Sewing machines for inclusive production

Adaptation of industrial sewing machines for the inclusion of people with disabilities

Moving3Dmachine is an adaptation for industrial sewing machines designed for users with physical disabilities.
The traditional use of pedals is replaced by levers activated by the arm, allowing people with reduced mobility to be employed in a sector such as fashion, which employs one in six people worldwide.

A system that is easy to attach, removable, and does not need to leave an adapted machine all the time.

Our goal is to offer more job opportunities and higher education for people with physical diversity. Promoting their autonomy and contributing directly to society.

#MovingStick

#Moving3Dmachine

A project to offer new jobs to people with physical disabilities.

The Project

We designed an adaptation for industrial sewing machines, aimed at people with motor limitations in their legs. The traditional use of pedals is replaced by forearm-activated levers, allowing the motor to be activated without using the feet.

One of the greatest advantages is its easy assembly, a simple system for fitting to existing machines without the need for alterations or additional costs, or leaving a machine adapted all the time.

MovingStick is made with 3D printing, an increasingly widespread technology that allows products to be manufactured locally in different qualities and at different prices.

The open design of MovingStick allows it to be downloaded free of charge and printed on any 3D printer, adding to the collaborative economy, we create products that are free to download, open, accessible and affordable.

Impact

Benefits

People with functional diversity:

Learning opportunity not existing so far.

Employment as a professional garment maker.

Entrepreneurial, self-employed (arrangements, design crafts, etc).

Fixing your own clothes.

Learning centres:

Increase the number of students and services.

Growth in their social commitment.

Promote inclusive design among new generations.

It contributes to break stereotypes towards disability.

Industry

Comply with the legislation.

Improve and increase CSR.

Get efficient and very loyal employees.

Foundations and Social Entities:

Support in training grants.

Increase the area of work with a new opportunity for work and training.

Support in labour insertion.

City councils and local governments:

Offers training scholarships.

Reduce the unemployment rate of people with diversity.

It reduces the costs in pensions of the community.

The fashion industry employs 1 in 6 people worldwide.

An excellent sector to create employment.

Accessible training centres

SPAIN

POLAND

Barcelona 

Escola de la Dona- DIBA

Fundació Ared Subsidised courses

Madrid

Di+Moda

Are you a training centre and do you want to become an accessible centre? Write to us and we will help you.

The MovingStick Adaptation

Available materials

Dental Model Resin:

It is a high performance material specialised for the dental field. Among its health advantages, it is antiallergenic and can be sterilised. It has a smooth and matt surface finish, making it more pleasant to touch. It is more durable and resistant than PLA. The resin can be cleaned with soap and water or sterilised.

PLA, Polylactic Acid or Polylactide:

It is the most widely used material in 3D printing. A biodegradable plastic of natural origin (corn, potato or sugar cane). The filament manufactured with PLA is of the highest quality, without the incorporation of recycled or recovered material. Totally stabilized. It does not produce warping. It is recyclable, suitable for biocomposting and food contact.

How did we do it?

The 3D design has been based on an adaptation made by Carlos Espinosa, inventor and user of the system. He has 20 years of experience working as a manufacturer in wheelchairs. Together with Nestor Aparicio and his team at Tangencial, we have designed, developed and printed the pieces. Movingmood is in charge of the strategy, implementation methodology, coordination and scalability.

This project has been made possible thanks to the support of the Social Challenges Innovation Platform which is financed by the European Union under the Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under Grant agreement number 734906.