Like many innovators, Brian Davis got the idea for a new product — and business — after failing to find what he needed elsewhere.

Davis, an Appleton resident and avid cyclist, was looking for a tool to help him quickly and easily make repairs. When he could not find one, he connected with the Fox Valley Technical College Fab Lab, a small-small workshop offering digital fabrication that’s an outreach of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms.

Staff members and others at the FVTC FAB Lab helped Davis turn his idea into a reality: Fix It Sticks tools for bicycles.

“When I get annoyed with something, I try to come up with a solution,” Davis said. “Everyone has ideas, but so few people push it all the way through the end.”

The Fix It Sticks debuted in 2013. Since then, he’s brought two other ideas to the Fab Lab experts, who helped him develop two additional products — the Backbottle hydration bottle and the Weatherneck System balaclava. Read the full story here.