Center-mounted footrests lift to be stowed beneath the seat well, and lower to be deployed. A mechanism for independent operation of footrest stowage and deployment is not included in market power wheel chairs, and PWC users have expressed the need for such a mechanism. We aim to design a solution that permits wheelchair users to independently lift and lower a center-mounted footplate during transferring processes.
The mock-up is designed to showcase the mechanism by which the track slide design works to lift and lower the power wheelchair center-mounted footrest. The instructables for this design will most likely require access to a machine shop. Bolding indicates important instructions.
link to youtube video demonstrating use, and uses of several other designs:
The demonstration of redesigned footrest - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xuyup0bdli0&feature=related
Step 1: Procuring Materials
List of Materials (All materials will be pictured in latter steps)
Essential device materials
drawer slide (shown in Fig 1)
3 long hinges
1 miniature sized hinge
screws, washers, bolts, bushings
aluminum scrap piece for making a handle bar
Retrofitting/Ergonomic nonessential materials
8020 construction set piece