The Billy “Light” Button
Today at the Wheelock Earl Center, I
have designed and created what is called the “Billy ‘Light’ Button”. Most of
you probably don’t realize this but some of the automatic door buttons around
campus are not suited for Service Dogs and Guide Dogs. Some are too narrow,
which makes it hard for the dogs to hit it just right, while others are just
not in the most ideal spot for access at all. To at least fix the buttons that
are too narrow or too high, I have decided to try an inexpensive way to make
the buttons bigger. With the help of #Tinkercad, a 3-D Printer, and some
plastic filament, I might have come up with a solution.
In #Tinkercad, I first designed an 8-inch by 8-inch by 1-inch thick plate with just a paw print.
After taking a day to print in the 3-D printer, I realized that it was going to be too thick and too wide. I also wanted to add a wheelchair symbol in the middle of the paw print so that those with physical impairments would know that they could use it as well. So I went back to #Tinkercad and designed an 8-inch by 5 ½ -inch by ¼ -inch thick plate with a handicap symbol inside the paw print.
that I have finally gotten the button to be the right size, I have decided to
add some contrast to help the dogs see it better.
The following picture shows the button before I added contrast:
After I added the contrast:
Here at the Earl Center, we’re still trying to figure out a way to securely mount these onto the existing automatic buttons. Once we do, we’ll update with a demonstration video. Until next time…
Cayla Lemire, Wheelock ‘17