By Jason Vander Griendt

June 26, 2016 at 8:14 am

It’s possible for anyone to learn how to make an invention

So you’ve had a brilliant idea that’s going to change the world? Now how do you make that idea into an invention you can become known for and will make the lives of people around the globe a better place to live?

If you’re anything like us, new ideas will keep popping into your head at all hours of the day. Sometimes we’ll we’re asleep even! Unfortunately not all these ideas are viable, some of them might even have been created by other people already!

If you have an idea in your mind, it’s important to do a bit of thinking and research on it before thinking you’ve found quick access to your retirement fund. If your research yields results that are favorable, then you can go ahead with making your invention. But if you find there is no market need for your idea, or that someone has invented it before you, you will have saved yourself lots of time and heartache.

While you’re probably excited to get started straight away on your invention, taking a step back and giving your idea it some careful thought and attention is important. Not only will this help ensure your idea is viable, it will also help protect your idea from being stolen in the future if you approach the product creation process in the correct way.

While there’s a lot that goes into creating, producing and promoting a brand new invention, below are a few steps to help get you going:

Document your idea

When you come up with hundreds of ideas every day it’s easy to forget that perfect one. That’s why documenting your ideas is so important. If you carry a notebook and jot down all your ideas you can come back to them at any point in the future, not having to rely on your memory. You might also find that an idea that seems silly now might have huge potential later with more attention. Documenting your ideas also helps to protect them. If you are unable to show any proof that this idea is yours, then no one will be willing to believe that you were the one who first came up with it.

Conduct research

Once you have decided on the idea which you are going to turn into an invention, the next step would be to immerse yourself in research. Research should be done in two area

  1. further research on the viability of your idea
  2. research on your ideal market

Can you find any information, case studies, market holes that support the viability of your idea. Who will use this product? What problem will you be helping them solve by creating it? This research will allow you to understand if there is a need for your invention in the marketplace and whether it would be accepted by your ideal customers or not.

Make a prototype

Once you have conducted all the research, it’s now time to build a prototype. You can start it off with a drawing of your product and then move on to making a 3D version of it. Send us your drawings, we’ll turn them into a CAD rendering and then 3d print the prototype for you. Once you are happy there are no flaws in your design, you can then move on to mass producing your invention.

Get a Patent

After you have finalized all the important design features of your product, you can go ahead and apply for a patent. This will allow your idea and product to be protected from your competitors.

Promote your invention

Lastly, you will need to promote and market your invention. There’s no point having a brilliant idea if no-one knows about it! In addition, the promotion should be done in such a way that it persuades your ideal customers to purchase your product. This stage can be pricey. It’s often said that half the money you spend on advertising is wasted – you’re just not sure which half. While modern marketing platforms make it easier to gauge where advertising dollars are best spent, prepare yourself to spend a decent chunk of money upfront to market your product before you see much return. Unless you can get yourself on SharkTank

If you have a great idea for an invention get in touch and we’ll give you advice about where to start.


Jason Vander Griendt

Jason Vander Griendt is a Mechanical Engineering Technician with years of experience working at major companies such as SNC Lavalin Inc, Hatch Ltd. Siemens and Gerdau Ameristeel. He is the CEO of JCAD – Inc., a company he started in 2006 after seeing a gap in the market for businesses who could assist clients through the entire product design and manufacturing process.

Jason has been featured in Forbes, has had his businesses analyzed and discussed in multiple start-up books, was a previous winner of the Notable8 Digital Innovator of the year award, and is a regular guest on business panels and podcasts. Email Jason at or follow him on LinkedIn.

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