Freedom Powerchairs has installed a new 3D printer and IT equipment to boost the work it does providing mobility equipment.
The West Sussex charity won a National Lottery Community Fund grant to increase capacity at its workshop in Worthing, where it custom builds tailored solutions, such as special upholstery to meet specific needs.
The 3D printer will allow the company to make small parts like handgrips and buffers, according to chairman Martin Osment.
Osment told the Worthing Herald: “This adds to our engineering capability, whereby we either make or have made almost any part no longer available.
He added: “We can now offer excellent training to volunteers with computer, electrical or mechanical interests, including manufacturers’ courses, and welcome new members to join our friendly team.
“Our role is primarily to provide mobility support for the most disadvantaged members of the community, those who cannot get needed solutions from mobility shops, or who cannot fund their solutions.”
The charity was formed in 2012 by Osment. Freedom Powerchairs operates from a workshop where it creates specialist mobility aids as well as offering maintenance, repairs and servicing on scooters, powerchairs and wheelchairs.