Bulb/Seed Planter

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Bulb/Seed Planter
Bulb planter blade detail.jpeg
Description Small, easily producible, hand sized, bulb and seed planter. The current opening fits groupings of seeds or a small bulb, but can easily be sized to fit a larger bulb as well.
Keywords 3D printing, seed, bulb, planter
Made? Yes
Countries of design Category:United States
Estimated cost $ 0.80
Documentation data
Language English
Manifest data
Language eng
Updated 2020-06-04
Author Kathy Nativi
Author affiliation Appropedia

Open source, lightweight, sturdy bulb and seed planter.


Hand Bulb/Seed Planter

Project developed by Zodvorak (talk) 7:49, 4 December 2014 (PST)

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Abstract

The idea of this OSAT is a small, easily producible, hand sized, bulb and seed planter. The current opening fits groupings of seeds or a small bulb, but can easily be sized to fit a larger bulb as well.

The interior of the planter is designed to have a ridged blade edge for ripping and tearing into dirt with a twisting motion. As the designers home is currently covered in permafrost, testing has not yet occurred.

Planter
Body detail  
blade detail  

Bill of Materials

  1. 3D Printer (Reprap Delta or other stye)
  2. PLA/ABS/or other appropriate filament
  3. Bulb planter G-Code

Here is a link to all source, stl, and gcode files http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:577433

Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT

Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT

  • Knowledge of running the used style of printer
  • Use of opescad
  • use of cura
  • Basic horticultural knowledge

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions

  1. Download the file from the thingiverse page
  2. Load and slice the g-code from the .stl of the part
  3. Print, carefully cut supports for handhold, cut any loose printing
  4. Go plant some seeds!
  • Estimated print time: 2hr 30min (20% infill)

Common Problems and Solutions

  • Print must be at 20% or above fill to ensure satisfactory strength of the part when tearing into harder soils
  • As the base of the print is smaller than the upper edge of the print, printing the part upside down (slice in cura) could be helpful to ensure the part remains fixed to the print base

Cost savings

  • Estimated costs

$0.80 in fillament

  • Store equivalent

$4.97 from amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-79836935-Bulb-Transplanter/dp/B000KL1M88/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1417696745&sr=1-1&keywords=hand+bulb+planter

  • Savings

$4.17

83% savings

References

  • My experience in the MTU MY4777 Open-source 3d printing class.