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Made-to-measure, 3D printed consumer wheelchair

19 May 2016

LayerLAB’s new project, GO, is a made-to-measure 3D printed wheelchair that has been designed to fit the individual needs of a range of disabilities and lifestyles.

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The custom form of the seat and foot-bay is driven by 3D digital data derived from mapping each user’s biometric information. The resulting wheelchair accurately fits the individual’s body shape, weight and disability to reduce injury and increase comfort, flexibility, and support. The accompanying GO app allows users to participate in the design process by specifying optional elements, patterns and colourways, and to place orders.

Layer will also provide custom gloves, designed to reduce the strain put on users’ hands when self-propelling. The design of the glove is made to match the GO’s push rims, providing a greater power-to-push ratio.

Users will be able to customise their wheelchair, making adjustments to the angle of the back of the chair, the seat length and angle and the footrest height, length and angle. 

Image courtesy of Layer

The seat of the wheelchair is tailored to the individual by means of mapping their biometric information. Optional components can be ordered via the company’s app, such as transfer bars, wheel guards and push bars and users can even pick their own style with various pattern designs for the printed seat.

GO is the result of an intensive, two-year research period during which the studio interviewed dozens of wheelchair users and medical professionals to establish how to remove the stigma associated with wheelchairs as medical devices and create a more human-cantered vehicle.

The project was a collaborative effort between Layer’s research division, LayerLAB and Materialise. The GO wheelchair will be on display at the Clerkenwell Design Week in London. 

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