Grady Houger wrote:Interesting robo forestry ideas Gordon. A chisel clamp does seem simpler, would probably make more cuts than a saw could before getting dull.
I've been expecting there would be all kinds of agronomic robots by now, but nothing much yet. Seems like promising products get hung up on: grant or venture capital money ran out, inventor had to get a job, garage project was difficult, life got in the way, or corporate project gets bogged down by institutional equivocation. (Like the robot not yet being able to out-compete standard equipment.)
I figure a successful project needs to get rushed into the field stage, and the builder needs to be willing to change everything 5 or 6 times to meet the actual requirements they find. None of this "oh, it worked on flat ground" or "I don't want to run it in this rainstorm" or "this arm design only works with five motors that cost $8000 each".
If I ever get a robot project going, I'd skip the computer brain - GPS - sensor integration that bogs down all the hobby projects; someone better qualified can do that part later. I'd focus on the getting the frame and kinematics perfected for the task itself.