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    IDW # 261: Treeplanter

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    Treeplanter
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    Treeplanting in the backwoods is a backbreaking job. As the declining state of forests around the world become an increasing concern, a treeplanting mech has been created to help. It works alongside those workers willing to work long, long hours in the middle of nowhere surrounded by bugs. It is designed to do minimal damage to the existing forest floor and to maneuver in the small spaces between trees while planting the saplings it carries.

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    I’d just like to say thank you to Pixie Trick for giving Arttorney and me the opportunity to look after this place, and for doing such an exceptional job over the past four years. Pixie has managed to keep this place ticking over nicely, generated some fantastic topics and let people express themselves, producing great industrial design artworks. Personally I would like to thank her for all the great critics and feedback, it’s undoubtedly helped me to improve my work.

    Please keep an eye on us as we start to take the reins and if there is anything you feel we are doing wrong, or can improve on, feel free to PM me.

    New topic, Tree planting mech sounds challenging, I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

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    Here are some thumbs from me. My first round and i don't follow the brief properly! 'Designed to operate in small spaces between trees', Does that mean I can't have an enormous mech that towers above the canopy?.... "no Dayle" Oops...Ok, my second thought then is somewhere between eve from Wall-e and the power loader from Aliens. If I can convince myself that a giant mech can work in these conditions and follow the brief then I might not give up on that idea.

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    I'm not sure about the "...small spaces between trees while planting..." thing either. I mean, why plant trees in a forest? If it's so dense that the robot has to be small, no sapling would be necessary, nor would it be able to grow because of the other trees.

    On another note, I found this tree planting robot design by swedish industrial designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist. It was part of her master-thesis project. It definitely looks cool, I'm not sure how efficient quadrupedal locomotion is, but it's a cool design. Sketches and description of the machine can be found in her portfolio at: http://www.overkillinterstellar.com/
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    I kinda like the contrast. My first instinct was definitely to make a massive mega-machine, so the litheness requirement makes it an interesting challenge. I'll go ahead and jump in on this one. It'll be my first IDW for some much needed practice in drawing mechanical stuff.

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    Well congrats to Dayle and arttorney then, I'm sure IDW is in good hands now, and thanks to Pixie Trick for keeping this place going as long as it has...
    I still have yet to submit anything to IDW, mainly because hard surface painting frighten me... but I do sketches when I can for pretty much all of the activities so looking forward to seeing what you guys bring to the table!

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    Well, as somebody who has two biology degrees, I can say that young trees often need more shade than older trees, depending on the species.

    That doesn't take away from the fact that a 200 to 300 foot strider machine with a seedling inserter wouldn't get the job done, even among adult trees. How does it avoid stepping on the human planters?

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    I will focus on the process of transplanting a tree, rather than from a seed. I will concider the process as follows:
    1. Dig
    2. Place root ball in hole.
    3. Fill the hole with some of the existing dirt.
    4. Fill the rest, about 1/4 with compost.
    5. Water
    6. Mulch

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    Thanks Rob, I appreciate the message and we will try to treat this place with the respect and attention it deserves.

    This mech is a small machine designed to work with the environment, around people and trees. So no forest squashing juggernauts please!


    Zelda_geek - that sketch would make a great gif / animation. I can just see it as a steam powered old fashioned mickey mouse style cartoon. Cool reference, I want to really explore the existing industry and machines available to help inform what I do before I go any further.

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    Really like the idea, I'm new to this section and would definitely like to get involve in some these challenges. I've made a few thumbnails to start exploring some ideas. My idea is also a mech that plants young trees, roughly about the size of a large tractor or construction vehicle.

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    Hi Tosmo! Nice start. I like the second and forth ones best. Not sure if they have a driver / pilot? The function and scale work well and you are on the right track. Look forward to seeing where you take them.

    I think I decided on the middle one straight away but just messed around with some alternatives. I have an idea now for an asymmetrical multifunctional mech with chainsaw, core drill, carrying cage, robot arm and elevated perspex cockpit for maximum visibility when negotiating the trees and co-workers.

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    This what I've got so far, some unfinished squiggly lines
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    Some thumbs. Exploring various ideas.
    Just to clarify, since it's a mech does it have to have someone piloting it? Or can it be autonomous?

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