I received the following comment on my post Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick from Aaron who is looking for help fabricating a mouthstick solution.
The aim of Lifekludger is to try and bring together people who make things (Makers) with people who need things (Livers).
I post it here in hope someone might be able to assist him.
I am a quadriplegic, and I had a very customizable mouth stick made for myself almost twenty years ago. The mouth stick has many easy exchangeable different types of attachments that are available to use. The attachment’s range from different paint brush tips, different angled and straight telescoping extensions, a ballpoint pen attachment, and many more.
The feature, and design that I especially want/need made the most is a tip attachment like the other tip attachment’s I have, but with a bigger hole that would allow a couple different Wacom Stylus’s to easily slide into the aluminum tip of the mouth stick that the paintbrush, ballpoint pen, and other accessory tips easily slide into! I have currently fashioned a really basic way for a couple of the Wacom stylus’s to be attached to the end of the mouth stick. That way I have been able to use touchscreen device’s like iPhone’s, iPad’s, touchpad’s on laptops, and other brand’s touchscreen phone’s and tablet’[s I have owned!
The mouth stick body is made from light weight aircraft aluminum. Unfortunately the custom sized mouthpiece was made from stainless steel which unfortunately ended up weighing more than the entire body, and attachments combined!
Due to the weight of the mouth stick my neck, and jaw start feeling fatigued, and painful after just an hour, or two of use! That is why I am looking for a carbon fiber fabricator, and have a friend who is a dentist who has helped me design a very comfortable Silicone mouthpiece that slips over the current mouth piece.
I would like to see if you could help me build a new all carbon fiber mouth stick based off the design of my current mouth stick? The new mouthpiece that my Dentist friend designed will not only provide incredible comfort, but will provide 100% protection from the carbon fiber I want the new mouth stick made from so it will be much lighter than my current mouth stick!
I can send picture’s to help you decide if you can help me with the carbon fiber mouth stick I need fabricated. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I live in San Luis Obispo, CA.
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