169: Xavier Dec 2018


Xavier is a little person with stumps for arms. Like many 18 year olds, he has a permit to learn to drive a car. Little people can buy extensions for their pedals. But for Xavier, the steering wheel is the biggest problem. He came to 10BitWorks saying, "I need holes. Nobody makes steering wheel extenders with holes." So I taught him to use the CAD program OnShape and he/we designed the two piece assembly shown. He can use a track pad; he can type; he did the CAD work. A little laser time, a little duct tape, and voila, one proof-of-concept custom steering wheel, with holes.

Smelle does not charge for his services, but afterward he found a very special 5 dollar bill in the 10BW donation box. Look close. It says, "Given to Xavier by the Spurs Coyote."

The car, btw, is mine, a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. It has the same 14" diameter steering wheel as Xavier's mother's car.