GO

Made-to-Measure

GO is a made-to-measure, 3D-printed consumer wheelchair designed to fit the individual needs of a wide range of disabilities and lifestyles. The custom form of the seat and foot-bay is driven by 3D digital data derived from mapping each user’s biometric information.

The resulting wheelchair accurately fits the individual’s body shape, weight and disability to reduce injury and increase comfort, flexibility, and support. The accompanying GO app allows users to participate in the design process by specifying optional elements, patterns and colourways, and to place orders.

GO is the result of an intensive, two-year research period during which the studio interviewed dozens of wheelchair users and medical professionals to establish ways to remove the stigma associated with wheelchairs as medical devices and create a more human-centered vehicle.

Client

Materialise

Sector

Transport

Year

2016

Disciplines

Strategic research
Industrial design
Digital design
Colour, material and finish
Engineering
Art direction

Awards

Fast Company Innovation by Design Award – Best Product
Design Index Award – Best Product
Ideat – Designer of the Year

We developed new technology and a manufacturing process that generated life-changing IP

“GO is an excellent example of the use of 3D printing to offer mass customisation and personalisation of products. This project is a meaningful application of 3D printing to have a positive impact on individuals’ lives”

Philip Hudson – Managing Director, Materialise