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Multifunctional Walker Prototyped with 3D Printing

Designer and biomedical engineer, Eliza Wrobel, decided to improve the widely popular walker design and make it more functional, in order to help those, who want to stay active despite their disability. She used 3D printing to materialize her idea.

Activity as simple as walking becomes a challenge when someone struggles with old age or limb disabilities. The multifunctional walker features switchable add-ons like a shopping cart and a baby seat giving disabled people means to perform everyday tasks. At the same time, it retains the basic functionalities of a walker, including a regulated height. ZMorph 2.0 SX multitool 3D printer was used to create a prototype model of its design in a 1:2 scale to prove the idea, so one day it can go into mass production.

Built from 3D printed elements, handmade cushion, wire, straps, and screws, the prototype of the multifunctional walker consist of over 100 parts. Most of them were printed using various types of plastic filaments. Silver ABS was used for the frame because it made it easy to clean off the support from the tubing, while yellow and black PLA parts proved to be more durable. Black rubber-like Flex filament was also used for wheels, brakes, and arm pads at the top.

Serving as a proof of concept and a showcase model, this multifunctional walker prototype can be used during design meetings, business and investor meetings, and even trade shows. It’s also a fine example of how 3D printing can be used to reinvent and innovate in product development. Relatively low costs and short production time give additional advantage especially to young creative minds wanting to help the ones in need.

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