April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021
April 17, 2021
Workshops and Posters
Students at the R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy), collaborated with therapists at NeuroHope to design and create a multi-terrain therapy treadmill. Team members with the help of NeuroHope identified requirements and constraints using Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) protocols under a four-stage design framework called the DesignSpine in order to create a novel design for a multi-terrain therapy treadmill. The treadmill will be used in order to help recovering patients practice walking on different terrains while being supported. The different terrains will aid in the recovery process of a patient by stimulating many different muscles needed to walk properly. Utilizing Voice of the Customer (VoC) tools along with methodologies from IDEO and the Stanford d.School such as translation worksheets and empathetic interviews, the team identified and honed in on a set of critical requirements needed for the treadmill’s redesign. Next, the team moved on to an ideation and conceptual design phase to develop either a design focused around retrofitting an existing product, or a more robust redesign for the therapy treadmill. This process, after receiving feedback at the end of a planned stage gate review, ultimately produced a novel custom treadmill design that reduces the overall time needed to simulate different terrains during a patient's therapy session. With help from expert designers the team developed a custom design that allows the therapists to easily and safely remove slats and replace them in a timely manner. The treadmill is also compatible with a LiteGait, a support device widely in use in body weight assisted therapy. As an advantage over retrofitting an existing treadmill, the custom treadmill allows for the incorporation of all NeuroHope’s requirements. Ongoing efforts include prototyping, testing, and iterating different treadmill base designs that will allow for trainers to swap out multiple different types of tread, including a turf tread as well as a foam tread to mimic a variety of walking surfaces one might encounter on their day-to-day activities.
Ricco, G. D., & Saqib, N., & Olawale, D., & Nolan, T. J., & Rayner, T., & Burton, T., & Rohrig, J. M. (2021, April), The Design of a Multi-Terrain Therapy Treadmill Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38279
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