Painting EaselyBy Florine, Emily; Haas, Caroline; Johnson, Cole; Thorson, Sara; Rice, David A.; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 210-211
Publication Date: 2010
Description of a motorized easel designed to aid a painter with limited mobility to reach all areas of a large canvas. The easel was constructed by students at Tulane University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering for a client with a disability resulting in brittle bones and small stature who paints while lying down. The design consists of a motorized base on which is mounted a vertical frame containing the canvas mount and three motors that move the canvas horizontally and vertically. The motors are reversible to allow motion in the positive and negative directions along each axis. The canvas mount also allows the tilting of the canvas. The motors are activated by remote control. Six buttons control the motors, which are run from one rechargeable 12 volt DC battery. The motors cause motion via pulley and cable constructs. The canvas slides along rails that attach to the wooden frame to guide the movement. The vertical frame collapses on top of the base and rolls on two rear wheels mounted to the base for portability.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter12,%20Tulane%20University.pdf