landautomata

Day 1

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The first idea I had for this project is to make an wind / solar powered machine that with time would be able to modify the landscape without human interaction. It could also be used as a tool for land art projects, to plant, plow the land or even decontaminate land of nuclear waste.

Since this is a first approach and I am not very skilled in the physical world at this point in this stage this project will be powered by a windscreen wiper motor instead of a renewable technology engine as planned initially.

Out first goal is to make a device that digs holes, a basic excavator and if I have enough time I would add wheel so it can also move.

On the first day I learned how to weld, grind and drill steel. I start working on a simple structure that will do the movements to dig.

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For day  2 I plan to add a shovel so it can (theoretically) start digging .

Day 2

Today I have been wielding the shovel. It was my first wielding experience, at the beginning I was kind of nervous, all those volts … but after a few tests I got pretty confident to start my task

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pieces before the welding

basically this was my job of the day, weld everything together and fix it to the board. It sounds easy but was challenging. I had to weld again because the first welding was not well done and it broke in the testing.

 

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Day 3

By day I had the shovel, the engine and mechanism that supposedly should dig when working together. In the morning I was able to put all together but on day 3 but the automata was not able to dig. after a few seconds things got tangled. It took some time to screw everything firmly enough.

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The solution was to use a motor controller so I could control the rpm of the system.

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At the end I managed to build something capable of digging.

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