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.
“The 3D printed seat takes inspiration from shapes in nature and forms the body”
The 3D printed seat takes inspiration from shape in nature and forms of the body. Postural support and response to each 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 in the name 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.