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Patient develops mini wheelchair ramp

Shared by Marie Esmenio on 2014-04-29 14:28

About the solution

“I first bought a 3D-Printer from MakerBot around mid-year (...) I began designing some basic shapes, and it dawned on me pretty quickly that I could print two wheel chocks that would help me ride up small steps in my power wheelchair. The ramps should be large enough to allow you to ride up a decent-sized step, yet small enough and light enough to fit into the back pocket of the wheelchair. The first attempt promptly failed, as the chocks were too steep. With the help of my buddy, Benni, we optimized the shape, reduced the steepness, added a non-slip surface for the wheels, and experimented with stability. Of course, there is still room for improvement. For example, I cannot reach the ramps in the back pocket and set them down by myself. But that was not really the idea. I find asking for help acceptable. Theoretically, it is possible to correctly position the ramps by yourself using an all purpose grabber”, he explained.

More info: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:213181

Adapted from: http://raul.de/inspiring/printing-a-mini-wheelchair-ramp-yourself-with-a...

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About the author

Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen was born in 1980, in Lima, Peru and lives in Germany. He suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and is a wheelchair user. He developed a 3D printed mini wheelchair ramp.

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