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Material Matters: The Substance and Design of Complex Manual Wheelchairs

Material Matters: The Substance and Design of Complex Manual Wheelchairs 

Complex manual wheelchairs are sophisticated in their design and how they are manufactured, with the final result intended to be a robust solution that maximises a person’s mobility and independence.  

With complex manual wheelchairs we have a number of options – aluminium, titanium or carbon fibre frame materials with mono-tube or dual-tube design, how do we know which options are going to best meet a person’s needs?  

In this presentation will explore the different frame materials used in manufacturing and the qualities that each material offers, such as durability and vibration dampening.  We will explore the different design features of complex manual wheelchairs and the impact this has on the end users, including the addition of accessories. 

Course Level: Intermediate – Advanced 

Course Duration: One hour 

  • Compare three materials and the effect the materials have on weight, durability, longevity and vibration. 
  • Recognise how three materials used in making individually configured manual wheelchairs effect daily function utilising the ICF model. 
  • Describe the importance of wheelchair components in relation to weight and propulsion efficiency. 

How to Book: Contact education.au@permobil.com or call 1300 845 483 or 02 8838 3100 to be put through to your local Permobil representative.

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