D-Lab Corn Sheller
A simple DIY corn shelling tool which makes the corn shelling task easy and faster compared to the traditional methods.
Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.
The product can be made with locally available materials and is DIY so the cost varies depending on the region and materials used.
Goal 2: achieve zero hunger by promoting food security and sustainable agriculture.
Small farm holders who grow corn.
Do it yourself (DIY) instructions are available online. The user needs to build a metal jig which requires welding operations. The metal jig can be used to produce as many corn shellers as desired. Once the jig is ready, a piece of metal sheet can be shaped into a corn sheller following 7 simple steps. Tools needed to make the corn sheller include: metal jig, hammer, shears, pliers, wood block, pipe or rod.
Do it yourself (DIY) instructions are available online
D-Lab’s corn sheller and jig have been taken to more than 10 countries.
Capacity of sheller, measured in kilograms per hour
Is the sheller manually operated or is it motorized?
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List of crops that this technology shells
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D-Lab corn sheller is highly portable and requires no electricity. It can be built from any type of metal sheet locally available. It requires virtually no training to be used, and some tool handling skills to be built. It can be built varying the corn sheller diameter depending on the user’s needs.
It can be built with locally available materials, which can be used as replacements as well.
It can be recycled afterwards.
Ability to build anywhere with local materials, affordability.
The sheller is said to work at least four times faster than by hand
Potential cuts while building and handling metal sheet. Depending on the materials used the tool can present rusting.
Ward, L. 2008. MIT’s Guru of Low-Tech Engineering Fixes the World on $2 a Day Popular Mechanics
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D-lab corn sheller can be used as part of creative capacity building workshops.
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