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Accessible Shoelaces


Name: Joanne

Event: Ballarat Makeathon

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Joanne is a 47-year-old with a neurological degenerative muscular disease which limits her mobility in her arms and legs. Joanne has trouble using her hands due to her flexed wrists and poor skin quality, making simple tasks incredibly difficult. Joanne would like a device to help her both undo and tie her laces independently, without her carer.


Team Joanne have developed a simple and elegant solution that discreetly integrates into her shoes. The team designed a 3D printed piece of TPU (plastic) that can be stitched into the shoe, holding both sides together with the zipper. The zipper runs along the shoe leaving room for a double knotted bowtie on top as joanne has requested a large oring to the zipper. There is a large oring attached to the zipper to enable joanne to easily pull the zipper open/closed.

Safety Information

All digital product files on this page are provided as conceptual designs and were developed by volunteers through a TOM Melbourne event or program.  The design file is provided in the interest of sharing ideas and promoting collaboration. The design as described in the document(s) has not been tested or assessed for safety. Please do not attempt to use any device built using these instructions without first seeking appropriate professional advice on the safety and suitability of the device for your personal situation. 
TOM: Melbourne are unable to advise on the suitability of any design or device for your personal situation, however if you have general questions relating to the instructions or documentation, please contact us via our  email:

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