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First ever Exo Games held at Preston’s university

Posted on - 31st August, 2023 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Education, Preston News, UCLan
Mackenzie Lafferty lifting a pallet Pic: UCLan

An international engineering competition has taken place at Preston’s university for the first time.

Engineers competed in the Exo Games which teams had to design an exoskeleton and test it across a range of tasks.

Hosted at the University of Central Lancashire’s engineering centre on the Preston campus six teams from the UK, USA, Belgium and Brazil competed.

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William Billotte, Director of Global Exo Technology Programs at ASTM International, was one of the judges at the event.

He said: “An exoskeleton is a mechanical device that helps you to be better at what you need to do. Maybe help you be faster, more agile or even stronger.

“We’re very passionate about STEM and through this event we’re connecting innovation and research with standards to help the students understand how they all work together. The Exo Games is a way to bring together the passion, the ideas and inspire people to do better.”

Watch clips below of the first ever Exo Games or see on YouTube

Senior lecturer in mechatronics at UCLan, Dr Matthew Dickinson, was one of those involved in organising the competition.

He said: “Working with ASTM, we were keen to launch a project that is led by students who can work together to not only build exoskeletons, but build them to a good and safe industry standard.”

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The bomb squad walk was another task Pic: UCLan

UCLan’s team were the winners of the first ever Exo Games with Aiden Waite, who recently graduated with a masters degree in mechanical engineering leading the UCLan team.

He said: We had a short deadline and worked hard to deliver an exoskeleton that we hope industries around the world would be proud of. I’m so pleased with how the event turned out, especially seeing it attract entries from around the world.”

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