Costume Mounting System
- developed by Klay Jones
The key issue with the mounting system was chair variability and complex relational measurement. I think the solution is to mount based on the constant parameters, which are passenger derived (footrest, arm rest, head rest and push handles if applicable).
- Build with the red connection points in mind. Frame can be bent, altered, lengthened, or extended to meet design requirements.
- Does not depend or interact with suspension, wheels, wiring in the base, or plastic fender housings.
- Clearly labeled Erector set design so a family could fully disassemble to fit in compact storage.
- Mounting connections are easier for an assistant/parent to reach (as opposed to bolting through the base)
- The frame is inherently the most compact dimensions possible which is a key area all teams could improve upon (fitting through doors)
- Off the shelf aluminum square stock avoids weight issues while keeping cost relatively low.
- No welding required (off the shelf bracing/brackets at connection points)
- We can wrap the aluminum for soft touch points (no sharp edges) and use double sided Velcro strap at each attachment point (no damage, fast on/off, no tools)
- Personally, if the shell of my costume can't be supported by this setup, I would focus on lighter materials rather than more hardcore mounting.