Hand shovel.JPG
Device data
Manufacturing files http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:577651
Software license [ ]
Hardware license [ ]
Project data
Authors Zach Malinowski
Status Designed
Prototyped
Completed 2014
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Cost USD $ 3.8
Instance of Hand shovel
Export to Open Know How Manifest
Page data
Type Device, Project
Keywords 3D printing, gardening, hand tools, osat, shovel, plastic
SDGs Sustainable Development Goals SDG08 Decent work and economic growth
Authors Zach Malinowski
Kathy Nativi
Published 2014
License CC BY-SA 3.0
Affiliations Michigan_Tech's_Open_Sustainability_Technology_Lab
MY4777
MTU
Language English (en)
Page views 308


This project is a hand shovel. It can also be scaled up easily into a normal shovel. This fulfills a need where people need a shovel or don't have normal access to the materials. People can also can use this if they feel that normal shoves aren't efficient enough. The design of the shovel is to be very wide to improve scoping efficiency.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

Optionally, get the files from thingiverse. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:577651

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  2. A 2 part epoxy or other adhesive

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

Print at least one shovel and one handle. Handles fit together. It is recommended to print 2 handles to allow for a nice grip room.

The shovel can take 5+ hours to print. Each handle can take 1+ hour to print.

Assembly[edit | edit source]

Expect assembly to take 1-2 hours depending on your adhesive.

  1. Step 1 - Remove any extra plastic from the printed holes.
  2. Step 2 - Glue pieces together
  3. Step 3 - Use your shovel

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • One common problem is making is inset hole to small for the handle. Make sure that you make the inset hole at least 1 mm bigger.

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  1. Total build cost with 2 handles - $3.80
  2. http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-79786931J-Composite-Trowel-79786931J0/dp/B0002YVDSW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1417703076&sr=8-5&keywords=hand+shovel
  3. $4.68 - $3.80 = $0.88

References[edit | edit source]