We are devoted to the betterment of human health and well-being through applied medical device innovation

Enhancing student learning experiences, engaging faculty and our community to bring novel medical devices to market.

About Us

Medical device development begins with an idea. The idea, often in the form of a napkin sketch, must cross a ‘development valley-of-death’. Med device development requires a broad range of science, engineering, and business resources. applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) serves the med device community as a means to cross the development valley-of-death, by providing access to researchers, engineers, medical professionals, business and entrepreneurial expertise within an integrated process that includes technical services, intellectual property, business review and mentoring. 


Our Services

aMDI provides a full range of services, including but not limited to: developing analytical and physical models; rapid prototyping and fabricating systems; comprehensive testing for technical feasibility; and incubator space. aMDI addresses business and market viability issue in collaboration with other entrepreneurial, regulatory, investment, and business architecture entities.  Commercialization is facilitated at aMDI by connecting to the region's existing commercialization and financing organizations. In addition to the physicians, nurses, and clinicians, aMDI serves small companies as a contract “R&D department” and large companies by providing responsive intellectual capacity to meet the demands of unforeseen business cycles or emerging technologies. 

aMDI differentiates itself with an applied focus, where proof-of-principle and go/no-go criteria are balanced with risk mitigation plan. This approach provides expedient response-models cost (high value) for early concept development and proof of concept delivery, if technically and commercially viable.

A Summary of Our First Years

Featured Team Member of the Month


Noah Keefer is an undergraduate student at Grand Valley State University. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering. He hopes that one day he can work in the Biomedical Engineering field specializing in prosthetics. Noah specializes in machining. From working at the Grand Valley School of Engineering, he has learned how to use manual mills, bench mills, lathes, and various other machining techniques.

In his free time, Noah enjoys backpacking and camping. His responsibilities at aMDI include designing prototypes with CAD and machining these designs for testing.


"Some of the most significant projects I have worked on at aMDI include an automated system for measuring the density of bones, mechanical design for a device that monitors fitness performance, mechanical designs for a hand sanitizing system for doctors, and as of recently, intensive research involving the Carbon M2 3D printer." - Full Interview

In the News

University collaborating with medical device company

February 05, 2019

The partners said toxicity of the materials historically has made 3D printing of polymer-based medical device components impossible, but Carbon's technology uses nine nontoxic families of materials.

How a Grand Valley State institute could impact medical device manufacturing

January 24, 2019

"Our study is looking at the threshold where 3D printing is the best option versus using traditional manufacturing methods like injection molding and CNC Machining," said Nowak, about the grant awarded last year.

GVSU students working with 3D printer on medical tech

January 24, 2019

A state-of-the-art 3D printer from Carbon, Inc. has been installed at the Padnos College of Engineering & Computing on the Medical Mile, letting students take part in real-world experiments.


January 22, 2019

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and the applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) in Michigan have been awarded half a million dollars for a two-and-a-half year medical 3D printing study.

3D tech helps GVSU create medical devices

January 22, 2019

Food and Drug Administration-approved materials are used in the process, and the method doesn't require the injection molds and other components used in traditional manufacturing.

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