InterchangeableGardenTools Assembly.JPG
Project data
Authors Logan Stetsko
Status Designed
Prototyped
Completed 2016
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Cost USD 4.63
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Update to Changeable Garden Tool Heads. A few students from previous classes created smart and creative tools that could be used anywhere in the world for many different applications. I took it upon myself to create a universal, ergonomic handle, and update two tools to interchange easily with my handle. I also uploaded a file used to create more tools that would fit with the handle, if anyone would like to add to the attachments.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

  1. Handle
  2. Pin
  3. Pruning Hook
    1. (2) Stanley Heavy Duty Utility Blades (10 for $6.14)
    2. (4) 3MM nuts and bolts
  4. Cultivator Rake

Source File

File:InterchangeableGardenTools.fcstd

YouMagine Entry

STLs on Github Repository

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  • MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • Pliers to Tighten Nuts
  • Sandpaper for minor sanding to ensure perfect fits into handle

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • Slicing Software such as Cura
  • Open Source CAD software such as FreeCAD

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

The following are the setting I used to print each piece. These may not be the optimal settings, but the final pieces work well

Handle - 32g filament - 2.5 hours to print

  • Infill: 10%
  • Layer Height: 0.2 mm
  • Shell Thickness: 1.5 mm
  • Bottom and Top Thickness: 1.5 mm

Pin - 2g filament - 15 minutes to print

  • Infill: 10%
  • Layer Height: 0.2 mm
  • Shell Thickness: 1 mm
  • Bottom and Top Thickness: 1 mm

Pruning Hook - Based off Hannah Power's Pruning hook - 29g filament - 2 hours to print

  • Infill: 50%
  • Layer Height: 0.2 mm
  • Shell Thickness: 1.5 mm
  • Bottom and Top Thickness: 1.5 mm

Cultivator Rake - Based off Matthew Andres' Hand cultivator - 66g filament - 5 hours to print

  • Infill: 50%
  • Layer Height: 0.2 mm
  • Shell Thickness: 1.5 mm
  • Bottom and Top Thickness: 1.5 mm

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

I had an issue with parts pealing off the bed, especially the cultivator head. I printed it again with a brim and no issue

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  • $3.25 in PLA filament
  • $1.50 in nuts and bolts from hardware store
  • $1.23 for 2 utility blades [1]

$4.63 Total

Commercial Equivalent

  • Pruning Knife - $15.74 [2]
  • Cultivator Rake - $10.71 [3]

$26.45 Total Savings = $21.82 = 82%

Page data
Type Device, Project
Keywords 3d printing, garden tool heads, gardening, osat, plastic
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG08 Decent work and economic growth
Authors Logan Stetsko, Kathy Nativi
Published 2016
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Affiliations MTU, Michigan_Tech's_Open_Sustainability_Technology_Lab, MY4777
Language English (en)
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