Field Dressing Tool

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Field Dressing Tool
Cutting Tool.JPG
Description The OSAT field dressing tool allows the user to cut only what is needed from the animal in a safe manner. With this tool the user can field dress an animal faster and safer than with a traditional blade.
Keywords 3D printing, hunting, field dressing, knife, tool
Uses agriculture, development, industry
Authors Zachary Dubiel
Status prototype
Made? Yes
Replicated? Was this project made independently by someone other than the authors and without their guidance? No
Countries of design United States
Affiliations MTU
Materials Plastic
Estimated cost USD $ 2.65
Sustainable Development Goals SDG15 Life on land
SDG02 Zero hunger
Documentation data
Language English
Manifest data
Language English
Updated 2020-06-04
Author Kathy Nativi
Author affiliation Appropedia
Author email

OSAT Field Dressing Tool

Project developed by User:zedubiel


Animals raised on a farm or harvested from the field need to be field dressed and skinned in order to obtain quality, unspoiled meat. This process is often interrupted due to dull cutting blades that are not sized properly for the task. The OSAT field dressing tool allows the user to cut only what is needed in a safe manner. This is accomplished by mounting a replaceable utility blade on a 3D printed handle with a guard. This design allows the user to cut just underneath the skin without puncturing organs. Allowing the user to replace the blade ensures the tool is replaceable and easy to use time after time. So with this tool the user can field dress an animal quicker and safer than with a traditional blade.

3D Printed Cutting Tool
3D Printed Cutting Tool

Bill of Materials

Utility blades can be ordered in bulk for little cost. TEKTON supplies 100 utility blades for $9.26. This is available here

The STL file for the part and openSCAD file can be found here:

Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  2. Utility blades

Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions

  1. The part takes about 30 minutes to print.
  2. Once printed simply snap the utility blade into place as seen in the pictures.

Common Problems and Solutions

  • If needed the blade can be heated and pressed into the handle. If this is not possible the part may need to be scaled larger or smaller and reprinted.

Cost savings

  • A commercial equivalent to this cutting tool is available here for $12.61.
  1. Blades are about 12 cents a piece if ordered in bulk.
  2. About 4.5 meters of filament are needed to produce this part. This equates to about 50 cents.
  3. Savings for this part are about 79 percent.