Industrial - Bachelors


The use 3D mapping technologies are commonly used within the occupational therapy industry to make maps and models to track progress and keep measurements. Traditional 3D scanners are bulky, expensive, and impractical to take to and from home visits. FlexiScan is a pocket-sized solution that democratizes 3D scanning. By combining portability, ease of use, and an affordable price point, FlexiScan empowers professionals to create customized assistive technology quickly. Now, personalized adaptations are within reach, transforming lives one scan at a time.


In the course of my research, I conducted two in-depth interviews and administered a comprehensive survey. I had the privilege of engaging with two seasoned Occupational Therapists who boast extensive experience in the field. Their collective expertise spans various facets of occupational therapy, and they have witnessed the integration of cutting-edge technologies into their practice. Notably, both therapists highlighted the remarkable growth in the adoption of 3D mapping technologies within their industry.
Presently, 3D mapping and scanning predominantly occur during in-clinic visits. This practice is influenced by several factors, most notably the cost and size constraints associated with the existing 3D scanners. These devices are prohibitively expensive, bulky, and impractical for use during home visits.

Occupational Therapy - (Hand Therapy)

Common Themes

In my research, I discovered many critical challenges related to assistive technologies:

Affordability: These life-changing devices come with a hefty price tag, often tens of thousands of dollars. Maintenance and repairs add to the financial burden.

Timely Delivery: Patients typically wait four weeks or more to receive their assistive devices. Custom parts, if damaged, can exacerbate this delay.

These insights guided my final design process, emphasizing the need for accessible and efficient solutions.

Project Iteration + Development

Initial Concepts

At the beginning of the design process, several initial concepts were conceived and critiqued. There were many different aspects of each of these concepts that ended up becoming influential to the final design.

Revised Concept

After going back and forth between various different designs this was the final product.

Final Concept


The Flexi-Scan Storyboard

The Impact


These are conceptual ideas of how the flexi-scan interface will work.

Video – The Flexi-scan Experience

Research Report

Joseph Clarke

Joe is a student at QUT currently studying for a Bachelor of Industrial Design. Alongside product design, graphic design is second nature. Computer Aided Design has been a skill that he has focused on with this project and he is passionate about learning more. His passion for design runs much more profound, experimenting with projects that help rekindle sparks of excitement and nostalgia to help create an emotional connection with his audience.