This helped Aeropick to appreciate the
limitations of the initial approach. The model actually
broke quite quickly, at the weak point identified by the
Our consultants suggested a completely different layout,
which had a number of advantages. The moments would be
balanced and the system would be powered by rams, running
from the vehicle’s existing hydraulic system.
Light folded parts could be used, with significant cost
savings, especially for a prototype. Low-cost bearings were
employed, using laser cut mounting plates. The wheelbase
mechanisms were also designed for quick assembly and easy
maintenance with agricultural tools.
Our consultants went on to design the vehicle’s chassis,
picking up the ideal mounting points for the wheel mechanisms.
Folded steel was used again, to minimise the cost.