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Catalyst Prototypes, 34A East Hill, Kent, London, DA11RZ

01322589378

BASKETBALL WHEELCHAIR SHOCK ABSORBERS

We were given a brief to design a product that can be used to improve basketball wheelchairs experience during play. The product had to be an attachment to the wheelchair and had to be easily accessible on a open-sourced platform, where users can download and fabricate the parts through a rapid-prototyping process.

In our research stage we actually took part in a basketball wheelchair game, to get hands on experience of the possible problems players come across during play. We found that the impacts from chair-to-chair collision caused major jerking of the body and sometimes would actually flip the chairs; this would often lead to bruising and injuring players later explained. So we decided to design and fabricate shock absorbers that would absorb most of the energy from collisions.