3-D printed portable wheelchair ramps

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Thingiverse user Nanonan 3D-printed small wheelchair ramps to carry in his bag as he rolls around Berlin. Simple and effective! Download the files here.

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  1. xzzy says:

    Needs some kind of rivet gun or superglue to make them permanent fixtures. Should be a fun conversation when the city gets huffy about people defacing public property and everyone else wants to hear them explain why the sidewalks weren't made wheelchair accessible to begin with.

  2. Sorry to be a pooper, but as someone who makes stuff for a living, rather than a self styled "maker", this is the most ridiculous deployment of 3d printing I've seen, and that's saying something. Instead of cutting a couple of chunks of cheap softwood, and being able to make a more flexible and less steep device, let's spend many times as long and many times the cost to print it!

  3. Get off your high-sawhorse, gellflex. First, as a 3-D printed object it may very well be that someone who rides a wheelchair finds it easier to print something like this at home than go get lumber, pull out the power tools, and fashion something like this out of wood. Second, as a 3-D design, it's open to be tinkered with, so someone might design the next one with different treads, change the angle, eliminate uneeded material to make it lighter, stackable, more compact, wider to accommodate different wheels, etc. All of which makes the product refinement something that can be done by the community it serves, which is far better than having it made for them by someone who distinguishes himself from those pitiable "self-styled makers."

    It's amazing to me that some people these days still just don't get some fundamentals of what being a "maker" is about. It's not always about doing it more efficiently, more cheaply, or faster. It's about building something for yourself that meets your needs, learning how to do it, and realizing that not everything that gets made in the world has to be made in China or designed by people who "make stuff for a living". Sorry if the future doesn't include you.

  4. Lord help us if the future is defined by producing things in the least efficient way possible, we've spent millennia working in the opposite direction. Perhaps the future holds cheap printing ala Diamond Age, but for now it's vanity projects. There's a place for vanity projects, the entire Renaissance was financed by the wealthy for chuckles, but conflating it with real utility confuses the masses.

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