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We translate ideas into objects.

The IDEA Center's Innovation Lab helps entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers translate their ideas into tangible products. Founded in 2018, the Innovation Lab has already helped launch a diverse collection of successful startups and products. Whether you’re a Notre Dame student, faculty member, or an entrepreneur in the community, if you have an idea, the Innovation Lab can help you take it from conception to commercialization.

Our Process

The Lab’s process leverages three key components: Design, Prototype, and Launch. Our clients can plug into one or all of these assets. Initial project consultations are offered free of charge— the Lab’s door is always open!

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  1. Design

    Our designers synthesize your rough sketches and concepts into 3D models. You are able to work alongside both industrial and graphic designers to bring your ideas to life.

  2. Prototype

    The Lab maintains world-class 3D printing and laser cutting equipment in plastic, rubber, wood, cardboard, and sheet metal. The Lab can take your product from first article to MVP to small batch production!

  3. Launch

    The Lab is pleased to offer six dedicated startup bays and four additional workbenches for our clients to occupy as they launch their companies.

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Get Started

We'd love to help move your dreams from concept to reality. Contact Lab Director Matt Leevy at wleevy@nd.edu.