Publication Date

Fall 12-14-2019

Document Type

Final Report

Embargo Date


Problem Statement

The Speedy Seeder or ”SS” is a device designed to decrease the time it takes to fill one seed plot by hand to roughly sixteen percent of the time. The customer of the SS is EarthDance Organic Farms School. EarthDance fills a large number of plots each year by placing a seed in every single compartment which come in three sizes: 32, 72, and 128 compartments per plot. Filling a single plot by hand can take roughly 8 minutes. The SS makes filling a plot much easier and faster, allowing a single plot to be filled in under 75 seconds. The SS also allows for plots to be filled with varying seeds sizes. The SS uses two sheets of clear cast acrylic and is made with an aluminum frame. It is easy to use, requiring only the ability to lift and rotate the SS, and slide one of the Acrylic sheets. The SS has dimensions of 13.5” x 21” and is easily assembled. The manufacturing cost of the SS is roughly $120, which is approximately $330 less than the nearest competition. The SS was made primarily with a laser cutter to cut the cast acrylic quickly and accurately, and a band saw to cut the aluminum frame.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)