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    Customising the Future - More Accuracy, More Choice - a New Model for Wheelchairs and Assistive Technology.

    10/8/19 | 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM time

    Presenters

    Jake Honeywill, Motivation Charitable Trust (Bristol, United Kingdom)

    Dominic Noble, Motivation Charitable Trust (Bristol, United Kingdom)

    Session format
    Advanced Instructional Course
    Category
    Seating & Wheelchair
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    Jake Honeywill

    Languages
    English
    Agenda

    Abstract

    No two people are the same; we are all different shapes and sizes, we partake in different tasks and activities and we do them in vastly varied environments. As such, mass-produced wheelchairs cannot provide the optimum product for all individuals regardless of the skills of the service provider. There are many challenges with the current sector model which limits product choice, and also has questionable long term sustainability.

    In this presentation we will demonstrate a new provision model for wheelchair services which aims to resolve some of the fundamental challenges within current methods. We will explain new innovations in digital measurement and Computer Aided Design systems which will give clinicians new tools to automatically and accurately generate made-to-measure wheelchairs specifically suited to the user and their environment.
    These new innovations enable an interactive assessment process and give choice for the client and clinician to select product features that will best serve their daily living requirements. Whilst maintaining the clinician at the very heart of this process, the prescription of the optimum combination of seating posture and chassis performance may be achieved.

    We will explain how the application of additive manufacture can empower this system, and how it may work on a larger scale producing made-to-measure wheelchairs and custom seating units in a distributed production model that could enable wheelchair services across the world to reduce their dependence on the import of mass produced mobility products.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    To learn about the benefits of a mass customisation service model for assistive technology.
    We will demonstrate the stages of this model and explain the innovations which enable them.

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