FORTIS ZERO-G ARM
FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN – DESIGNED BY ROBRADY DESIGN
Lockheed Martin’s Fortis exoskeleton uses what is called a zero-gravity arm to hold the weight of a tool, allowing construction workers to work for much longer without suffering fatigue. A system of internal springs and dials counteracts the weight of the tool, while specifically placed pivots allow for a full range of motion. As amazing as this is, their existing zero-G arm was prohibitively expensive. So they approached Robrady to redesign their arm, tasking us to make it cheaper and inject the Fortis visual brand DNA. While a tubular design was initially considered, ultimately we determined that using interlocking bent u-shaped channels would allow us to eliminate pinch points and keep the costs low. This clever design has won a GOLD SPARK AWARD and has since been featured on the National Geographic Channel.
GOLD SPARK AWARD WINNER