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IKEA Furniture’s 3D Printed Add-Ons Foster Accessibility

The Verge reports on 3D printed add-ons IKEA has been creating in order to make its furniture and other products accessible for disabled people.

Prior to this push, IKEA’s wardrobes, for example, were handleless.  Additionally, it can also be very difficult for disabled people “to turn on a lamp with tiny switches.”

In order to combat these accessibility issues, IKEA Israel “teamed up with nonprofits Milbat and Access Israel to develop ThisAbles, a line of 3D printed add-ons for IKEA furniture.”

Currently, ThisAbles consists of 13 distinct designs.  “They slip over IKEA furniture and accessories to turn a small button into a giant one or to lift a couch a couple inches off the ground to help make getting up a little easier…a small tweak can make a huge difference for disabled people.”

“The 3D print (CAD) files are free to download, but customers will need to find a way to print them via their own 3D printers or 3D printing service.  Detailed instructions for assembly are also available on IKEA’s website.”

Additionally, IKEA is also receiving requests and suggestions for further furniture add-ons, “which IKEA Israel says it will use to help carry out and 3D print more ideas.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of IKEA and The Verge

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