Drop Bottom Container for Forklift

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As mentioned in the previous post, I’ve been working on building my contribution to the May 2012, NXTLog Competition. I decided to build a ‘Line Following Forklift Truck’ for goods transportation to the factory. Here is the LEGO®  Model of the large open top, pallet type bins used to transport vegetables, such as potatoes, cabbages and pumpkins.


Forklift Drop Bottom Vegetable Bin

The handle assembly is designed so the container can be lifted via a crane without the contents of it falling out. The complicated appearance of the top of the handle is to allow the container to remain centred at all times when being lifted on the crane’s hook.


Changes to the Handle Assembly

The [popup url=”/wp-content/instructions/ForkLift/Container/Container.html” width=”1024″ height=”768″]CAD Drawings[/popup] show 4x Technic Part 87083, (Axle 4 with Stop) in the hook centring arrangement. If they are replaced with Technic Part x202, (Pin Long without Friction Ridges Lengthwise), the result removes all the slop from the mechanism.


Forklift Drop Bottom Vegetable Bin

To release the contents of the container, the bottom hinges downward when the bottom rails of the container are the only parts being supported. At other times the bottom is either self supported, or via the handle arrangement. The black Technic Liftarms on the container’s bottom rails allow the tines of the forklift to centre the container prior to lifting it for transportation.



 

Forklift Truck Container Instructions:

Download Instructions: Forklift Container

 

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