Challenge of new Project MARCH team: optimize the MARCH IV exoskeleton
Project MARCH is a student team of the TU Delft which is involved in the development of a user-friendly and versatile exoskeleton, a motorized robotic suit, that can be used to help people with a spinal cord injury to stand up and walk again.
Project MARCH is a non-profit student team consisting of 25 students from various disciplines and studies, including Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Clinical Technology.
Forces measured by strain gages
Zemic Europe supports the project and advises the students in the field of force measurement with strain gages and miniature sensors. During the development of the exoskeleton, the forces on the frame are examined whilst the pilot is wearing the exoskeleton in a sitting position. These forces are measured by strain gages.
Optimize the MARCH IV exoskeleton
Every year a new team of students take on the challenge of improving the current prototype. This year they will continue to work on the MARCH IV, the exoskeleton that was designed last year. This differs from previous years, where a new one was always made.
Recently Zemic Europe visited the new Project MARCH Team and talked about their challenges. This year the project team will attend the Cybathlon 2020 championship in Zürich. This event, can be described best as the Bionic Games for disabled people, whose disability is being counteracted with a technological innovation. Teams from all around the world can compete in six disciplines to try and win their race. The team also describes it as 'the World Championship for exoskeletons' because it is a four-yearly competition.
This year’s challenge is to optimize the existing MARCH IV exoskeleton for the race. The team will investigate which other forces can be measured to further improve the performance of the exoskeleton, for example they want to measure the force placed on the crutches that supports the pilot. The strain gages will also be used to measure the force placed on the exoskeleton whilst the pilot is walking.
It was an inspiring meeting and we are enthusiastic to help in the further development and of course we wish the new team lots of success this year with the development and during the Cybathlon 2020!
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Zemic wishes the new Project MARCH team lots of success this year to further improve the performance of the exoskeleton!