Bulb/Seed Planter

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About this device
Bulb planter blade detail.jpeg
Keywords 3D printing, seed, bulb, planter
Uses agriculture, development
Authors zac dvorak
Status prototype
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Designed in United States
Affiliations MOST
Materials Plastic
Cost USD $ 0.80
SDGs SDG02 Zero hunger
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Instructions data
Manufacturing files https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:577433
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Open source, lightweight, sturdy bulb and seed planter.


Hand Bulb/Seed Planter[edit | edit source]

Project developed by Zodvorak (talk) 7:49, 4 December 2014 (PST)


Abstract[edit | edit source]

The idea of this OSAT is a small, easily producible, hand sized, bulb and seed planter. The current opening fits groupings of seeds or a small bulb, but can easily be sized to fit a larger bulb as well.

The interior of the planter is designed to have a ridged blade edge for ripping and tearing into dirt with a twisting motion. As the designers home is currently covered in permafrost, testing has not yet occurred.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

  1. 3D Printer (Reprap Delta or other stye)
  2. PLA/ABS/or other appropriate filament
  3. Bulb planter G-Code

Here is a link to all source, stl, and gcode files http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:577433

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • Knowledge of running the used style of printer
  • Use of opescad
  • use of cura
  • Basic horticultural knowledge

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

  1. Download the file from the thingiverse page
  2. Load and slice the g-code from the .stl of the part
  3. Print, carefully cut supports for handhold, cut any loose printing
  4. Go plant some seeds!
  • Estimated print time: 2hr 30min (20% infill)

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • Print must be at 20% or above fill to ensure satisfactory strength of the part when tearing into harder soils
  • As the base of the print is smaller than the upper edge of the print, printing the part upside down (slice in cura) could be helpful to ensure the part remains fixed to the print base

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  • Estimated costs

$0.80 in fillament

  • Store equivalent

$4.97 from amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-79836935-Bulb-Transplanter/dp/B000KL1M88/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1417696745&sr=1-1&keywords=hand+bulb+planter

  • Savings

$4.17

83% savings

References[edit | edit source]

  • My experience in the MTU MY4777 Open-source 3d printing class.