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IKEA Creates Free 3D-Printed Furniture Extensions For People With Disabilities
By Izza Sofia, 14 Mar 2019
IKEA Israel has joined forces with non-profit organizations Milbat and Access Israel—companies that hope to transform the world into a more accessible place—to create a line of furniture that caters to people with special needs.
Named ‘ThisAbles’, the project sees the team modifying IKEA’s furniture to better meet the needs of people with disabilities.
The blueprints of these hacks are available online as free schematics, which can be 3D-printed to be attached to products like the ‘BILLY’ bookcase or the ‘KARLSTAD’ couch.
More than 10 designs are available to the public, and include items like the ‘EasyHandle’—which is a huge grip that can be added to the door of a ‘PAX’ shelf—and the ‘Glass Bumper’—a plastic pad that covers the bottom of the ‘BILLY’ bookcase to protect it from wheelchair bumps.
The project also comes with a series of ads that feature people with disabilities demonstrating the installation of these designs, which you can watch below.
[via Fast Company, opening image via IKEA Israel]
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