Garden Rake

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Garden Rake by tlalexander Dec 3, 2011
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This is a small hand rake for gardening. I like the idea of making useful things on 3D printers, and if you like gardening you'll probably find this useful. My first print wasn't great but it proved the idea. I think with more infill it would work great. Try something strong like 70% infill and a few shells it should work great. The part is large (8 inches long) as it was designed for the Ultimaker, but I believe Repraps could do it too? Makerbotters would need to cut and glue for it to work.

This is my first Thing on Thingiverse, which I'm excited about, so even though I want to make some improvements I thought I'd share it. The improvements I'd make are that I'd adjust the spacing of the finger indentations slightly, and increase the length of the tongs a bit. Look for a derivative if I get around to it. Source is Solidworks 2012 and I'll update this with that soon.

I'll also probably make a nice little shovel to go with it soon.






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You might want to export a lower polygon count .stl file. 57mb is a bit overkill methinks.

Looks good, though!

Good call - I'm afraid of polys, heh. Uploaded a 7mb version.

Nice design, I wonder how much abuse a item like that can hold up to. I like the look of it though. One unrelated Q, did you paint the UM the same color as the tape on purpose or did that just happen? :) Looks like a picture taken from a catalog with all that nice lighting. Don't you know that you are supposed to only use crappy low light camera-phone pics? Make everyone look bad. Good job. :-P

It's an interesting side-discussion. Pictures like this, well staged and lit, look visually fantastic and really show off the technology. But, I also love seeing other pictures where you can see the random background items showing what someone else's shop or bot-cave look like. "Oooh, is that a solar charge controller I see in the background? Hey, I've got that same milling machine...", that kind of thing. I had a guy comment on one of my pictures saying "Hey, that's my (printed upgrade), glad you found it useful" or something like that.

Not sure I have a point here, coffee hasn't kicked in just yet.

Hah, thats an interesting point. I've got some more pictures here:


Though I noticed by instinct I was always trying to keep peripheral crud out of the images. My "bot-cave" is also my living room, and quite messy, so I think I was avoiding people finding out just how messy I am! I really need to clean around there...

Though if you look carefully at full resolution copies of the first few pictures, you may notice some "interesting" things in my DVD collection. :)

The color scheme was on purpose, as was the lighting - I'm a photographer. :) And I don't want to make everyone feel bad! Just non-Ultimaker owners. ;)

Hahah ROFL totally agree, please start using crappy light+camera! :-D :-D