World First 3D-Printed Wheelchair
London company Layer is cutting a new path.
Wheelchairs seldom offer a perfect fit. Users often have to settle for a one-size-fits-all model, or else endure lengthy waiting periods while custom designs are drafted and the product is manufactured and eventually shipped.
This might all be about to change. Benjamin Hubert’s London-based design studio, Layer has recently unveiled Go, its prototype 3D-printed wheelchair. Set to debut at Clerkenwell Design Week later this month, the prototype is the result of six months worth of in-depth research, drawing extensively on the experiences of wheelchair users, as well as the insights of medical professionals.
“[a] tool to improve the quality of life of wheelchair users”
Up until this point, custom wheelchairs have been the exclusive privilege of elite athletes and the ultra-wealthy. Now, Layer hopes to be able to analyse the biometric profile of prospective wheelchair users, and use this information to generate a custom design in 3D printing software.
A semi-transparent resin and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plastic will offer shock-absorption, while a foot bay made out of titanium will provide secure and steady support.
“With the Go wheelchair, we saw an opportunity to really progress the manual mobility category for users with disabilities, and to use 3D-printing technology to solve significant and meaningful problems,” — Benjamin Hubert
With a sleek design and an admirable guiding vision, it will be interesting to see how the project evolves.
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