A closer look at the world's first consumer 3D-printed wheelchair
Earlier this month, we got our first peak at concept images of the GO wheelchair from Layer Design – a stylish-looking product that's designed to be tailored to each individual user. Now, the company has provided a detailed look at the product itself, as well as the purpose-built gloves it plans to sell alongside it.
The design of the GO wheelchair looks every bit as sleek in the new images as it appeared in the concept shots that Layer released earlier this month. The design of the chair incorporates two 3D-printed elements – the seat and the foot bay. The team spent six months fine-tuning the product, gathering feedback from wheelchair users and medical professionals, and the end result certainly looks slick next to a more standard wheelchair.
Layer has also provided a first look at the custom gloves that it plans to sell alongside the chair, designed to reduce the strain put on users' hands when self-propelling. The surface of the gloves is designed to lock into the GO's push rims, providing a greater power-to-push ratio.
Aside from the new images, Layer also released some illustrations of how users will be able to customize the chair to best suit their needs. These adjustments include changes to the angle of the back of the chair, as well as seat length and angle, and footrest height, length and angle.
The seat of the wheelchair will be tailored to individuals by means of 3D mapping their biometric information. Optional components such as transfer bars, wheel guards and push bars can be added to orders via the company's app, and users can even pick different pattern designs for the printed seat.
The project is a collaborative effort between Layer's research division LayerLAB, and Materialise – a leader in 3D-printing solutions. The GO wheelchair will on show during the Clerkenwell Design Week in London next week as part of an exhibition of the design firm's work.
While Materialise is set to handle the 3D printed components, Layer is now looking for additional partners to manufacture other parts of the chair, and to help it distribute the product into the market.
The chair can be seen in use, in the video below.
Source: Layer Design