (aka Tinknockers) to increase efficiency and reduce strain on the body. Invent@NMU students worked closely with Ron to refine his prototype design, create CAD models for manufacturing, and design the packaging and website. NMU's College of Technology and Occupational Sciences Advanced CNC Operations class, under the guidance of associate professor for Engineering and Technology Cale Polkinghorne, manufactured the first beta run of the Tinknocker Tool.

You can check out the Tinknocker Tool here.


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Real World Experience

Student Employees

We are applying skill-sets directly from the classroom to develop our clients product ideas by making prototypes, designing packaging, building websites, and marketing the products


Student Inventors

Students exercise their creative minds by bringing ideas through our process and gain valuable insight on all aspects of product development.

Invent@NMU is a program of Northern Michigan University with funding from the MEDC.


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