Interdisciplinary Approach of the Design Process for the Application of New Materials in Wheelchair Design

Paula Chacon-Cifuentes, Alejandro Zuleta-Gil, Gustavo Sevilla Cadavid, Andres Valencia-Escobar, Esteban Correa-Bedoya, Felix Echeverria-Echeverria

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    Abstract

    The appropriation of new technology requires the design and development of products that are accepted by the market. Developing such products is a complex task that usually requires the integration of knowledge from multiple disciplines. In the field of new materials, developments that can be applied to assistive technology are constantly made. This work studies the collaboration between users and professionals from industrial design, engineering, human factors, and disability for the design of an all-terrain wheelchair. This product incorporates the use of magnesium alloys, a material with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and good damping properties. With a human-centered design approach, tools such as interviews, focus groups, prototyping, and testing were used in several stages of the process. It allowed achieving a design that takes advantage of the properties of the new material and, at the same time, meets the mobility, stability and comfort requirements of the users.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design - Proceedings of the AHFE International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 2019
    EditorsCliff Sungsoo Shin
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Pages75-82
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9783030204693
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2020
    EventAHFE International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 2019 - Washington D.C., United States
    Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    Volume968
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357
    ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

    Conference

    ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWashington D.C.
    Period24/07/1928/07/19

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    Funding. Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación en Colombia (COLCIENCIAS), grant 1115745-58322.

    Funding Information:
    Acknowledgments. The authors are grateful to “Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS)” of the Colombian Government (Grant 1115745-58322), “Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo y la Innovación (CIDI)” from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana through UPB-Innova Rad: 747B-03/17-35, Universidad de Antioquia, SENA and Universidad de Medellín.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

    Keywords

    • Assistive technology
    • Design practice
    • Light alloys
    • Product development
    • User-centered design

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