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There was a request to design a customizable shovel handle. A previous student designed one years ago and I was not impressed with the design or that I was not able to customize it on thingiverse. I remade it with a different design and made the shaft diameter and the length of the grip variable. Printing a shovel handle is an easy way to ensure you are getting what you need and my design will make sure it is also comfortable in your hands.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

  1. OS compatible 3D printer
  2. 2- M6X140 bolts
  3. 2- M6x1.0 standard nuts
    1. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3263057%7C necessary files to download here

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  2. M6 screwdriver

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

None! Just print and install!

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

  1. Provide directions for print/assembly - be detailed enough in your "how to" to ensure that someone could construct the device from your description. Consider the elegance of IKEA like instructions.
  2. Aprox. 9 hours for my printer at 40mm/s
  3. 15-20 minutes to assemble

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

Prints failing is the most common problem I have run across. Tighten any bolts, belts, and recalibrate if necessary.

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  • If your solution is not a low cost one then it is not really appropriate.
  1. My print surface did not allow for me to print it on its side. so with my supports, it cost $3.12
  2. $8.08 is the cheapest on amazon before shipping
  3. You save at minimum, $5.00

Benefited Internet Communities[edit | edit source]

  • The Garden Web Forums - [1]
  • Tomatoville - [2]
  • Terraforrums - [3]
  • Gardenstew - [4]
  • The British Cactus and Succulent Society - [5]

References[edit | edit source]

Designed by me with hand calculations. I did not use a standard or any regulations.

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