The Graphene wheelchair “is built using a semi-metal known as graphene, the strongest material known to man. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and 10 times tougher than diamond, but still incredibly flexible and ultra-lightweight. it is made up of a single layer of carbon atoms, tightly bound in a hexagonal lattice.”
industrial designer and project leader for the company, andre fangueiro, worked with formula 1 manufacturers to perfect the driving performance of the superstar.
The wheelchair features an X-shape geometry with road dampening properties that provides an increase in performance and agility by responding rapidly to every movement.
It also features a bespoke backrest with the possibility for a tool less adjustment, and a tailor made seat with an integrated seat cushion to also help optimize propelling performance.
Form design bloom story which features more images of the chair (images courtesy of küschall)
ELYRIA – Küschall, a brand owned by medical equipment manufacturer Invacare, has developed what it says is the ‘world’s first’ wheelchair to be made from graphene.
The company’s Superstar is said to be 30 per cent lighter and 20 per cent stronger than conventional carbon wheelchairs and could be launched to market by 2020.
Graphene pushes wheelchair potential