Not a Tractor – A Way of Thinking

You do not have to be a farmer’s daughter to understand the significance of a tractor on a small farm.  I learned this lesson when I was a little girl with my parents and grandparents, along with the importance of supporting the small farmer resonates with me today.

I am fortunate to introduce you to Horace Clemmons, a man with a vision for all farmers to afford a tractor.  The tractor, designed in SOLIDWORKS, uses locally produced components – no matter where you are in the world and an open source model. For Horace, it is not a tractor, but a new way of thinking.

And where is Horace making a difference?  Look at Zimbabwe, Uganda and Cuba to start. Working with the local engineering universities – “Made in Africa” has a new definition.

Horace uses locally sourced common components, recycled components, and assembled components close to home at a fair, affordable price for the small farmer.

Thank you Edward Randolph for sharing your beautiful SOLIDWORKS models and drawings with the open source tractor community.

For more information on this program, please visit Ronnie Tractors.

Design well.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard