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3D Wheelchair Models

3D Wheelchair Models Ioke & Michael

More 3D wheelchair modeling creations. This female wheelchair model is Aiko from Daz 3D. I call her Ioke after the lovely Thai Airways flight attendant who assisted me on a recent trip to Thailand. I have been designing several working 3D wheelchair models to use on our website. And ladies, you’ll be happy to know I’ve included Michael, a handsome 3D male model.

Many good looking men and women with spinal cord injury in wheelchairs and several devotees are willing to model for me. Problem is they suddenly become shy when I talk of publishing their images on the internet. By using cyber 3D wheelchair models nobody’s feelings get bent. If you want to become a real-life model for us please use the “Quick Contact” form below.

3D Wheelchair Model Ioke

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(1) Our 3D wheelchair model Ioke sitting in a powerchair. (2) We zoom in to give her some personality. (3) Open her body suit collar for a little sex appeal. There are many parameters we can adjust; breast and nipple size, tummy, glutes, hips, wrist. Overal figure; voluptuous, muscular etc. Her face; Eyebrow frown, raise, wink, yell, purse lips, teeth open, tounge out, and eye color are just some options. (4) We give her a smile and (5) close her extraordinarily large eyes a little.

Now let’s disable her! It’s common for wheelchair users with spinal cord injury to have muscle wasting in their legs as they no longer function. It’s called flaccid legs. (6) Our selected leg components are given a small box with red blue and green arrows. These indicate the 3D models X Y and Z axis. (7) To make the leg muscels appear thinner and slightly narrower we reduce the X and Z scale axis. Wheelchair users will also be familiar with turned feet. (8) I turned the right foot in a little when adjusting hip and knee bed angles to sit Ioke in the wheelchair. (9) One hand on the wheelchair control joystick and (10) the other bracing our 3D model Ioke in her power wheelchair.

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How are we looking? I know it’s not perfect. I want to put yellow coil springs under the wheelchair seat, retractable arm rests, seatbelts and calf straps, but as a prototype it’s getting there.

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A chasm scene with lights positioned for anime effect. Once I optimise the 3D wheelchair model and import it as seperate parts I’ll be able to animate and render a movie. For now I better put up a preview of our male 3D model Michael, so our female members don’t lynch me.

3D Wheelchair Model Michael

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Our 3D wheelchair model Michael is doing a wheelstand in a manual hospital style wheelchair. I edited the wheelchair in Rhino 3D then pulled it into Daz 3D to position Michael in it.

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Victoria screams with fright as 3D wheelchair model Michael pops a wheelie in a blue hospital style wheelchair. It’s like Barbie dolls for grown-ups! Read on to see our dasterdly plans for world domination. A no plastic zone. Alloy is the future.

3D Disability Modeling

CGI in movies; Finding Nemo, Avatar, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Movie studios employ dozens of CGI (Computer Generated Image) artists who toil for years just to produce a two hour movie. Most of us take months to learn how to use complex NURBS 3D modeling programs. Webmasters will be familiar with 3D modeling tools. I have experience with Lightwave, Maya, Max, Poser, Rhino, Cybermotion, Blender, Daz 3D and others. I thought you might like to see a few of my 3D disability modeling creations.

This 11 second video clip is so old I forget the name of the program it was made with. I do remember it allowed a photo of someones face to ba applied to the model. This is my friend Kylie. We then select clothes, soundtrack, and coreograph her dance moves. Set a camera angle and render (produce) the scene. Note* the full length video clip is much higher quality.

That was easy and fun, lets’ jump from this simple 3D modeling tool to a full on sophisticated CGI industry heavy weight, Rhinoceros 3D.

A 3D model in Rhino is a series of connected shapes that form a mesh. For example, a triangle is three connected lines making  three points. It’s only a frame until you color it in. Then it takes on the appearence of a flat surface (with three points). By adding more points along any side of the triangle, we can manipulate them to form complex shapes (polygons), which eventually become our 3D model. Here are some screen shots of building a Rhino 3D light bulb mesh.

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Now with a few additions our 3D light bulb can be used in a real world marketing applications like this ‘Self Illumination’ example by Andre Kutscherauer.

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self illumination

Color gloss and transparency bring to life a model in true Disney Pixar movie style. Things have come a long way since the early days of my 3D modeling Kylie. For a long time the complexity of the human face resembled mannequins but not any more. In the current CGI world, mathematical CAD (Computer Aided Design) and RPG (Role Playing Game) designers have blended, producing very realistic life like 3D models. It’s old world meets new school to stunning visual effect.

I have used Rhinocerous 3D for many years. Rhino 3D can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves. Surfaces and solids have no limit on complexity, degree, or size. Rhino supports polygon meshes and point clouds. Rhino also has a very user friendly interface. I find the animation side over complicated however, so generally create .3ds or .obj models in Rhino then import them into another program like Blender or Daz 3D to animate and render. 

The really cool thing with Blender is it’s free. Yes completely free, and just as powerful as the 3D modeling big boys. Blenders downfall is an overly complicated interface. Simply importing a 3D model will have most new users scratching their head. Blender uses python scripting to animate which is great, but again difficult for beginners. If you start with a free .3ds model you’ll be off to a flying start.

Here’s a sneak peak at a wheelchair 3D disability modeling project I’m currently working on. I call her Ioke.

Ioke 3D disability wheelchair model

Ioke 3D Disability Modeling Wheelchairs

Stay tuned for more Ioke… coming soon.


X-men Modified Wheelchair

Professor X Modified X-Men Wheelchair

Professor X never had it this good. In true X-Men style this mutant wheelchair was built by Daniel Valdez for steampunk. It’s modeled on the one used by Professor X (Charles Xavier) of the popular X-Men genre. With more steel than Wolverene the fine attention to detail and intricate brass work not only makes this rocking chair – power wheelchair hybrid visually stunning, it’s fully functional and features its own bar, sound system and even produces special effects.

X-Men Professor X mutant modified power wheelchair Wizard Stick and vodka cranberry tubes

X-Men Professor X mutant modified power wheelchair Wizard Stick and vodka cranberry tubes

Daniel reframed and reupholstered a 1885 Eastlake Victorian platform rocking chair and fitted it onto a heavily modified modern electric Permobil C300 power wheelchair base. The brass side pistons were salvaged from a 1930’s iron works where they once pumped the bellows. A tap beside your knee allows you to dispense drinks from four rear bubble tubes filled with vodka cranberry and lime juice. Can’t have Professor X’s catheter blocking now can we lol. The bubbles keep the tasty beverage mixed before being pumped through an ice chamber to be serve chilled.

Although Daniel does not have a disability requiring the use of a wheelchair he has always been fascinated by motorized wheelchairs.

“I do not NEED the wheelchair for any physical disability this is a costume/prop. I get asked that a lot by many people and I hope that fact doesn’t offend anyone. Whenever I’ve shown this I’ve perked the interest of many people who DO need a wheelchair and I hope it has inspired them to seek out modifications of their own to individualize themselves.” –Daniel Valdez

The controls offer all the functionality of a modern power wheelchair with on/off switch, joystick steering, LED battery level indicator, and speed settings. An Adafruit Waveshield sound system with amp, two car speakers, two tweeters and a 5 inch micro sub woofer built into the frame makes the MP3 player echo louder than a Banshee growling as the controls are used.  The final touch on this mobile enigma is steam that billows from the Wizard Stick torch attached to the backrest.

“My back is shattered, a parting gift from the Shadow King… it appears if I am ever to achieve my dream… I will need all of you… to walk me there.”  –Professor X (Earth-616).

X-Men Professor X modified mutant power wheelchair

X-Men Professor X modified mutant power wheelchair

X-Men Professor X modified mutant power wheelchair ice chill tank

X-Men Professor X modified mutant power wheelchair ice chill tank


Daniels wheelchair photos on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smeeon
YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRt8YRUYahE
SteamPunk Professor X: http://steampunk.ning.com/profile/DanielValdez
Arduino Waveshield: http://www.ladyada.net/make/waveshield
Wizard Stick: http://www.zerotoys.com