Senior Design 04-05: Team 8
The goal of this project is to provide wheelchairs for people living
in developing countries. Wheels for the World is a Christian mission organization
that is currently meeting this goal through donations of used wheelchairs.
They have requested help designing a new wheelchair to handle the rugged
conditions found in developing countries. Additionally, this design must
be made cost effective, which will provide the gift of mobility to the
greatest number of people.
The frame is constructed from steel tube which is strong, cheap, and readily available in the destination countries. It encompasses a triangular footprint, designed to take weight off the front caster and increase maneuverability over and around obstacles. Cambered wheels give the user better stability, increased control and better turning power. The chair folds to fit into car trunks or for compact storage.
Team members from left to right:
Ryan Van Drunen, Jason Flietstra, Ryan DeWall, and Chris Van Roekel
Kort St. John - Invacare
Karen Gora - OrthoSEAT
Jack Wiswell - WizWheelz
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