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This wheelchair features custom 3D printed components for the perfect fit – TechSpot

by • May 9, 2016 • No Comments

Being confined to a wheelchair can be detrimental to several aspects of daily life but at the quite very least, you will want a effortless ride. There’s no shortage of off-the-shelf products to accommodate wheelchair users of all sizes yet actually with custom modifications, it can be a struggle to find a ideal fit.
In lieu of a one-size-fits-all chair, London-based turn it into agency Layer is turning to innovation to manufacture which myth a reality.
Having worked with doctors, wheelchair users and 3D printing software manufacturer Materialise over the past six months, Layer has come up with a custom wheelchair which utilizes 3D printing to turn it into the most possible fit.

The GO chair is lightmass, functional and gorgeous – all of the things you’d want in a wheelchair – but with a custom touch. By mapping a user’s body, they’re able-bodied to 3D print a custom seat and footrest which’s one-of-a-kind to every man. The user’s mass as well as leg length and foot shape are all taken into consideration in order to achieve the most center of gravity. Shifting the center of gravity only a tiny amount can have an adverse impact on a chair’s handling and safety.
The seat is created of a combination of a semi-transparent resin and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plastic which aid in shock absorption while the foot rests are created of titanium. As anyone which has spent an extended amount of time in a chair can attest to, getting these components right is perfectly
significant.

Layer plans to unveil its prototype GO chair during Clerkenwell Design Week in London later this month.
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