Disrupt Disability

Project: Wheelchair One
Client: Disrupt Disability

Wheelchairs need to be customised to the body, lifestyle and environment of their user but their needs are continuously changing. How can a wheelchair be continuously customised? What about customisation for style?

Cellule were commissioned to design, engineer and fabricate the first modular wheelchair system for the startup Disrupt Disability.

Year

2019

Sector

Assistive technology

Discipline

Parametric
Product
Industrial
Fashion
3d printing

Ethos

Biomimetism
Lightweight
Affordable
Aesthetic
Personalisation

The 3D printed seat takes inspiration from shapes in nature and forms of the body.

The 3D printed seat takes inspiration from shape in nature and forms of the body. Postural support and balance can be adapted to every user, responding to ergonomy needs.

The frame was manufactured using bicycle fabrication technology, allowing for the creation and assembly of bespoke frames. An elegant and minimal design made to the dimensions of the users, at accessible costs.

“Disrupt Disability were named as one of Nesta’s New Radicals in 2018.”

Aesthetic decisions were strongly linked to the wheelchair’s functionality, following functional requirements, defined by both the user and fabricators.

The project journey encompassed a wide and dynamic research process that included hackathons with wheelchair users, manufacturers, digital fabrication specialists and engineers. Following on from our development of Wheelchair One, Cellule were commissioned to develop a motorised version using the modular system.

Disrupt Disability were named as one of Nesta’s New Radicals in 2018.