About this device
Keywords 3D printing, fruit picker, osat, trees, plastic
Uses agriculture, industry
Authors Josh Lawson
Status Designed
Made? Yes
Published 2015
Designed in Michigan, USA
Affiliations MTU
Cost USD $ 3.38
SDGs SDG02 Zero hunger
SDG08 Decent work and economic growth
SDG15 Life on land
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Instructions data
Manufacturing files https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1182261
Translation data

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.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

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

Technical Specifications[edit | edit source]

  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 | edit source]

  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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]