This is a modular cane that can be used to help you build a cane with useful parts, such as a hook for carrying, and balls on the bottom to help it slide around without extra weight. I made this, because it is not very uncommon for some of the elderly or disabled to need assistance with things that couldn't even weight 2 pounds. This was created to help them carry these objects with ease, while also supporting themselves. To create this, you will need access to:
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Step 1: The One and Only Step: Print!
If you have access to a 3D printer, or a relative with a 3D printer, you can do this in the much cheaper, preferred way.
Start by retrieving the files from MyMiniFactory. Afterwards, load them into a slicing software and prepare them to print. You will have to orient them specifically for best results; In order to get best results, you will need to orient the pieces so that any hollow points are facing upwards. This does not have to be done for the bottom piece. It is very important that the pieces are set up so that they are at 100% real scale. At real scale each piece should be:
- 5 inches at the base.
- 6 inches each for the hook & extension attachments
- 4 inches at the top
- Each piece will be 3 inches shorter when attached to each other.
When you begin printing, you will still have to wait. Each piece took about 4-5 hours each when printed on a Formlabs Form 2. Results will vary of course. When you are done, make sure your prints are smooth and ready for use. It is recommended that this is printed with resin, or a good quality ABS filament in order to be handled for everyday use. You may have to do some light sanding in order for the parts to fit together more efficiently.
Step 2: Alternate Step: Use Online 3D Printing Service.
If you do not have access to a 3D printer, before doing this, I would just get a regular cane. If you do wish to try this, services like Shapeways and Craftcloud3D exist and can print this for you. After collecting the part files from MyMiniFactory, you can upload them to the service and prepare them for print choosing your color, quality setting, and possibly, material. When you do this, parts will cost anywhere from $40, up to $150 for a single part. When ordered, you will have to wait up to 2 weeks for the part to be made an finalized for shipping. When you receive your parts, they should already be ready to go to be assembled and used.
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