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Dentist's Chair

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  • Dentist's Chair
    User Centered Design of a Dental Work Chair
  • Client: Work RERC at CATEA, Georgia Tech
    Brief: To research on the link between environmental design and high incidences of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) among dental professionals and redesign the dentist's chair using an user centered design process.
    Role: Literature Reviews, Observational Research, Contextual Interviews, Analysis of Research Data, Identifying User-Product Conflicts, Conceptual Design, Focus Groups, CAD Modeling, Full Scale Mock-ups, Final Design Drawings.
    User Research involving Observation Studies, Interviews and Focus Groups revealed the nature of the problem and possible directions for prototyping solutions. This was followed by brainstorming ideas and building mock-ups to test ideas iteratively with users. Refined designs were tested to fine tune the design and file for intellectual property rights.
    Deliverables: User Research Data, CAD Model, Full Scale Prototype, Construction Drawings.
    6 months
  • Project Timeline - Stages of the Design Process
  • Some Snippets from Observational Research of Dental Professionals
  • Sample Standard MSD Questionnaire used in Focus Groups with Dental professionals
  • Literature Review revealing high incidence of Neck, Shoulder and Lower Back pain in Dental Professionals. Our own studies with Dental Professionals in the Atlanta area revealed a similar pattern of musculoskeletal troubles.
  • Sectional view of Dental Workspace reveals the predominant forward leaning posture adopted by Dental Professionals.
  • Initial Conceptual Sketches of the Saddle Seat with Front Rest
  • Scaled Model of Dentist's Chair with mannequin to demonstrate postural benefits of Front Rest
  • Full Scale Mock-ups and Models to refine the size and shape of the front rest
  • SolidWorks Model of Dentist's Chair
  • Full Scale prototype with components fabricated in a CNC router, ready for user testing.
  • User Testing in Progress before a final 'market-ready' prototype is built.