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SoCalPE   9/30/2011 3:00:08 AM
This is a great project and excellent implementation.  Its nice to see some engineering enthusiasm in young people.  We need the next generation of engineers to be engaged now.  Several times I have volunteered as a Science Fair judging in past years.  American innovation is alive and well in the youth of America and this tree climbing robot is another great example!

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Re: Tree climbing robot.
Taranach   10/23/2011 10:58:35 PM
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I agree with William for the most part. Having been the user and or technician working on the end product, I am often frustrated with the lack of forethought that sometimes goes into the engineering and design of a product.

For example, It was pointed out that the t-pins were an "unnecessary extra" and that the climbing 'points' could be designed right into the legs... this may be fine for initial usage but what happens when the tip gets blunted or dull over time? Or worse yet, somehow bends? Then you have to disassemble and rework an entire leg rather than replacing a single tip.

There have been many times when I have had to rework some aspect of a product that has failed to meet expectations once it hit a real world scenario. On the one hand, it is good business for me in correcting these flaws, however these flaws are still sad to see when things could have been done so much better.

We as designers and engineers need to remember and actively think about the environment our products will be working in and the abuses to which they may be subjected... this greatly improves the perceived value and noted reliability of our products.

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Re: Tree climbing robot.
Stuart21   10/26/2011 9:46:08 PM
Steve - does it got a loud 'Meiow' for when it gets to the top to call the fire brigade?

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