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Open source, lightweight, sturdy bulb and seed planter.
Hand Bulb/Seed Planter
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
- 3D Printer (Reprap Delta or other stye)
- PLA/ABS/or other appropriate filament
- Bulb planter G-Code
Here is a link to all source, stl, and gcode files http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:577433
Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT
- MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT
- Knowledge of running the used style of printer
- Use of opescad
- use of cura
- Basic horticultural knowledge
Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions
- Download the file from the thingiverse page
- Load and slice the g-code from the .stl of the part
- Print, carefully cut supports for handhold, cut any loose printing
- Go plant some seeds!
- Estimated print time: 2hr 30min (20% infill)
Common Problems and Solutions
- 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
- Estimated costs
$0.80 in fillament
- Store equivalent
- My experience in the MTU MY4777 Open-source 3d printing class.