Are 3-D Printed Wheelchairs the Future?

benjamin hubert and his london-based layer design firm have created a 3-d printed wheelchair.

qmed staff

3-d printing appears to be especially useful for medtech because it offers the possibility of medical devices individually tailored to users.

case and point is the wheelchair--with a 3-d printed version created by benjamin hubert and his london-based layer design firm, which partnered with 3-d printing company materialise on the project. the go wheelchair is a "made-to-measure 3-d printed consumer wheelchair that has been designed to fit the individual needs of a wide range of disabilities and lifestyles," layer says on its website.

each user's biometric information is mapped into 3-d digital data that is then used to print a custom seat and foot bay. 

the seat is made of a semi-transparent resin and thermoplastic polyurethane plastic to provide shock-absorption, while the foot bay is made out of titanium, according to dezeen

layer is now shopping around for manufacturers interested in making the wheelchair, dezeen reports. 

check out a video from layer about the wheelchair's features:

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chris newmarker is senior editor of qmed and mpmn. follow him on twitter at @newmarker.

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