How a Mormon Is Using Pioneer Technology to Improve Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness


LDS father Dennis Draleau from Grangeville, Idaho, needed a device that would allow him to haul gear and carry his young children while walking. Frustrated with options such as garden carts and wheelbarrows, Draleau turned to a historical alternative—the pioneer handcart. Since he couldn't find an inexpensive handcart with the features he needed, he decided to create his own modern version of the handcart.

The result is called the "Polymule." Draleau spent over 980 hours using a 3D printer and a year designing and engineering his prototype. The production version will be molded from high-impact thermoplastic and will take less than five minutes to assemble. It can hold over 300 lbs and will not require tools for assembly.

In addition to improving outdoor recreation, Draleau aims to support humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and emergency preparedness with his design. He feels that this product will be useful in transporting food and supplies and in carrying young children, those who have been injured, and the elderly, especially in areas where vehicles cannot travel.

Check out a video demonstrating the Polymule below:

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Lead image courtesy of Dennis Draleau
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