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Development of Customised Wheelchair Racing Gloves Using Digital Fabrication Techniques

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School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Brighton, Cockcroft Building, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ, UK
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ParalympicsGB, London W1W 6XH, UK
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School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton, Hillbrow, Denton Road, Eastbourne BN20 7SR, UK
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VÉLUS Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department, Université de Sherbrooke, 2500 Boulevard de l’Université, Sherbrooke, QC J1K 2R1, Canada
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Presented at the 13th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Online, 22–26 June 2020.
Proceedings 2020, 49(1), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2020049044
Published: 15 June 2020
Wheelchair racing gloves are typically solid 3D structures held in a clenched fist which help to propel the chair by pushing the glove against a rotating rail which is attached to the wheel to drive the wheelchair forward. There has been a recent movement towards developing customisable gloves using 3D scanning technique, however, currently there are no commercial offerings which allow for product customisation without being prohibitively expensive. The aim of this project, therefore, was to develop a scalable method for producing customised wheelchair racing gloves in a cost-effective way. The generated 3D forms were 3D printed in a variety of infill densities and finished with a grip liner. These 3D printed gloves were compared in terms of fit and perception of performance, and for their mass, cost and energy/power cost. The 3D printed gloves provided a substantially reduced mass with only a minimal reduction in overall strength at a comparable cost to the solid equivalent.
Keywords: wheelchair racing gloves; 3D printing; 3D scanning; mass-customisation wheelchair racing gloves; 3D printing; 3D scanning; mass-customisation
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Covill, D.; King, R.; Townsend, J.; Brickley, G.; Drouet, J.-M. Development of Customised Wheelchair Racing Gloves Using Digital Fabrication Techniques. Proceedings 2020, 49, 44.

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