Fix-ed High School Design Program Completes Repair Of First Mobility Scooter
The Fix-ed team are proud to announce that the first mobility scooter has been fully repaired, customised and given new life. Beyond diverting this from landfill, The first scooter will now provide value by serving those who most need it at a Bolton Clarke Retirement Village.
With the first scooter repaired, students have learnt valuable skills not only in hands-on repair skills, but also human-centred design.
The process included fully stripping the scooter back down to it's separate components. Students replaced some broken parts with new custom hand-made or 3D printed pieces. All components were inspected, repaired and prepped for new paint, which included a variety of processes such as sandblasting, grinding and welding.
All chassis and body components were primed and painted to a professional standard. New labels were prepared for areas like the dashboard and wheel hubs, with students recreating artwork on Adobe Illustrator before they were printed and cut on vinyl stickers.
A new dashboard was laser cut and fitted to provide scooter users with clearer indications of readings such as power, signalling and speed.
In reassembling the scooter, students were presented with a number of challenges, particularly when it came to troubleshooting and getting to the bottom of previously detected issues in the electrics. This saw students re-doing a large part of the wiring.
Bolton Clarke resident June visited the Fix-ed class alongside other Bolton Clarke representatives in order to try the scooter and provide some feedback, before the official handover at the beginning of 2018. The scooter will be shared amongst the retirement village with residents able to make bookings for the scooter for times when they most need it.
Active Scooters Director John Messenger provided valuable support throughout the project and the school is very thankful for the time and knowledge shared.