Wheelchair Wheel

Following a previous idea for a wheelchair with wheels which can be split into three segments, this project intends to optimize the manufacturing process through advanced assisted injection processes technology, with the use of biopolymers and natural reinforcements. This will bring advantages over the current production method as the piece will be lighter, cheaper and recyclable.
The part is a prototype produced with a Fused Deposit Modeling (FDM) 3D printer in PLA material. The prototype was used to validate the part design functionality.
The design was studied in order to produce the parts in polypropylene and polypropylene reinforced with glass fiber. The goal is to study the application of biopolymer and natural reinforcements comparing to polypropylene and fiber glass reinforced polypropylene.

Equipment: Fused Deposit Modeling (FDM)

Material: PLA

Project: Wheel’s On