Monster Jam Wheelchair Build
Authored by Larry Jewett on June 7, 2018
Monster Jam has long been the source of many childhood dreams and aspirations. It becomes even more special when even the smallest part of these dreams can come true.
Through the efforts of Monster Jam and personnel at Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, a solid modeling computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering computer program, one youngster will soon realize a special moment as his wheelchair will be transformed into a replica Monster Jam® truck.
SOLIDWORKS partnered with the non-profit organization Magic Wheelchair, which coordinates the creation of special themed “costumes” for wheelchair-bound children. The organization, which started with one family creating a Halloween costume for their own child, has grown through the assistance of volunteers and supporting organizations. While many elaborate costumes have been built, this latest effort will be the first time a Monster Jam truck has been the goal.
The recipient, 11-year-old Jonah, is a lifelong Monster Jam fan who attends shows with his family and chose Max-D for his wheelchair. The SOLIDWORKS team went to work, taking measurements and creating designs and prototypes. Utilizing their skill set and countless hours of unpaid labor, the team has set a goal of creating the “mini Max-D” to an exacting scale while creating an object light enough for wheelchair mobility.
The deadline for completion is rapidly approaching. Jonah will be heading to the Monster Jam event at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, this weekend and we are all anxious to see what Monster Jam and the SOLIDWORKS team have built. Watch the Monster Jam Facebook page for updates and the planned reveal at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.