The idea behind the Archimedes Drive had been evolving in Jack’s mind for years, during which he did research in the fields of prosthetics and exoskeleton design. In his work, he often faced the challenge of making those wearables small, lightweight and easy to use. The Archimedes drive is a compact gearbox that uses traction instead of gear teeth, allowing it to make electrical engines – and the machines they power – lighter, more precise, stronger and faster than ever before.
“We took part in the course called ‘turning technology into a business,” Matthew recalls, where they were given a patented technology by a TU Delft researcher, without knowing its application. “We had to creatively find a market application ourselves, because inventions can often be used for much more than just their original application.” A few brief months later, Jack’s team had discovered and proved a market fit for the Archimedes drive, and the team set out to launch IMSystems.