Advancements in personal fabrication technologies (e.g. 3D printing) resulted in a rising interest in 'do-it-yourself assistive technology' (DIY AT). Clinical knowledge is considered fundamental for DIY AT design, but research into making DIY AT by clinicians is limited. In this paper, we explore occupational therapists' attitudes towards 3D printing both before and after gaining hands-on experience with 3D modelling software. In addition, as clinicians indicate to prefer collaborations with experienced designers, we organized a codesign study with occupational therapists and professional designers to conceptualize a feasible collaborative DIY-AT design process. The results of our studies show an overall enthusiasm of occupational therapists towards 3D printing, but the perceived impact of 3D printing on their job performance decreased after gaining hands-on experience. Collaborating with designers seems a viable way forward. We propose a model for a collaborative design process, highlighting different phases and the roles that occupational therapists and designers play.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2020|
|Event||CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu, HI, United States|
Duration: 25 Apr 2020 → 30 Apr 2020
|Conference||CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems|
|Period||25/04/20 → 30/04/20|