LifeTrac 6, Low-Cost, Multipurpose Open Source Tractor
LifeTrac is a low-cost, multipurpose open source tractor. It serves as a workhorse backbone for many of GVCS technologies. We are currently on the 7th prototype – see LifeTrac Genealogy. The highlight of our design is that it is a modular design that allows for a high degree of modification and flexibility – such as scalable frames, interchangeable power units, quick connect wheel drive, and plug-and-play hydraulic power that allows for a driver and remote.
The flexible nature of LifeTrac revolves around the Lifesize Lego Set nature of the LifeTrac platform. This is consistent with the rest of the GVCS – which is designed not as individual machines but as construction sets of machines. In the LifeTrac case, modular beams – of 4?x4? rectangular tubing – serve as the backbone of the construction set. XYZ space frame, bolt-together construction is used. Stock bonding plates and pivot plates allow for scalable joints and pivoting joints.
Because if the flexible, scalable nature of the LifeTrac Construction Set, the basic design may be modified readily to build machines of different scales – from a Microtractor that may weigh a few hundred pounds to a Bulldozer that may weigh one or two orders of magnitude more.
Flexible design also allows for interchange of loader arms, such that a tractor bucket may be replaced by a bulldozer blade, or a heavy loader-mounted implement such as a tub grinder, baler, or sawmill. https://adalidda.net/posts/pj6jGGizGrHBnoCF2/lifetrac-6-low-cost-multipurpose-open-source-tractor