Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

From Thingiverse Blog: Slugs Chugging Suds

Are you guys watching the Thingiverse blog? There’s some new activity on there.

I noticed this one earlier: a little hut for your garden that traps slugs and — hmm… — kills ‘em. I’m with Greg on this one, I kinda like slugs. They’re peaceful. But if they’re a nuisance for your garden, make one of these things today and set it out.

If you look at the Thingiverse page for this Slug Trap, you’ll see a little conversation about alcohol and plastic. Since this trap is supposed to use beer to attract the slugs, one commenter wondered if it might degrade over time.

I asked one of our resident materials experts and got an answer: as long as the beverage is less than 8% alcohol by volume, all should be ok! So go on, get rid of some Bud Light and some slugs at the same time.


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Watering spike for 2L bottle with threads by eagleapex

watering spike

Here’s a dead simple but ingenious print: a watering spike to put on those ubiquitous two-liter bottles.  Maybe it’ll help keep your plants from getting too dry during these super-hot summer days.

eagleapex‘s version is derivative (or perhaps a parallel development of) another watering spike by arkatipe.  It’s nice to see great minds racing to the same conclusion — that we need more printable gardening implements!

If you’ve got a gardening-related item, make sure it’s properly tagged with the word “gardening.”  Or, if you’re still in the planning stages, we’re excited to see it, so please model it up and share it to Thingiverse!

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Garden Hack

Gardening wire frame clip (the printed one is on top)

Gardening wire frame clip (the printed one is on top)

My wife and daughter planted a little summer garden recently.  This little garden in large parts is surrounded by some tall green metal wire frames for providing support to growing plants and provides some minor protection against very large animals and small children.  The wire frame support kit, as you might imagine, came with the exact number of the little plastic clips used to assemble the structure.  In it’s third year of use, we finally lost one of those little clips.

And now I had an excuse to bring out my calipers, whip up some OpenSCAD code, and fire up the 3D printer.  Admittedly, I spent more time than was reasonably required to over-engineer the result.  Since these little clips were going to be in use throughout the summer and be visible the entire time, I wanted a design that would match the originals as closely as possible.  After printing out a test piece in black, I printed another forty or so in clear PLA.  These new parts look as good and work just as well as the originals and are biodegradable to boot.

It’s a funny thing, living in a post-3D printing world.  I certainly don’t want to misplace any of the original plastic clips the wire frame set came with.  However, losing a little widget is no longer a cause for alarm, some expensive replacement, or a temporary fix with duct tape/zip tie/twist tie.  While duct tape and zip ties have their place, being able to create a permanent fix for a problem is a pretty amazing thing.

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