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Fruit Picker

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Fruit Picker[edit]

Created by Josh Lawson

Status
This OSAT has been designed but not yet tested - use at own risk.
This OSAT has been prototyped.
This OSAT has been modeled.
This OSAT has been verified by: Josh Lawson.

Abstract[edit]

  1. This project is made for people who wish to pick unreachable fruit from trees. Forcing fruit out of a tree causes it to bruise and spoil quicker than that that is picked from with care. The fruit picker is printed in two parts. It uses a regular 2 liter soda bottle along with five screws to assemble. It does also require an old broom handle or piece of pipe to use as a handle. This is a cheaper alternative to what is already on the market and is more universal in the handles it can use.
  2. Link to file: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1182261

Bill of Materials[edit]

CAD Files

Extra Parts

  • 1/8" x 3/8" sheet metal screw (x2)
  • 1/4" x 1-1/4" machine screw (x3)

Tools needed for fabrication[edit]

  1. 3D printer
  2. Equivalent screw drivers to match screws used

Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT[edit]

  • There is no special skills needed to make this tool.

Technical Specifications[edit]

  1. If any changes to the design want to be done, open the SCAD file and adjust the parameters.
  2. Slicing instructions:
    1. Fill % = 50
    2. Speed = 70 mm/sec
    3. Layer Height = .15 mm
    4. No support Needed
  3. Print time with above settings will be about 3 hours per part

Assembly Instructions[edit]

  1. Cut bottom off of 2 liter bottle at desired location
  2. Screw sheet metal screws through bottle so they line up with holes in poth 3D printed parts
  3. Evenly screw last three screws to fix to handle

Cost savings[edit]

Cost of creating this hammer

  *Filament needed: 82 grams @ $22.98/kg = $1.88
  *Hardware needed: 5 screws @ $1.50
  *At a total cost of $3.38

Commercial Equivalents

  *Equivalent: $10.69

Gallery[edit]

Fruit Picker
Fork SCAD  
Stem SCAD  

References[edit]