Note: This feature is in the September TF 2017 issue
Jeff Streuber's replica of a John Deere DB120 48-row planter debuted this summer with unique scratch-built row units. They were entirely designed and created with a 3-D printer
Described as a master builder, Jeff's first foray into 3-D printing a portion of a scratch-built planter was a social media sensation at the Summer Farm Toy Show in Dyersville, Iowa.
Jeff describes one visitor who came to the second day of the show and told Jeff: "You're all over the Internet. I had to come and see this."
The 1?16 scale planter replicates a 120-foot-wide planter, the largest of the agricultural planters made by Bauer Built Manufacturing in Paton, Iowa. It was the largest production planter in the world when it was released in 2009. It was estimated to sow 90 to 100 acres per hour, traveling at about 5 miles an hour.
"When this 48-row came out, I just had this urge to build it," he says.
Jeff's model of the enormous machine is 8 feet wide when it's folded out, and 7 feet long in transportation mode. Most unique about the planter are the hundreds of 3-D-printed parts that complete the row units.
"I thought it looked like a good avenue to go down to get this accomplished. I really wanted to design my own row unit and I just couldn't get what I wanted," he describes. "When I first got to where I could actually design and print it, I thought, 'This is big, this is really going to change things.'"