From the materials chosen a modular wheelchair was designed allowing it to have a quick release system. The main feature of the design is that the main component is repeated throughout allowing for cheaper and easier manufacture and assembly. The design features a completely modular system, allowing the user to customise the wheelchair to their needs.
The traditional metal wheelchair has now been transformed into a contemporary lightweight modular wheelchair through the transition of polymers. Through innovative design methods and material choices the wheelchair has been narrowed to a total of 23 components (9 unique components) not only making it lighter but more durable at the same time.
Modularity, Ease of Manufacture through unique components, Lightweight, Durable, Design for Disassembly / Quick Release, Low Cost, Shock Resistant, Comfortable and Ease of Repair.
The aim of this project was to identify a traditional metal product and replace it with a next generation product, utilising the engineering quality of polymers to create an enhanced design. In this case a wheelchair was chosen because it was considered to have a great deal of potential. To re-design the wheelchair for people between the ages of 18 to 30 using polymer properties created a challenging but exciting project.
Through the use of material selection software and material testing suitable polymers were chosen. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyamide/Nylon (PA) and a Carbon Fibre axle.
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