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TooWheels - the opensource wheelchair

TooWheels is a completely DIY wheelchair designed to be made everywhere in the world!
www.toowheels.org

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TooWheels is an opensource wheelchair project for people with disability designed to be completely DIY everywhere in the world, with custom dimension and local materials. The project is born as sport wheelchair but is evolving to answer different needs, due to the users and the community involved in the project. From India to Ecuador, across Italy we are developing a maker's answer to the needs of people with disability in collaboration with many partners and the FIBA (the Italian national federation for sport with disability). You can download files and instructions of the project from the website, customize it for for your size, and make the wheelchair at home or using digital fabrication machinery if you are close to a FabLab.
Taking part in the project you can cut down the cost of 10 times!
TooWheels project received in 2016 the "Compasso d'oro" awards, an international prize of the Italian Design Association ADI, and many other awards.

Toowheels is a DIY wheelchair, you can build using simple materials and tool like plywood, pipes and bicycle parts.

You can change dimension and size, and if you want you can make a custom wheelchair for any needs you have!

Toowheels is easy to make, and customizable using local materials and resources. We are working on setting some hub in developing countries to involve people with disability for local production, generating jobs opportunity, social benefits, and device for mobility.

The advantages of this project are different:

- it's customizable ergonomically and technically in order to create a wheelchair for the needs of each ones, and for the available local materials;

- it's 10 times cheaper than a sport wheelchair with the same performances;

- it's adaptable to answer different needs, starting from the same frame you can build a sport, an off-road, or a city wheelchair changing only some details;

- it's an opensource project, you can download 3D files or printable plans from the website, and make it with digital fabrication technology in places like Fablabs, or you can use simple DIY tools like a saw and a driller.

I started this project in 2012, creating a network of people working and suggesting new improvements. After several collaborations we are searching new goals, ready for new challenges!

TOOWHEELS_1_project photos.pdf

Here some photo of the project!

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TOOWHEELS_2_BOM.pdf

Here the Bill of material you need to make your wheelchair.

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TOOWHEELS_3_INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

Here you can find the step by step instruction to make your wheelchair, from the ergonomic customization to the final assembly.

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TOOWHEELS_5_ASSEMBLING MANUAL.pdf

Here you can find the mounting drawings of all the components.

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TOOWHEELS_4_PRINTABLE PLANS & CUSTOMIZATION.pdf

Here the plans that you can print with your home printer (ISO A4 paper size), and also the instruction to create a custom-size wheelchair

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  • 3 × Plywood panels 800mmX600mmX10mm
  • 5 × Threaded rods M8
  • 1 × Threaded rods M16
  • 40 × Bolts M8 x 40mm
  • 40 × Nuts M8

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