3D Printing Enables The Disables

Ikea Israel in a regional project, joined hands with two NGOs to bring ease, confidence and betterment in the lives of disabled people with the help of 3D printing technology.

 

1. Project “ThisAbles” is providing 13 free 3d printable designs for wardrode and home enhacements for disables.

2. The designs can be 3d printed and augments the already present furniture in the home, making it easy to use for disabled people.

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3. Designs, a few to name, are easy handle, mega switch, cane by me, etc.

4. Project has the feature where in anyone from around the world can contribute to the free library.

5. 3d printing technology paves the way, for 10% disabled people around the world, for inclusion into the everyday home living with dignity.

 

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The Snap Cup attachment for MALMO beds. Image via IKEA Israel

 

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A panel that protects glass doors in case of collision. Image via IKEA Isreal

 

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A couch lift for sitting down and getting up more easily.

 

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    At the Boston Home in Massachusetts, residents are enjoying the benefits of a 3D printer busy pumping out new designs and objects that increase their quality of life and allow them to do things they could not do previously. This 3D printer, operated there by Don Fredette, the adaptive equipment specialist, allows—as a start—for items like customized wheelchair joysticks, control knobs, and cup holders. These ‘luxuries’ are not always covered by insurance and often require customized building as they simply aren’t offered anywhere. These are also the types of things most of us just expect—a way to steer our movement—and certainly enjoying cup holders galore. These go under the category of ‘all those things we take for granted.’ While it may seem to be a lot of trouble to go to, these are accents that can indeed make all the difference for the disabled.

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