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Powered easel

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This OSAT has been designed but not yet tested - use at own risk.
This OSAT has been modeled.
This OSAT has been prototyped.
This OSAT has been verified by: MTU.

The Powered Easel is designed to be used by individuals who have minimal mobility of their upper extremities.

The drawing surface is moved with the use of a joystick. The joystick controls two small DC motors that in turn drive a set of power screws. Although the design was undertaken specifically for one quadriplegic, complete drawings have been released for interested groups or individuals.

This design produces a cost effective solution to what would otherwise be a completely custom designed and fabricated unit. This alternative is obtainable because it utilizes some flexibility in manufacturing, simple machining, and is made of readily available parts.

This project would be an ideal high school shop project, providing students the opportunity to contribute their talents to the community.[1]

Building the Powered Easel[edit]

Full details, schematics, drawings and bill of materials: File:Easel Report.pdf


  • Dr. John Beard
    • Mechanical Engineering Department, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton, MI 49931 USA
    • (906) 487-3110
    • email: jebeard@mtu.edu


  1. THE POWERED EASEL - RESNA '96 Proceedings.