Scaffolding, the temporary structure used by construction crews during the process of building or repairing a structure, is a necessary part of modern engineering. However, traditional scaffolding is heavy and time-intensive to set up. We believe that inflatable scaffolding is a real possibility in the near future, and that it can be cheaper, quicker, and safer than the current industry standard.
Solutions will be awarded points for each of the following criteria that are addressed.
Must fit through a 2’ x 3’ opening
Working platform height of 15 feet
Construction should be modularized in order to create different/custom shapes.
A deflated module should be able to be connected to the existing inflatable scaffold and become inflated
An inflated module should be able to be removed from the assembly without impacting the rest of the scaffold
Must be able to support a working load of 1000 lbs.
Can be assembled, inflated, deflated, and disassembled and moved to each work location by 2 people.
Can have sharp/heavy construction tools and materials dropped on it without puncture
In the event of a rupture, the scaffolds ability to safely hold the load shall not be compromised.
A rupture in one module should not cause deflation in the other modules
Working Platform should be open, with nothing obstructing moving around the surface
Submit the following:
A narrative describing your idea and how it solves the problem.
Design drawings, sketches, 3D models, etc., to illustrate the design and how it works. (Optional, but strongly recommended)
This challenge has received 50 submissions
Top 10% share $1,000
Next 15% share $400
Next 25% share $200
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