Last month our Technical Department has been very busy with the designing of the exoskeleton. Currently we are in the Low-Level Design Phase where the different projects of the team have to make deliberate choices for the final technical features in the exoskeleton. Prior to this phase, the High Level Concept phase took place. In this phase the team of Project MARCH went into the fuzzy brainstorm. The outcome of this brainstorm are several concepts from which a selection is made. In the current phase, the Low-Level concept phase, these selections of concepts will be further elaborated and selected. To make any further choices, the MARCH II, the second exoskeleton of Project MARCH, will be tested. For example, strain gauges were used for measurements in the last month. By placing the strain gauges on specific places on the exoskeleton, data can be gathered about the forces and deformations in the exoskeleton. We can optimize the design of the MARCH III, our next exoskeleton, with the aid of this data. This is why the MARCH II will contain some extra cables in the future to obtain information for the design process.
Slowly Christmas is coming up on the calendar, which means our concept phase will come to an end. The deadline for the final design of of the technical parts are coming close and production will follow very soon. The Technical Department is racing against the clock to meet the deadlines, which helps to get the design done in time for the next step in our process.