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Wheelchair Athlete's Invents Custom Gloves for Wheelchair Racers
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Wheelchair Athlete's Invents Custom Gloves for Wheelchair Racers

At the age of 10, Arielle Rausin had met a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down, she was born and brought up in CHICAGO.

As a kid, she was a little interested in sports and when she was in her Florida middle school she was forced to join gym class until she met a teacher who invented ways for her to play alongside her classmates.

26-years-old, Rausin said, it was the first time when she came to know that even if she is a wheelchair user she can have fun with the help of sports.

Rausin started likely racing and after she joined the cross-country team. She got her first big break in her high school as she took part in her first racing wheelchair.

By the time she was doing her graduation, she got selected in the University of Illinois’ wheelchair track team.

Rausin who is a member of the university’s wheelchair team, got the idea of her racing gloves by her track coach, With the help of her two classmates she made the world's first 3-D printed wheelchair racing gloves.

The original handmade version is very heavy compared to these 3-D gloves which are lighter and prevents tendonitis in the wrist area and many more wheelchair racing-related injuries.

Rausin said, currently she making more and more gloves as she wants to make it accessible for all 30 members of her varsity racing team and also wants to spread the gloves all over the world so that children and beginners could use.

Rausin aims to sell a pair of gloves at a cheaper price so that more and more people with disabilities can join the sport, She added.

Before this, she had tried for a business course called Making Things. Ms.Rausin first time introduces her gloves at a class trip to the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in Urbana, Illinois, where the students were said to bring any object for a 3-D scan.

In her opinion, The advantages of her 3-D printing gloves are different. The custom-fit gloves are highly price something around US$350, and on the other hand, 3-D printing comes at a cheaper price and give similar results for roughly US$4.

Also, the upcoming versions of the 3-D printing gloves can be used in different climates and temperatures, as well as fit.

Rausin gloves were rewarded for the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services, a post-secondary disability support program, at an age of 22.

Since then, Rausin is keeping manufacturing more and more gloves so that she can accomplish her goals. Her main focus is to start her business someday.

Image credit: BeckmanInstitute/ YouTube Screencap

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  1. Arnie Slater
    Arnie Slater
    That’s awesome! The gloves are certainly not what I expected to see...I wonder how well the material holds up over time? I also notice that these gloves seem to be purely for the purpose of racing. That’s fine, but why not make a pair that offer finger protection as well?
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  2. RehaDesign
    I found the website, but the gloves didn't cost $4 as mentioned in the article. They cost $150.
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