After compiling a research report in to Carbon Fibre it was decided that some form of support or walking aid made from the material would be highly beneficial to people having mobility difficulties. The light weight high tensile strength of the material would offer unmatched qualities whilst also offering the possibility of a bespoke design in comparison to those standardised designs available on the market.
This ultimately turns the preconception of carbon fibre a normally perceived inaccessible and specialist material used only in the likes of super cars, high performance sports equipment and expensive products in general on its head. The aid would serve those with less money and greater need.
From further research I found those that will benefit most from the use of the material in aid design will be those that have a long term walking difficulties relying on the use of their aid for long periods. The desired lighter weight, ergonomics and overall aesthetics will give the user a better quality of life enabling them to perform daily tasks despite their impairment. Ultimately the aid would do just that aid and not hinder.
The final design has to be considered for frequent and prolonged use an so cannot be obtrusive in size, weighing less than 400g singular or as a pair 800g, it must offer a large of fittings for differentiating sizes to accomodate different users. Key anthropometric adjustments of the forearms, legs/ torso and overall height must be achieved, this is a long term solution so it will need to use high grade materials throughout to maintain the quality of the product.
The solution should be a product that offers an alternative to the poorly considered designs on the market, giving the user a more satisfactory and centric design that benefits them in everyday situations. The age range use of the aid should be between 10 - 90 years abiding by the current British and International Standards in place which stipulates it must support weights up to 120 kg (18.9 stone).
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