SDF’s collection of technical drawings is an exemplary case of reclaiming and preserving a particular kind of document at a national level: mechanical drawings, essential for studying the development of constructive solutions designed for agriculture.

With an awareness for the comprehensive and valuable nature of this heritage, which covers an extensive period (from 1927 to the 1980s) the SDF Historical Archives determined that it should highlight its importance within universities especially, as a complement to courses and for writing degree thesis.

Studying the adoption of various constructive solutions is of particular interest to students, as a source for reflection on aspects of technology, function and the materials used over the various decades.

Virtual Tractor project

University of Pavia – Department of Industrial, Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Virtual Tractor project aims to reproduce some of the most significant machines produced in the history of SAME in a 3D virtual environment, starting from the original construction drawings held by the Historical Archives.

The 3D machines produced constitute an authentic bridge between the past, with its hand-drawn technical drawings, and the present, which is characterised by continual technological progress.

The idea comes from the Historical Archives with collaboration from the teaching staff at the University of Pavia (Carlo Rottenbacher and Giovanni Mimmi) and Politecnico University of Milan (Edoardo Rovida).

Seven degree thesis were produced between 2015 and 2018.

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Autofalciatrice 851, 1946

The first machine to be reconstructed in 3D using Autodesk Inventor was the Autofalciatrice 851 of 1946, which represents the debut of the SAME brand.

The work was carried out in separate groups, dealing variously with:

  • engine
  • transmission
  • Reduction-creeper unit
  • chassis and cutter bar

The staff of the Archives assisted students by physically searching for the drawings using the historic registers. It took a number of days’ work to study the documents in the Archives, following which about 400 drawings were selected as suitable for contributing to the creation of the 3D model.