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Bulb/Seed Planter

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Open source, lightweight, sturdy bulb and seed planter.

MOST Delta filament as guide.JPG This page was part of an MTU course MSE4777 OA and MSE4777 OB/MSE5777/EE4777/EE5777: Open-source 3-D printing

Please leave comments using the discussion tab. The course runs in the Fall semester. It is not open edit.

Hand Bulb/Seed Planter[edit]

Project developed by Zodvorak (talk) 7:49, 4 December 2014 (PST)
This OSAT has been designed but not yet tested - use at own risk.
This OSAT has been prototyped.

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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.

Body detail  
blade detail  

Bill of Materials[edit]

  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

Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT[edit]

Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT[edit]

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

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit]

  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]

  • 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]

  • Estimated costs

$0.80 in fillament

  • Store equivalent

$4.97 from

  • Savings


83% savings


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