Make a Change, Turn to a New Page
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary
Floor Location : M 053 N
Using a structured design process, I created a page turner for people with limited hand mobility. I went through the process of setting requirements, brainstorming and evaluating multiple designs and materials. To decide which solutions were optimal, I set rating criteria and ranked the various options. I modeled the first solution of the page turner in Pro/e, a 3D modeling program. Once that was complete, I used a 3D printer to make the handle of my invention. I used an eraser for the bottom part of my device, to turn the pages. I tested this first model using rating criteria that I devised, then addressed its shortcomings. I improved the design and created a second solution. I tested the updated design myself, using the same movements that the user could perform. After final product testing, I asked a person with limited hand mobility to test it. She tested it on three types of paper: a novel, a stapled document, and a magazine. She was able to give me insightful feedback on how the design worked, and how it could be customized to better work for her limited mobility. From the experiment with her, I determined that the page turner would work for the original person that it was designed for. I also learned that adaptive devices such as this one must be specifically designed for the intended user. The flexibility and speed of 3D printing is ideal for this application.