DAY 2 & 3

A project log for O-trotti (Steam Fabrikarium)

Motorize a manual wheelchair

rsramyasatish3rsramyasatish3 02/13/2018 at 10:510 Comments

We decide to split the team for different missions:

1 - Find a way to attach the blue scooter

Issue: with 5 wheels the system could be hyperstatic, so there are risks that the motorized wheel is not efficient in case of hole on the road.

Solution: use a metal rod harness at the back of the wheelchair as a support to attach the scooter. For a better adherence of the 5th wheel on the road, we bended the metal rod to be sure that the wheel presses on the road

Other solution (given up meanwhile):

As the mechanism fell into place we figured out  the customized joinery that would connect the trotti to the wheelchair. These were modeled on fusion360 and are open source available in the file section of this project.

Issue: not resistant enough, very long print

2-Electronic alternative

As the scooter is quiet expensive, the goal is to create a motorized system that could replace it.

A team works on finding a low-cost alternative including battery, Arduino and motor controller.

3-Mecanic alternative

Find a substitute for the electric scooter motor and the power battery.


- Attach the wheel on the motor

- We used a plastic wheel and it should be better to use rubber one.

- Attach this system on the wheelchair

4- Ajay's wheelchair issue

Ajay already built a trotti by himself but as he got a new wheelchair, he would like to adapt his system on the new one and faced issues to attach it.

On its original system he also had difficulties to screw and unscrew it.