REHABILITATION INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO/SEGAL DESIGN INSTITUTE INTERNSHIP
As an intern for the Segal Design Institute, I worked on several smaller projects doing small redesigns and replication of current products. I worked on a team with two other students. A list of projects with short descriptions follows.
Takeaways and Skills Developed
- Proficiency on a range of prototyping equipment: laser cutter, milling machine, lathe, sheet metal equipment
- Innovating and improving on current products
- Balancing multiple projects at once
Products Worked On
Description: Hydrotherapy device to immobilize the knee during therapy
- Modified design for larger patients and small children
- Manufactured 10 new devices
Ease Zip Zipping Aid
Description: Assistive zipping device to provide stability and support for individuals who have had strokes and have limited use of half of their body.
- Developed magnetic attachment technique
- Determined shape of parts
- Made the device portable (previously attached permanently to a jacket)
- Changed material from Acrylic to ABS to improve toughness
Insulin Pen Aid
Description: Device that aids people with use of only one arm with storing, loading, and operating an insulin pen.
- Made device more compact
- Redesigned the disinfectant wipe slot for easier access
- Improved durability through material change from rubber to aluminum
Description: Power wheel chair arm attachment with a detachable bag for easy shopping.
- Redesigned the bag holder to be sturdier
- Added black cloth covering and padding for user comfort
- Manufactured 8 devices