Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Prototyping Waterproof Panic Buttons

Panic buttons are not a new concept in Nursing Homes and Aged Care facilities; however, those that are permanent fixtures in Aged Care Facilities are generally only splashproof, not waterproof.

A builder working on a new Nursing Homes and Aged Care Facility contacted RapidPro after he was unable to find a waterproof panic button suitable for installation inside a shower cubicle.

The result is a mountable panic button surround that easily converts a pendant or watch style panic button into permanent wall mounted device, eliminating the need to wear a portable device whilst showering.
"The freedom to shower without the panic button pendant or watch would be liberating," said one regular wearer. "I'd like one fitted in my shower!"

FDM was selected as the most suitable rapid prototyping process for the project, with the surround built from ABS using RedEye Australasia's Build Centre.

"The new surface finish we can achieve with the new RedEye finishing technology is as good as any injection moulding," says Simon Bartlett of RapidPro. "Only now parts do not have to mimic the properties of ABS, because you can actually build in ABS and still have a smooth surface finish."

For more details contact RapidPro on 1300 559 454.