A wild berry picker is appropriate because it contributes to the zero hunger goal of appropriate technology in the way that it allows collecting food to be much more efficient. Picking wild berries from the bush can be very time consuming. A berry scoop picker can allow berry picking to become exponentially faster and much more efficient as compared to picking berries individually. In many locations it is also dangerous to pick berries where venomous snakes and poisonous spiders live in the bushes. The scoop allows the picker to keep a further distance from the bush, putting a barrier between them and any creatures living in the plants.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

  1. The only material required is 3D printer filament. For the example shown, PETG was used for higher strength, however PLA will suffice.
  2. Click here for source files from FreeCAD and STLs on Youmagine

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer. Note: for the PETG prototype shown in the image a Monoprice maker select printer was used

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • None necessary

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

Note: The following specs are applicable to the PETG prototype shown, will vary for PLA

Print time: 24 hours

Layer Height: 0.3 mm

Fill Density: 10%

Print Speed: 60 mm/s

Printing Temperature: 250 degC

Supports: Automatically generated touching build plate to support handle connection

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • Since there is no assembly required there are no common problems associated with putting the device together

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  1. Cost of printing the wild berry picker: $8.00
  2. Similar berry picker available at Bed Bath and Beyond for $19.99
  3. Savings between printed version and store-bought version = $11.99
  4. % Savings = 40%

Benefited Internet Communities[edit | edit source]

  1. Gardenweb's Fruit and Orchard [1]
  2. The Farming Forum [2]
  3. Community [3]
  4. FarmChat [4]
  5. [5]

References[edit | edit source]

  • No references used
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