World’s ‘first 3D-printed walking stick’ makes a stand against stigma

The ENEA walking stick, Shiro Studio

A London based design studio Shiro has partnered with an engineering firm to produce what they claim is the world’s first fully 3D-printed walking stick and hope users will be proud of their mobility aid rather than embarrassed.

The ENEA walking stick was created alongside Arup as part of research which aimed to create a new product which people with mobility difficulties would find functional but also attractive.

Arup engineer Vincenzo Reale and Mhox design teamed together to product the aid, which bases its internal structure on bone tissue. The porous structure ensures the stick is light but also very strong.

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The stick can be hooked to a surface when not in use, thanks to a three-pronged handle and the design to optimised for comfort.

A spokesman from the design studio stated it hopes that the ENEA will be seen as a functional and proud design statement.

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