The Leveraged Freedom Chair designed with SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Article by Rod Mackay updated June 9, 2015


For the physically disabled, a functional wheelchair can be a lifeline to a more productive life. Realizing that poor road conditions were hindering the mobility of wheelchair-dependent people in developing nations, the designers at Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT) used SOLIDWORKS to develop a radically new lever-based design. Watch the video below to meet the members of the former MIT Mobility Lab that created a wheelchair that’s improving mobility and changing lives:

Visit the GoGrit Freedom Chair website and their kickstarter project to learn more.

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Product design does not occur in a vacuum and has a significant impact on manufacturing. In fact, 3D design carries even greater potential for streamlining production processes, especially when you take advantage of Design for Manufacturability tools and applications. With these technologies, you can avoid the manufacturing delays, cost overruns, and shop-floor retrofits that work against your company’s success and competitive position.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.