The making of the Exoatlet exoskeleton design

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Looking at exoskeletons currently available on the market. Analyzing various parts such as joints, looking at solutions used for adjustable elements. Paying special attention to the body attachment points.

The first sketches. The main idea is to make the exoskeleton look like a piece of clothing, something stylish and modern. The cloth cover will hide the moving parts and be sufficiently flexible and universal to be used with adjustable elements.

Studying examples of clothes and fabric texturing. We are especially interesting in ways to “program” folds.

Drawing the entire exoskeleton assembly, trying to combine plastic panels with fabric.

Making sketches.

Drawing different variants of the cloth cover in greater detail, experimenting with cutting and detailing.

Looking for other designs of the cover for moving elements.

Taking a careful look at various seam types, zippers and small accessories.

Thinking over and adding these details.

Searching for fundamentally different designs for the fabric cover. In this version the cover does not cling to the hip but is stretched over the inner frame.

Making the decision to test all ideas for the fabric cover on the previous generation of the exoskeleton named Albert.

Creating final designs for the prototype.

Asking a fashion designer to help.

Working on the prototype.