3D printed 'Age Suit' lets young people feel what it's like to be old

3ders.org | 1/11/2018 | Staff
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Get Models Now, a modern design studio based in Poznan, Poland, has designed a 3D printed “Age Suit” that lets wearers experience what it feels like to be elderly. The suit, made from PLA and other materials, restricts movement to replicate the feeling of age.

Walking, bending over, crouching down, sitting on a chair, getting up, climbing the stairs, reaching objects from the shelf: these are all simple tasks that most of us would do without a second thought. But for the elderly, many of these tasks can become an ordeal. Their bodies are not as strong or limber as ours, and we too often forget this fact when going about our own lives.

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So what if their was a way to make us feel just like old people do? To temporarily make walking, bending over, crouching down, and all those other tasks as strenuous and challenging as they can be to persons aged 65 years or older. Would it change the way architects design buildings, or the way designers create furniture, in order to benefit those who may struggle most with their creations?

Get Models Now, a modern design studio based in Poznan, Poland, wanted to find out the answer to those questions, and enlisted the help of the University of Nature in Poznań and the Baltic Senior Association to carry out its goal: creating the world’s first fully 3D printed “Age Suit” that would make young people feel old, a tool designed to provoke true empathy with the senior members of society in order to make life better for everyone.

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The Age Suit, made using a combination of 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies, uses specially crafted elements that block certain movements, add weight around the tendons and ligaments, and make the wearer feel heavy so that performing certain daily activities suddenly...
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