Project MARCH is the student team of the Delft University of Technology that is developing an innovative and versatile exoskeleton, which is a motorized robotic armor, that can be used to let people with a spinal cord injury stand up and walk again. At this moment, the biomedical technology regarding exoskeletons is underdeveloped, so that people with paralyzed or malfunctioning legs are bounded to wheelchairs for the rest of their lives. Project MARCH wants a change!
The vision of Project MARCH is to give back full mobility to physically disabled people who have a paralyzed lower body due to illness or an accident causing them to be bounded to a wheelchair for the rest of their lives with all its inconveniences. Simple daily activities such as doing groceries, walking stairs or going to the toilet are often challenging or even impossible for them. By giving back full freedom of movement, the paraplegic experiences not only the practical benefits of autonomy like going wherever he wants to go himself, but he or she will also be able to communicate at eye-level with friends and family again, rather than constantly being "looked down". In addition, the paraplegic's health condition improves significantly by using an exoskeleton. For example, their bones and muscles become stronger, the risk of thrombosis decreases, the bowel function improves, and they experience less pain in their back. The dependency of care providers and insurers decreases. Although the project is currently only focusing on people with a spinal cord injury, our project could be further extended in the future to patients that suffer from MS or ALS, or people who have had a work accident.
Each year Project MARCH competes in the Cybathlon. The Cybathlon is a competition for bionic para-athletes where commercial and academic teams compete with an exoskeleton to complete the six obstacles of the competition as quick as possible. These obstacles are designed as imitations of daily life obstacles for wheelchair users. The Cybathlon is visited by commercial and academic teams, professors, media and other interesting parties. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity for teams and companies to get in contact with other commercial and academic teams, professors and media.
24 April 2019
Students Delft University of Technology present latest exoskeleton: MARCH IV
The students of the Project MARCH team have revealed their newest exoskeleton on the 24th of April. The MARCH IV, their 4th exoskeleton has an extra hip joint and has variable stepwidth. With their innovations they hope to give people with a spinal cord injury a chance to walk again.
29 September 2018
Student-built Delft exoskeleton wins international Cybathlon
The new MARCH III by TU Delft student team Project MARCH has won the Cybathlon Experience in Düsseldorf, the international obstacle race for exoskeletons. Entrants from several countries competed in the test of robotic harnesses for people with paraplegia, ending on 29 September. Together with ‘pilot’ Sjaan Quirijns, who has had paraplegia since 2000, MARCH III achieved the fastest time and the highest number of points. Thanks to improvements to the suit and intensive training of its wearer, the team successfully completed a four-obstacle course in just under 9.5 minutes. Project MARCH gained particular plaudits for the independent functioning of its device.
09 October 2017
Climbing stairs, getting up from a low sofa and walking across an uneven surface, that was not a problem for paraplegic Ruben de Sain during the Cybathlon Experience on October 7, thanks to an exoskeleton, a supportive robotic suit, built by TU Delft students. The competition in Germany for bionic paraplegic athletes saw the students demonstrate the potential of an exoskeleton as an aid in daily life for people with paralysed legs.
07 October 2017
Dwarslaesiepatiënt loopt nu ook trap op met exoskelet van studenten TU Delft
01 September 2017
First steps with new exoskeleton for paraplegics built by TU Delft students
On Thursday 31 August, Project MARCH, a team of students from TU Delft, took the first steps with their new exoskeleton, the MARCH II.
31 August 2017
Revealing of MARCH II
Today has Project MARCH, after a year long of hard work, finally revealed MARCH II and the first steps with it are made. Didn't you attend the revealing? Then you can see it in this compilation video!
04 August 2017
As many already know, Project MARCH will be competing at the end of their year in the Cybathlon with their new exoskeleton. But what is this competition exactly, where will it be held and when is it?