ExMachinae, Switzerland


contribution to the project:

Conceptual design


ExMachinae is a conceptual design for an upper body active exoskeleton with particular focus on protection of the cervical area


Sometimes projects are not meant - in a first stage - to become commercial products. Instead they are used as inspirational concepts to get funding and credibility from investors.


Such was the case for this upper body active exoskeleton. Based on our experience on exoskeletons, the team developed this concept alongside with proof-of-concept prototypes and models

01. Method

unique design highly driven by functionality and ergonomics and DFM using monocoque carbon fibre printing. 


Thanks to todays highly advanced available technologies and manufacturing processes such composite 3d printing, the team dedicated 100% of the energy into creating a product fit for purpose and adapted to the user. Technology and viability would be adjusted and retrofitted depending on the outcome of the investment round. 

Designing without technical constraints allow the team to fully explore the potential of the concepts, making sure the product would fulfil que wishes of the future users. 

02. Process

This project required a human centered design approach to get to an innovative solution.

From the start of the project, the team identified and aligned the impact goals. The final users were at the center of the product, not the industry, requirements of client's capabilities. 

Through interviews, immersion, extreme and mainstreams analysis, different set of solutions were designed and tested in order to evaluate the best option to pursue. 

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03. Results

Pushing the boundaries of the ergonomy of industrial exoskeletons 


The use of composites 3d printing, the team could explore design solutions that would not be otherwise viable. The monocoque skeleton integrates electronics, motors and batteries in a distributed manner to reduce perceived and physical weight. 

Project highlights

conceptual design 

designed for inspiration as well as visual support for investment round 

human centered design 

soft shapes, curved surfaces designed for maximized comfort and adaptability

CGI & illustrations

computer generated visuals to express a vision and inspire investors to get onboard

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