Changeable Garden Tool Heads

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Changeable Garden Tool Heads
Description This set reduces the cost of gardening tools not only by using cheap material, but also because it is only necessary to have one handle as the different heads can be interchanged
Keywords 3D printing, gardening, tool heads
Uses agriculture, development, hobbyism
Authors Sierra Lunsford
Status prototype
Made? Yes
Replicated? Was this project made independently by someone other than the authors and without their guidance? No
Countries of design United States
Affiliations Category:MTU
Materials Plastic
Estimated cost USD $ 3.30
Sustainable Development Goals SDG02 Zero hunger
SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities
Documentation data
Language Spanish, English
Manifest data
Language English
Updated 2020-06-04
Author Kathy Nativi
Author affiliation Appropedia
Author email

Garden Tool With Variable Heads[edit | edit source]

Project developed by Sierra Lunsford

Abstract[edit | edit source]

In third world countries it is necessary for people to cultivate their own food. Tools of good quality could be hard to come by, and/or expensive in terms of the developing country's currency to purchase. This set reduces the cost of such tools not only by using cheap material, but also because it is only necessary to have one handle as the different heads can be interchanged. Only a few head designs are posted on this page, but virtually any tool head could be designed to fit this model set.

  1. Picture of completed print using

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]


The STL files and FreeCAD files for the parts can be found here:

Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer

Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT[edit | edit source]

  • Knowledge of how to use FreeCAD and Cura

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]


Head 2.jpg

- To Assemble: -

  1. Download the part files provided above in the bill of materials
  2. Convert stl files to gcode using software like Cura
  3. Print all of the Parts
  4. Start by inserting the part handle_attachment into the slider part
  5. Twist the attachment part so that it can not move up and down into the slider
  6. Next snap these assembled parts into the handle. Note: You must hold the attachment in place in the slider while you snap the parts to fit the knobs in the handle
  7. Last insert the head of your choosing into the slot in the attachment part and secure with nut and bolt

- Time:

  • Total print time estimate: 3.5 hours
  • Total assembly time estimate: 5 minutes

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • Need to print Head 1 with at least 50% fill or sides will snap off

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  • Cost of 3D Garden Tool with 2 heads: 3.30$
  • Commercial Cost of 1 Simple Hand Spade: 6.00$ (*2=12$)
  • Savings= 8.7$

Note: The savings would be greater with more designs of heads used.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Cost of basic gardening tool