Engaging young people with assistive technologies using 3D printing technologies and computer aided design (CAD) software.
Students with learning difficulties and disabilities at Hereward College in Coventry have expert knowledge of disability and what assistance is needed by young people living with disability. This project is about enabling them to tailor the design of tools and accessories to their own requirements and to investigate how they can share their designs and expertise with the wider community. By providing this opportunity we aim to raise aspirations of Hereward students, as they are currently unlikely to go into STEM areas.
Initial WMG research & design work with Hereward College
Over the summer months, WMG worked with Hereward College to design and 3D print an iphone mount with a bespoke attachment for a student's wheelchair. There are numerous different wheelchair designs and different users require items such as iphones to be attached in different positions, so this work provided an excellent example of how 3D design and print can help to produce bespoke user solutions. The design and 3D print process can be seen below:
|Assessing user needs||Producing 3D CAD drawing||Printed iphone mount in use|
The wheelchair user was consulted regarding required poistion, angle and anchoring point for the iphone mount. Photographs and measurements were taken and used to produce the 3D computer aided design of the iphone mount ready for it to be 3D printed at WMG.
The finished printed iphone mount was delivered to Hereward College and installed on the student's wheelchair. The position and angle were correct and the product was left with the user for evaluation.
Over the summer months further project work with Hereward College was completed by James Atkinson, WMG Student Intern - click here to see the Academic Poster produced by James.
|WMG||Computer Science||Hereward College||Student Tutors|
Research Page link
|Dr Claire Rocks||Paul Doyle||Isobel Ferguson|
STEM Outreach Project Officer
Dr Alexandra Cristea
|Howard Knight||James Atkinson|
|Dr Greg Gibbons
Research page link
Dr Jonathan Foss
|Evaluation: Sarah Jenkins, Jenesys Associates|
The project is being led by The University of Warwick Computer Science Department and Warwick Manufacturing Group working in partnership with Hereward College.
The Cubex Trio 3D printer for this project was kindly donated by 3D Systems Ltd
Friday 4th October 2013
Wednesday 25th September 2013
Wednesday 18th September 2013