3D printing wheelchairs in developing countries

We are all different shapes and sizes. We live, work, study and play in different environments. One size doesn’t fit all. That’s why Motivation International is committed to providing wheelchairs that are individually assessed and fitted.

But what if we could design, produce and build wheelchairs that are specifically tailored to users’ specific needs, lifestyles and environments? Motivation InnovATe uses automated design and 3D printing to create made-to-measure wheelchairs that can be produced in developing countries. Product Designer, Jake Honeywill, explains the latest trial of Motivation’s system in Kenya, where he and the team have been working with local technicians and clinicians to make the first bespoke wheelchairs.

Motivation InnovATe is part-funded with UK aid from the UK government through the AT2030 programme.

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