Interdisciplinary Approach of the Design Process for the Application of New Materials in Wheelchair Design

  • Paula Chacon-CifuentesEmail author
  • Alejandro Zuleta-Gil
  • Gustavo Sevilla Cadavid
  • Andres Valencia-Escobar
  • Esteban Correa-Bedoya
  • Felix Echeverria-Echeverria
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 968)


The appropriation of new technology requires the design and development of products that are accepted by the market. Developing such products is a complex task that usually requires the integration of knowledge from multiple disciplines. In the field of new materials, developments that can be applied to assistive technology are constantly made. This work studies the collaboration between users and professionals from industrial design, engineering, human factors, and disability for the design of an all-terrain wheelchair. This product incorporates the use of magnesium alloys, a material with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and good damping properties. With a human-centered design approach, tools such as interviews, focus groups, prototyping, and testing were used in several stages of the process. It allowed achieving a design that takes advantage of the properties of the new material and, at the same time, meets the mobility, stability and comfort requirements of the users.


User-centered design Light alloys Product development Assistive technology Design practice 



The authors are grateful to “Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS)” of the Colombian Government (Grant 1115745-58322), “Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo y la Innovación (CIDI)” from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana through UPB-Innova Rad: 747B-03/17-35, Universidad de Antioquia, SENA and Universidad de Medellín.


Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación en Colombia (COLCIENCIAS), grant 1115745-58322.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Chacon-Cifuentes
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Alejandro Zuleta-Gil
    • 1
  • Gustavo Sevilla Cadavid
    • 1
  • Andres Valencia-Escobar
    • 1
  • Esteban Correa-Bedoya
    • 2
  • Felix Echeverria-Echeverria
    • 3
  1. 1.Grupo de Investigación de Estudios en Diseño, Facultad de Diseño IndustrialUniversidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Sede Central MedellínMedellínColombia
  2. 2.Grupo de Investigación Materiales con Impacto – MAT&MPAC, Facultad de IngenieríasUniversidad de MedellínMedellínColombia
  3. 3.Centro de Investigación, Innovación y Desarrollo de Materiales (CIDEMAT), Facultad de IngenieríaUniversidad de Antioquia UdeAMedellínColombia

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