A properly designed patient chair is a primary need of dentist but while conducting dental camps the transportation of the chair becomes problematic. A post graduate student of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) has come up with a solution for this chair portability problem. Arun Shah, who is in his last year of Masters in Design in Industrial Design programme offered by the IITB, has designed a Portable Patient Chair for dental camps to meet dentist’s needs.
Dental camps are medical camps organised by dentists for diagnosis and treatment in rural as well as urban areas. This newly designed chair will be a useful accessory for a dental camp. The chair has been accurately designed with minute details which keep the patient’s and dentists’ needs in mind. The chair is light in weight and it occupies less space when folded. The chair supports sitting dentistry. The dentist will be able to sit and work comfortably about the chair and it could be easily transported in the dental vans itself.
Arun is passionate about designing consumer friendly products. After doing B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering he turned towards products. Arun said, “A lot has been talked about Make in India but merely making in India will not serve the purpose if we have to import designs. So along with make in India our focus should be design India.”
“Previously I had worked on 2 designs related to the dental field. After visiting dental camps I noticed these problems faced by dentists. Sometimes they had use normal plastic chair to check patients. The current patient chairs which dentists use now, are very heavy and impossible to transport. Also, most of them are imported from US or China. I wanted to provide lighter and a swadeshi alternative to them,” said Arun Shah.