Lightweight Durable Wheelchair from Engineering Resin
DESCRIPTION (Applicant's Abstract): There is a glaring need for low cost manual wheelchairs that withstands daily use trauma, are light enough to transport and
still remain rolling. This proposal follows a successful Phase I in which the
26 pound merlinchair, a glass filled nylon prototype, passed the double drum
and curb drop ANSI fatigue durability tests. Turbo has assembled a strong team
in plastics, medical devices, wheelchair and computer technology with broad
base knowledge, cross over experience and a solid track record for producing
products. In Phase II we will: design and fabricate preproduction tooling,
develop molding processes, assemble and test preproduction wheelchairs. Diverse
users will ride, and caretakers will push the post Phase I modified prototype
chairs and evaluate them. From user reports SFSU will guide further
refinements. We expect at least two separate chair configurations to result.
Contract molding, in house assembly, testing and more evaluation by the
users/caretakers group will provide data for final design parameter& TWC will
fabricate 200 preproduction chairs for Phase III institutional and user
distribution and for attracting capital necessaiy for producing Merlinchairs.
Users and advocates have begged for chairs with MerlinChairs' attributes. TWC
anticipate that Merlinchair will be widely used and accepted.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
The North American wheelchair market exceeds $650 million in annual sales. Manual chairs account for just under one-half the dollar volume. In phase III TURBO Wheelchair will capture approximately 6-10% ($20-32.5million) of the manual chair market within 5years on the basis of a durable, folding solid seat, affordable engineering resin based product.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Matthew E. Hermes
TURBO WHEELCHAIR COMPANY, INC.
235 TWINSPUR CT ROSWELL, GA 30076
Number of Employees: