My Next Project

in diy •  2 months ago 

I need to put a canopy on my tractor to keep the sun off while I'm working. However, such things aren't cheap, so I'm going to make my own. Today, I took some measurements of the roll-bar and drew it up in Autodesk Inventor, which I'm going to use to design the canopy frame. I plan on making another video CAD tutorial of this project, as well as documenting the actual fabrication of the frame and (most likely canvas) canopy.

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The entire canopy is going to mounted to the roll-bar. No modifications need to be made to any part of the tractor for this.

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This is about where the top of my head would be, therefore I want to mount the canopy higher than that. Since it's well below the beginning of the bend, I will use the bend itself as my reference location.

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If this picture makes no sense, rotate it 90 degrees clockwise. This is how I measured the angle that the roll-bar tilts back. There are protractors with levels built in, but I don't have one.

Finally, here is the virtual roll-bar. I don't need the whole thing, just enough to make sure my assembly will work:
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Depending on how long my video recording of the design process is, I may upload it separately. I expect it to be about 15 minutes, the same as my shorter CAD tutorials, such as the Blender ship chain or the JN-2 suspension exchange, but the addition of the drafting and bill-of-materials creation may run into a fair bit more time, depending on how complicated this thing ends up being.

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