3D printer for Assistive Technology
In December, The de Laszlo Foundation generously funded a new 3D printer for the Assistive Technology department. You might not think a 3D printer is important to our work here but our technicians print a huge range of objects which not only enhance the lives of our students, but which also allow them to be more independent.
3D printer helping to transform lives at Treloar’s
Here at Treloar’s, the Assistive Technology Team works closely with other staff members to understand our students’ needs and the adaptations to equipment which may be required. For example, a bespoke cup handle with a wrap-around grip was designed and printed for a student who needs a small cup with a big handle as there were no suitable alternatives on the market. Using AutoCAD, the team have also designed a selection of wheelchair joystick knobs. These can be personalised for a student’s specific measurements and preferences, including colour! The technicians also 3D printed a custom-made letter board to support one of our students with communication. The student can now communicate by moving his finger along the board to spell the words while the board is held by a Student Support Assistant. The next version of this letter board is currently being designed—it will come with short phrases for quicker communication, with a stronger more durable board.
The 3D printer is in constant use and we’re extremely grateful to The de Laszlo Foundation for this highly sophisticated piece of equipment which is helping us improve the lives of our students.