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 a huge 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.