From the shelves in your local Wal-Mart to the operating room at the closest hospital, 3D products are everywhere. In just a relatively short period of time, 3D printing has taken the world by storm and the product possibilities using this type of technology are seeming endless. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that someone has been able to create 3D printed wheelchair that is not only functional, but also accessible and affordable.
According to a story at 3ders.org, Australian-based innovator Hugo Riveros “recently designed and made accessible the files and instructions for 3D printing a functional wheelchair.” Riveros, who has spent over 10 years working in the architecture industry, said he decided to put his efforts into designing a 3D printed wheelchair “because of his own experience using a wheelchair at one point in his life and because of his overwhelming want to help people with disadvantages.”
The first version of the project, titled HU-GO, consists of printed parts, a plywood frame, support rods, and big wheels, and hardware (nuts, bolts, and zip ties). Riveros hopes to continue to make modifications and improvements to the design and 3D print the wheels and hubs in the future.
Riveros, who has shared the detailed process of fabrication on his website along with 10 files for 3D printing, wants to eventually reach people who are not only disabled and need “assistive technology,” but also those who may not be wealthy or have a high social standing.
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