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Steve Cox, Rachael Wallach

AULON2446: Disrupting Disability with Fusion 360

(Duration 38:00)

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Key Learning

Key Learning

  • Collaborating with Fusion 360
  • Simulation with Fusion 360
  • Digital Fabrication with Fusion 360
  • Fusion 360 adoption

Materials

Materials

Description

Description

Disrupt Disability is a social enterprise that aims to build a community of wheelchair users, designers, and makers who can create wheels that people want to wear. The reason for disrupting the worldwide market of 65 million people who need a wheelchair is that 8 out of 10 of them do not have access to one, either because of a prohibitive price tag or the customisation often needed to suit the user's environment and physical needs. Rachael Wallach is the founder of Disrupt Disability and is a wheelchair user herself. Rachael's vision is to leverage the opportunities now possible using the newest digital design, collaboration and digital manufacturing methods to give users choice and control over the form and function of their wheelchairs. These latest tools and methods have the ability to satisfy the needs of customised, market-of-one solutions, and therefore present an exciting enabler for the wheelchair market where traditional design and production methods are not delivering suitable solutions and products. Fusion 360 has been a cornerstone of the project so far. When Rachael got the opportunity to study at Stanford University shortly after the start of the project her sudden relocation did not affect progress as Fusion 360's collaboration tools, the ability to easily share designs and carry out live review sessions came to the fore. The modular approach to provide customised solutions is framed around the use of a common, structural core module. Development of this core module is central to the structural integrity of the wheelchairs that will be developed from it, so the Simulation environment in Fusion 360 was pivotal to ensuring that this module was fit for purpose before committing to the first prototypes. When it came to designing a seat module where the form of the seat was to be much more closely fitting to the individual the Sculpt environment enabled the generation of the complex surfaces required. The principle of a seat that follows the form of the user is one of the ways of achieving the vision of wearing our wheels as well as ensuring people see the person in the wheelchair, and not the wheelchair itself.

Target Audience

Target Audience

CAD Manager, CAE Analyst, Education Professional / Administrator, Executive/Corporate Manager, Industrial Designer, Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Product Engineer, Product Manager, Project Manager, Student, Technical Consultant, Technology Manager, Trainer

Speakers

Speakers

Steve Cox

Steve Cox is a qualified, professional engineer with over 30 years of experience working in the automotive industry, having had engineering responsibility for many vehicle projects that involved meeting multi-million-pound investment budgets together with leadership of teams of up to 25 engineers. He is now a 3D technologies consultant and educator working across a wide range of sectors. Steve is very much involved with the future of making things through his training activities with Fusion 360 as an Autodesk Certified Instructor, together with promoting the use and applications of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This is both within the education sector and industry where he is also upskilling engineering and manufacturing users in the latest 3D digital engineering workflows. Steve also offers consultancy and services in the area of product design and engineering together with 3D printing/additive manufacturing.

Rachael Wallach

Rachael Wallach is the founder and CEO of Disrupt Disability. Disrupt Disability was founded in 2016 and is developing the first modular wheelchair system: Wheelwear. With Wheelwear you can continuously optimise your wheelchair to your body, lifestyle, and environment by swapping different parts for different places. Wheelwear is using parametric design, digital fabrication, and distributed manufacture to make customised wheelchairs affordable. Rachael is currently completing a master's degree in Business Administration at Stanford University. She is an IDIF Social Innovation Fellow. Before moving into tech, Rachael worked for the UK Government where she led a national program building the capacity of social care not-for-profits. Prior to this she worked for the UK's National Health Service as Commissioner of services for disabled children and young people. Before moving to the US, Rachael was vice chair of Scope, the UK's leading disability charity.

Tags

Published

  • 2018
  • AULON2446
  • AU London

Industry

  • Automotive & Other Transportation, Consumer Products, Other Manufacturing

Topics

  • 3D Printing, Automotive and Industrial Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Simulation