Hands-Free 3D-Printed Shopping Cart Handles to Reduce Coronavirus Spread
As part of our mission to create a better and healthier world, we want to make grocery shopping experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic even safer. Experts believe that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for an extended time, meaning that frequently touched objects, such as shopping cart handles, represent a high risk of contamination.
In addition to our hands-free door opener to prevent people from touching door handles with their bare hands, our Design and Engineering team has developed an armrest that allows shoppers to push and steer the cart with their forearms, removing the need to touch the handle.
Let's work together to stop the spread!
“Our main concern in these times is the safety of customers and the handles of our shopping carts represent a potential risk. Materialise’s proposal came as a blessing. I’m very happy the hands-free shopping cart handles could be implemented so quickly and give our customers a safer shopping experience.”
- Dominique Jans, Shop Owner of Proxy Delhaize
Let’s make hands-free stick around
We also designed printed in-store materials (POSM) to inform the customers about this device. These materials can be placed on the shopping cart holder, inside of the shopping cart facing the customer and on windows of your store. They show a basic illustration of how the device should be used along with the rationale that it is there to prevent people from spreading germs.