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 - 1 Jan 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

Conference

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

Keywords

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

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    Chacon-Cifuentes, P., Zuleta-Gil, A., Cadavid, G. S., Valencia-Escobar, A., Correa-Bedoya, E., & Echeverria-Echeverria, F. (2020). Interdisciplinary Approach of the Design Process for the Application of New Materials in Wheelchair Design. In C. S. Shin (Ed.), Advances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design - Proceedings of the AHFE International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 2019 (pp. 75-82). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 968). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20470-9_9