"A tool to improve the quality of life of wheelchair users," say designers at Layer.
Benjamin Hubert's London-based design firm Layer created GO, a made-to-measure 3D-printed consumer wheelchair, which promises to make the wheelchair more comfortable for its users. Creating custom products is expensive, however Layer figured a way to offer their creation to a wider audience, thanks to the 3D printing technology.
To create custom-fit, lightweight wheelchair, serving the disabilities and lifestyles of each individual customer, 3D digital data is obtained from mapping each user's biometric information. The resulting wheelchair - seat is printed from a semi-transparent resin combined with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plastic, while foot bay is made of titanium - accurately fits the individual's body shape, weight and disability to reduce injury (for example, by creating an ideal center of gravity to avoid tipping over) and increase comfort, flexibility, and support, explains the studio.
The product was officially presented at the Clerkenwell Design Week in London that took place end of May, but at the moment there is no news on when it will become available to pre-order and how much exactly will it cost.