QUARTERLY
DESIGN PROJECTS

2021-2022

Achievement House Exercise Facility

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Achievement House is an organization with locations across the greater SLO county “dedicated to providing services that encourage and support individuals with disabilities, so that they may successfully achieve their personal and professional goals.”

Using the provided workspace at Achievement House, QDP teams will help design an outdoor exercise facility that features adaptable equipment for those with physical disabilities or limitations.

2020-2021

COVID Personal Protective Equipment

2020 fall quarter's winning team engineered a pandemic-centered sanitary phone case. Key features included a stylus, door-opening handle, hand sanitizer spray, and wallet. The case would be manufactured from injection-molded plastic with a CNC'd antimicrobial brass stylus and door handle. 

Ergonomic Solution: Working from Home

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For the spring 2021 QDP, the Mirror Buddy Team's innovative, well thought-out periscope design addressed a key issue faced by Zoom users: sharing physical documents in a virtual setting. Finding a way to cast physical copies of hand-drafted engineering drawings onto a screen for feedback, the Mirror Buddy Team earned first place. 

Another creative, ergonomic idea, the Health-Yo-Self group designed an interactive chrome extension to remind people to take care of themselves, taking breaks to eat, drink, and move around, while working from home.

2019-2020

AbleGamers Quadstick Controller and Sanitation

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During the fall of 2019, teams designed a device to connect the Quadstick paraplegic game controller with an Xbox adaptive controller to be used by individuals with limited arm motion.

In addition, QDP teams came up with ways to increase sanitation of the Quadstick controller. The winning team took a human-centered design approach, creating a plastic mouthpiece with an intuitive magnet attachment mechanism.

Spinal Injury Prevention: Wheelchairs Posture

For our spring 2020 students tackled the issue of poor posture among elderly people in wheelchairs. This project was inspired by Darien Gold, a community member passionate about helping people lead healthy lives and prevent further spinal damage. The winning team developed a unique strapping system that attached seamlessly to a wheelchair.

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2018-2019

Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Paintball Wheelchairs

In the fall of 2018, we partnered with Gladiator Paintball Park, a local paintball company which hosts events for individuals with disabilities. Student teams were challenged to design a device that would allow wounded veterans to play paintball in a wheelchair. Their devices could be designed for either paraplegic or quadriplegic players. We selected two teams to continue this project, one for each disability.

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Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Paintball Wheelchairs

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For the spring 2019 QDP we presented teams with seven different prompts to choose from, including designing devices to assist with activities such as playing video games, eating food, putting on clothes, or walking upstairs. These devices were designed for individuals with disabilities like cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. The winning team created a simple device that makes it easier to brush one’s teeth.

2017-2018

Sport Wheelchair

For the fall 2017 QDP, teams were challenged to create a mechanism that would allow wheelchair users to play a specific sport. Teams created designs for many different sports, including soccer, golf, ping-pong, and skiing. The winning team engineered a golf club that attaches to wheelchair and allows the user to play mini-golf. Pictured is the team with their final “Swing King” prototype.

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Lower Limb Prosthesis

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For the spring 2018 QDP we presented teams with the following prompt: design an innovative lower limb prosthesis to assist with a specific activity. Students designed and created 3D printed models of their prostheses for activities such as hiking, triathlons, and swimming. The winning team created the following swim fin design.