Introduction: Universal Nut Sheller

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This machine was invented by Jock Brandis to shell peanuts at the request of a women's coop in Mali, later he would co-found an non-profit international development organization called the Full Belly Project that for developing countries. There are around 1/2 billion people in the world that rely on peanuts as a primary source of protein. Most people can only hand shell 2 lbs (1 kg) of peanuts an hour, but this machine can do 110lbs (50 kg) an hour. In addition the machine is actually capable of shelling a variety of nuts, including neem , shea nuts (for shea butter)and Jatropha The machine uses two sets of fiberglass molds ($550), some common metal parts, some cement and sand.The cost (not including shipping) of one set of molds and enough parts to make 3 machines is $700.  The molds and metal parts can be ordered from the Full Belly Project. We only ask that when distributing our devices that your provide us with feedback and credit our organization for the invention of the machine.  Take a look at our video introducing the machine to Uganda in 2005:

Step 1: Greasing the Outer Rotor Mold

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After locating the outer rotor mold, Wipe inner face of the outer rotor mold with cooking grease or heavy oil. This ensures an easy release of the concrete from the mold.

Step 2: Grease Inner Rotor Mold

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Locate inner rotor mold and prep for greasing. Wipe smooth exterior surface of the inner rotor mold with cooking grease or heavy oil.

Step 3: Mount Shortest Threaded Rods

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Install shortest threaded rods with nut and washer on both sides of outer rotor mold, exposing just enough threads to get a washer and nut on tightly.

Step 4: Insert Rotor Shaft

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Insert biggest shaft with two attached flat pieces into center hole THREADED END GOING IN FIRST. The threaded end must be facing down otherwise you will be unable to assemble your machine.

Step 5: Assemble the Stool

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Assemble the stool by attaching legs and spin pipe into center mount.

Step 6: Set Rotor Mold on Stool

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Place outer rotor mold on stool, by sliding the shaft sticking out through the hole in the stool and through the pipe on the other end. The bolts sticking out of the mold should drop into the two big holes on either side of the one for the central shaft.

Step 7: Attach Inner Rotor Mold

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Slide inner rotor mold onto shaft.

Step 8: Securing the Rotor Mold With Lock Nut

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Spin Lock Nut (nut with welded flat bar) onto shaft thread and hand tighten.

Step 9: Attach Clamp to Shaft

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Fit wooden clamp to exposed shaft, keeping inner rotor mold pressed down. Check the Lock Nut for tightness. The clamp is there to keep the mold from floating up on top of the liquid concrete.

Step 10: Pour Concrete Into Rotor Mold and Let Set

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USE HARD SAND, SAND BLASTING OR RIVER SAND, AVOID CRUSHED CORAL. MIX SAND AND CEMENT IN A 50/50 MIX. Pour concrete into mold to within about a fingers width of the top of inner rotor mold lip. LET STAND UNTIL A SHARP OBJECT CAN STILL SCRATCH A GROOVE IN THE SURFACE. The concrete will cure faster in warmer climates. Make sure you place this is a level spot . Important Note: Please use a bubble level if available, or just do the best you can to level out the assembly, for this ensures the rotor runs "true" inside the outer piece (stator).

Step 11: Removing Rotor From Mold

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Note: These steps should be completed while concrete is still soft enough to brush surface to make it rough- WARNING: IF CONCRETE HAS LEFT TO SET TO LONG IT WILL BE TO HARD TO BRUSH AND THE SURFACE WILL REMAIN SMOOTH. IF THIS HAPPENS BREAK CEMENT OFF SHAFT AND START OVER. Times vary according to cement type, temperatures, and wetness of mixture.

Remove bottom Lockdown nut and lift Rotor Mold off stool.

Step 12: Remove Nuts

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Remove 2 nuts from bottom of mold so that the attached threaded rods will release.

Step 13: Remove Wooden Clamp

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Step 14: Pry Out Center Hub

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Gently pry out Center Hub using bottom and top brackets.

Step 15: Remove Rotor From Mold

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Place Rotor in mold on blocks with central shaft between the blocks. Hit side with piece of wood to loosen. Drop the whole assembly gently onto the blocks until the concrete releases.

Step 16: Prepping the Stator Mold

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Prior to prepping the mold for use, please check that side expansion joints are free and clear of any residual mortar, or foreign matter of any kind the seal should join cleanly. Also clean the expansion joints of the mold with a knife or similar tool, and bolt the sides together, sealing it closed. Do not over-tighten bolts.

Step 17: Grease Inside of Outer Stator Mold

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Wipe inner surface of outer stator mold generously with cooking grease for easy release later.

Step 18: Prep Liner for Inner Stator Mold

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Your kit should come with a plastic liner in it. This is used to help release the inner stator mold. However if the liner needs to be replaced this can be done with any heavy plastic liner. Just cut out a piece that fits the inner stator mold.

Step 19: Prepping Plastic Liner

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Once you've cut out the part for the plastic liner go ahead and seal the seam with electrical tape. If any liner is left above the mold trim it with scissors. Try to make the liner fit around the mold as smoothly as possible. ANY FOLDS IN THE PLASTIC WILL WEAKEN THE CONCRETE. Once your done simply slide the liner on top of the mold. Your will then be able to reuse the liner in quite a few more machines.

Step 20: Insert Support Bolts

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Insert four (4) bent threaded rods into 4 holes in inner stator mold,leaving two opposite holes open as shown. Thse rods are for attaching the carrying handles. Be sure to turn rods so that tips are a finger's width away from surface of mold (see image.) Place one washer and nut above and below the lip, leaving three finger widths above the inner stator mold lip.

Step 21: Place Inner Stator Mold in Outer Stator Mold

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Insert inner stator mold into outer stator mold. Center pin will slide into hole in center of inner stator mold, inserting pin in center.

Step 22: Insert Long Threaded Rods

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Insert and drop longeest threaded rods into the two remaining holes in the inner stator, these rods pass through the bottom of outer stator mold, and are secured by a washer and nut.

Step 23: Secure Long Threaded Rods

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Secure each bolt with a washer and nut to hold the two mold sections together.

Step 24: Pour Stator

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MIX HARD SAND AND CEMENT IN A HALF AND HALF MIX, SAND BLASTING SAND OR RIVER SAND NOT CORAL OR FINE SAND. On a level surface, on a level surface pour concrete between molds, using a thin stick to remove air, only if necessary. DO NOT OVERFILL. Fill within one centimeter of the top of molds.LET SET AND HARDEN UNTIL A SHARP OBJECT CAN STILL MAKE A GROOVE IN SURFACE, hardening times vary with temperature and local cement type. Harden until cement has the the consistency of styrafoam. Use a bubble level in a few directions to assure it is level and straight. Note: Monitor the cement as it hardens. When the surface is hard, but can be scratched, remove inner mold and plastic liner for roughing up surface with wire brush.

Step 25: Remove Washers From Stator

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After concrete is the consistency of styrafoam remove all six nuts and washers from mold.

Step 26: Remove Inner Stator Mold

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Using the top and bottom bracket pry and lift inner stator mold out.

Step 27: Remove Plastic Liner

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Pull Plastic Liner out Save Liner for later use. (However if it does rip it is easily replaceable).

Step 28: Brush Inner Stator

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Leaving stator in outer mold, brush the inside surface of the stator using a wire brush using vertical brush strokes until the surface is rough. A machine with smooth inner surfaces will work very poorly. IF CONCRETE IS TOO HARD TO BRUSH REMOVE STATOR FROM MOLD, BREAK OUT METAL PIECES AND START AGAIN.

Step 29: Remove Remaining Nuts

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After final 12 more hours setting time - Remove remaining 2 nuts.

Step 30: Loosen Expansion Joints

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Loosen nuts holding expansion joints closed.

Step 31: Release Mold From Concrete

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Pry both joints open 1 cm.

Step 32: Lift Mold Off Stator

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Lift mold off stator. Smooth the edges.

Step 33: Attach Center Top Bracket

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Set bracket on exposed threaded rods with loose nuts and washers. Center pipe in opening.

Step 34: Secure With Washer and Nut

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Step 35: Add Heavy Machine Grease

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Pack as much heavy machine grease as possible into top bearing.

Step 36: Turn Stator With Top Bracket Upside Down on Blocks

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You will want to set the stator with the attached top bracket on top of concrete blocks (cinder blocks) or something of a similar shape, being careful that the bracket is suspended between the blocks and off the ground.

Step 37: Place Rotor in Stator

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Gently insert upside down rotor into upside down stator. The reason for having the stator up on blocks is to allow space for the rotor shaft to go through the bracket tube.

Step 38: Grease Bottom Bracket Tube

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Pack bottom bearing tube with heavy machine grease.

Step 39: Identify Bracket Rods

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Identify two threaded rods that also connect to top bracket. Identify the other end of the threaded rods that are holding the top bracket on. Place a nut and then a washer on each.

Step 40: Attach Bottom Bracket

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Slide bearing tube (with bottom bracket attached) onto shaft.

Step 41: Secure Bottom Bracket

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Install nut and washer on bottom mounting bolts, and tighten.

Step 42: Attach Wooden Supports

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Cut and drill wooden supports. You can figure out where the holes should go by placing a support on the threaded rods then hitting the top of the wood with the other support, leaving an idention from the threaded rods to show you where the holes should be. Attach to bottom of machine using remaining a washer and nut on each threaded rod.

Step 43: Turn Machine on Side Then Install Washers

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You will now carefully, with two people turn the machine on its side, being careful to not let the shaft slide down through the bracket. Grease 4 (four) large washers, and install onto the top threaded end of the shaft.

Step 44: Attach Turning Handle and Lock Nut

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While the machine is still on its side spin the handle onto threaded shaft, and install lock nut after, as shown.

Step 45: Attach the Metering Plate

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This is the Layout of the Metering Plates for the Sheller. Install the larger half-circle plates first so that that the notches meet. Then install the small plate on top, securing it with a wing-nut. Rotate the smaller plate in either direction to open or close gap. THIS IS SHOWN OUTSIDE THE SHELLER BUT YOU WILL ACTUALLY BE DOING THE STEP WITH THE ROTOR INSIDE THE STATOR.

Step 46: Set on 1/2 Oil Drum and Adjust

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Set on box or 1/2 oil drum or other supporting object. To adjust for shelling bigger or smaller nuts raise or lower the rotor. To raise the rotor release the lock nut and spin handle to expose more thread on shaft. To lower the rotor do the opposite.

Setting for Nut Size:

Shell a nut by hand. Drop through gap in metering plates. If the nut falls through the bottom of the machine, raise the rotor by turning the handle clockwise. If the nut fails to drop through, lower the rotor until it does. At that point tighten the lock nut.

Fine Tuning:

Shell 1 liter of nuts. If breakage rate is high lower rotor. If too many nuts are unshelled raise rotor. In the case of any nuts with a wide variety of sizes you may have to set for large nuts and seperate unshelled small nuts and pass through machine again.

Seeting for Volume of Nuts Shelled:

If nuts shell too slowly. Loosen wingnut on metering plate and adjust top plate to open gap.

Setting for Larger Nuts

If you want to set for larger nuts you may have to undo the two small bols on the the top bearing tube with an adjustable wrench and drop the entire assembly as far as necessary.

Step 47: Travel to Developing Country

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Proceed to introduce sheller to villages. Any small farms that grow peanuts, pecans, neem nuts, wing beans palm nuts, shea nuts and pine nuts have a use for this machine. You may even discover other nuts that it can shell (and please let us know if you do). The people of these villages will thank you profusley as will their children who typically have to spend hours shelling nuts.

Step 48: Pedal Powered Agricultural Center (Coming Soon to an Instructable Near You)

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This is a picture of our Pedal Powered Agricultural Center (PPAC), essentially it adds on to the Universal Nut Sheller (UNS) by making it pedal powered, increasing the amount of peanuts that can be shelled from 50 kg (110lbs) to 90 kg (200 lbs) an hour. The machine rests on a oil drum base, with the top 1/4 of the oil drum being used to make a squirrel fan that acts as a blower to seperate the shells from the nuts after they've come out of the UNS. The rest of the machine is simply made of pipe, a few pulleys, belts, and wooden bearings. Amazingly the peanut breakage rate (which is very important as broken peanuts will go rancid if their papery skins are pulled off) is only 5%. The industry standard is 20%, and electric machines with similar outputs and are much more expensive, and powered by electricity are around 40%. We have tested the machine in the Philippines (thanks to the efforts of Illac Diaz and the Myshelter Foundation) with great success. In addition we also won an MIT IDEAS Award for it, once again thanks to Illac Diaz who coordinated our entry. We will have instructions on how to make it as soon as we can. But if you need more info right away go to our website also check out our blog at


d_r_e (author)2006-08-22

Very interesting project that I just happened to come across in the search for DIY lightweight concrete. Anyway, have you considered making the molds from vacuum formed styrene? You can make the positive from ren wood, which would allow for a few hundred molds. Styrene properties may just fit your requirements as it is fairly inexpensive, lightweight, smooth surface texture, and water proof.

Can you provide a link to somewhere to get styrene? and some more information about its composition

Here's what it says about styrene on Wikipedia.

Hi Roey This is from Peshawar Pakistan, do you intend to test your product in Pakistan?

Here is a sample site. I have never used them before but just to give you an example. I do suggest getting the 0.06" or even the 0.08" thick sheets as they can be reused several times over and easily repaired. As you can see the prices are fairly inexpensive. You may even get a discount if you order in bulk and mention what you will be using it for as large companies can use this as tax deduction.

Also call around. Here is a link to the Thomas Registry, which has the contact information for many companies.

here is some info on styrene

If you need help, look for industrial designers who are familiar with styrene’s properties as many are idealist (mostly students) and would love to help for a good cause. As for me, I haven't worked with styrene for quite sometime, nor do I have the facilities to work with it. But I have seen very simple vacuum form setups that use halogen lights, peg board, and a shop vacuum.

mannys111 (author)2016-07-20

I like this product a lot and would like to own one. But I cannot find any contact address on the website. Could you please let me know how to get in touch with someone. Thanks

FlorinJ (author)2016-01-10

Really-really-really great idea and realization, IMO. Two questions:

1) Some nuts have really hard shells, like for example hazelnuts. I imagine the harder the shells, the heavier the toll on the concrete walls. How durable is such a mill?

2) Did you reach to the specific angles and dimensions via lots of experiments, or did it work right off the bat? I mean, are angles and dimensions very important, or could someone just build something similar with slightly off angles and still have a usable machine?

RichardE11 (author)2016-01-10

If this could be adapted to processing coffee (shelling the ripe bean), the poor coffee farmers could hold their product and sell at the higher prices as dried beans... now they sell the raw coffee at 12 cents a pound (about 30 cents dried) and the large processing companies export it at $3.00 a pound or more.... the dried beans could be sold to tourist at $4 or more per pound as it is the best of the local coffee since it is picked at the best moments.... any ideas??????

sushinoms (author)2010-12-13

Trying to get the nuts out of certain shells can be really annoying. So hearing about something like this that can crack any shell makes me really curious. Why are these not commercialized yet? I mean in a compact home-friendly sense. If they had them like that I would buy one today. .

davycrockett (author)2010-10-01

The Full Belly Project looks like a really great idea. I heard about the LDS (Mormon) church creating some sort of highly nutricious grain based substance that they are shipping over there to feed people who have literally nothing to eat.

rapidprototyping (author)2010-08-03

it's morphing to an open source like project being worked on 24 seven so cool see what allowing your design out does all sortsw of help abouve and beyond they will go to feed the people of the world whats next affordable housing cast an idea that fixes that they need houses in hati

rapidprototyping (author)2010-08-03

stay with what works and get it into the field. then prototyp other designs. i suspect different designs may be required for different nuts. Also the idea of mass produced styrofoam forms to construct the concrete casting in the field or once in country great idea to uses cad cam to design after the prototype is tested molds could be made cheaply.

SinAmos (author)2010-07-18

Love it.

wenui (author)2010-04-21

Is incredible,
with a few simple things, how much good can be done.

Wonderful Work

Carlos Marmo (author)2008-10-29

Wonderful Work! Congratulations!

sacem (author)2008-08-17

I have a request from "Ashanincas" amazon jungle tribes to provide them with some way of shelling their peanut crops, these people were a common target of the Shinning Path terrorist group in the 90's and still are being hit by narcoterrorist bands that use them a forced labor for their "work", some tribes are reinstalling thmselves at their traditional fields and they have the usual hard work of shelling their local grown peanut crop (peanuts are original from here, Peru). I have seen your sheller design and it seems perfect for their needs, I have already downloaded the metal parts drawings and need a simple cross section of the sheller with basic starting dimensions in order to avoid the redesign of the machine. I am going to build the molds from steel plate and make a about 20 or 30 shellers to send them as donations from my company (we deal in heavy minning equipment) and afterwards try to reach most tribal settlements through some aid organization and furnish them with several molds. I wonder if installing a reinforcing wire wound inside the outside shell will not give the equipment a higher shock and effort resistance with very little added cost. Thanks for your feedback Marcelo Cabello SACEM

stacymckenna (author)2008-07-07

I've started looking into harvesting local acorns here in Southern California as an alternative food source. This would make the shelling process worlds easier, if they're amenable. I'll be looking into finding plastic children's buckets or flower pots for stator/rotor mold forms (to be modified as needed, of course). The CAD diagram above is IMMENSELY helpful for those of us trying to come up with ways to make a form for less than $500. Now I only wish I had a better idea of the hardware. I was disappointed the CAD drawings weren't available at the Full Belly website as indicated by the clip on But thanks so much for the idea - it's a fabulous design!

Hi stacy, Im looking to use this for acorns here in southern oregon, im just about to start building a makeshift model. Let me know how your machine works with acorn! Good luck!

nateput (author)2007-09-11

The stator is just direct drive, right? Hi I'm wondering at what rpm is it hand-cranked for optimum performance?

The Full Belly Project (author)2006-05-22

Hello everyone, thanks for your comments. Actually we already are working with the D-Lab folks. They helped us distribute some of these machines in Zambia, Ghana and the Philippines ( We also just one 2nd place at the MIT IDEAS for a pedal powered version (we would have taken first but a pedal broke in shipment) Jock is going to be teaching a class at MIT in October with D-Lab. Right now what we're looking for is folks that would be interested in collaborting on designing and/or distributing some OSAT technology. Or working with us to improve this design. For instance the fibreglass molds cost $200 to make. But its the only material we can think of that will work with concrete, won't break easily, and is light to ship. If anyone has any ideas for a better material for the molds let us know.

I saw the nut sheller a year+ ago at the Olin Expo. My comment then, which I still think is valid, is that you can dispense with the fibreglass molds. Use a hole in the ground as your mold. The outer shape doesn't matter much--what matters is the inner shape. Dig a hole in the ground the approximate shape of the sheller housing. Line with plastic if soil conditions require. Fill hole with cement. Press the "innards", wrapped in plastic if necessary, into the wet cement. Remove innards while cement is soft. Dig cement housing out of the ground when cement is fully hard.

I have been reading about your project and decided to give this a try as my family has several pecan trees. After looking at your fiberglass forms I took a trip to the local Walmart and picked up a couple of recycled plastic flower pots. I don't recall the exact size, big. Both the same shape but one smaller allowing for a 1" to 1 1/2" of concrete. I poured it last night and all worked well. I am looking for the perfect size for the rotor now. These are very light but only available where you can find them. Also they released from the concrete very easily. If possible please post a link to allow for donations. I did use your idea as an example. Awesome project by the way. Jural

teddlesruss (author)Jural2007-07-23

Hey Jural consider this - since the rotor and stator are tapered, you need only get close with the rotor size, and slide it up and down to get the perfect gap dimensions... Make sure the rotor is quite a bit shorter, and put shims (washers) under the bottom until it's at the perfect height.

Umm okay I do have an idea for very cheap molds that you could ship to anywhere - Nursery plant pots.

They come in a range of sizes in similar sizes and tapers, you can nail one down inside another larger one to form the stator, and use the next size down as the rotor form, the existing drainage holes can serve as guides for placing the bolts and centreing the axle, and you don't care afterwards if you cut the forms and throw them away as they are only a few cents apiece. And if you coat them with an oil or release agent first then you can even re-use them.

(A roll of plastic tape covers the drainage holes so you don't lose cement or get odd protuberances.)

Want more ideas? Please check and contact me there am happy to discuss.

hmmm, I'm sure you could make an inflatable rubber mold. That fibreglass wont last long after a couple of whacks from a hammer the first time it sticks to the concrete. Interesting, I'll have a think about this...

radiorental (author)radiorental2006-05-22

or plastic if you were to secure funding for a larger production run. I'm sure there will be times when people forget, or dont have to hand, any grease. Once fibreglass cracks its done, very hard to fix. Concrete will have a much harder time sticking to plastic... I would imagine?? This is an awesome project and I'd like to help out in any way I can.

sdedalus2000 (author)radiorental2007-01-03

seems like the molds are simple enough to with minor modifications be built using a vacuum forming process if so hobbyists could put the molds together on a distributed small scale basis out of thermal plastic.

Anothe reason that we have for using fiberglass is that is can be manufactured locally in Wilmington NC by a boat builder who makes the molds for us at cost. This can be replicated easily wherever people work with fiberglass, which is usually every port city in the world. If we had a factory that could pump out plastic molds that would be great but we don't. An inflatable mold....I would think that the weight of the concrete would be such that you would need a lot of air pressure to keep the mold in the shape that you wanted it. Also you are left with the problem of making plastic molds...unless you have a factory it would be difficult.

very true, I assumed you might have trouble finding fibreglass in some places away from the coast. Not sure where peanuts like to grow. I do a little work with fibreglass and its not a simple tech. I mentioned the inflatable mold in passing, I know they can be pumped hard, they can make surfboards out of it. And most averyone has a bicycle pump. But again, these are mass production molds, fibreglass is your best bang for buck as they say.

leevonk (author)radiorental2006-05-23

see my shapelock post below. It's a hard, very easy to mold plastic, can mold it by hand after putting in 160 degree Farenheit water, solidifies at room temperature.

Wow...this stuff is neat. I wonder how much you would need to make our molds. Got any rough estimates?

it's hard for me to estimate cause I don't know how thick the mold would have to be to hold cement. As far as I remember, the 500g containers of shapelock come in cylindrical cases of ~4" diameter and ~4" tall (filled with plastic pellets). You might be able to get a big discount for large quantity purchases (cause they mostly sell small quantities to hobbiests). If you could get away with making scaled down versions of the grinder that might be more cost effective if using this product. The nice thing is if the mold breaks or is cut away to free the cement, you can just melt it and remake or patch it very easily. If you ship the molds back from countries after their used, you could melt it down into an easy to ship brick too.

leevonk (author)leevonk2006-05-25

just measured a 250 gram shapelock container I have (turns out I didn't have a 500g container). The 250g container is:

radius = 4.25 cm
height = 8 cm
volume = h*pi*r2 = 453.7 cm3

I think that's a great suggestion, provided that we could set up a plastic mold factory, for the meantime our fiberglass is made at cost by a Wilmington boat builder.

You may want to consider injection molding the molds from polypropylene. Based on what I have seen of the project, you could probably make the molds for $10 per set or less. For comparison, think of plastic 5 gallon buckets. If you would like some help, please feel free to contact me. Regards, Dwayne Esterline

out of curiosity, would two flat pieces of concrete (two slabs) slanted at an angle and moving back and forth, work?

dschutt (author)2007-04-05

Hi, do you have plans available for this machine yet? I'd like to build some for here in the Negev and to pay to have some built for friends in Uganda. Great idea! Thanks for doing the work! Have Fun, dschutt

dschutt (author)dschutt2007-04-05

I wrote the above on pic #48 page. What I'm asking for is: how do I buy a set of molds and pedal powered sheller/seperater plans? Thanks! dschutt

ewilhelm (author)2006-05-24

How about using cardboard forms? Many concrete posts are poured into cardboard tubes. After the concrete hardens, the cardboard is cut away. I can imagine a flat sheet of appropriately thick cardboard with cutting lines (or already laser scribed cutting lines) that field workers could assembly into molds. Once assembled, the molds could be strengthened by wrapping them in rope or evening putting them in a hole in the ground and filling the space around them with dirt.

Robert Lang has been using the Squid Labs laser cutter to score paper, which he folds into some pretty amazing shapes. The laser cutter allows him to do beautiful curved folds that are nearly impossible by hand. The newer stuff isn't on his website yet, but he can fold a Klein bottle, so I'm sure he could fold your molds!

canida (author)ewilhelm2007-02-13

Check out the New Yorker article on Lang!

They talk about using the laser cutter scoring technique; Forum post here.

radiorental (author)ewilhelm2006-05-24

excellent idea, and would make it easy to flatpack and mail to anywhere in the world. Here's a cross section of my suggestion

radiorental (author)radiorental2006-05-24

peanut fed in through the top, right hand piece move from side to side

Belize Boy (author)2007-01-06

This entire project could be financed if the sheller will really work on pecans, everyone in texas would buy one,a small non commercial sheller for pecans does not exist, a commercial version costs $5,000 so.... feed back please...I could sell 50 in one day I am sure ....

Hi Belize Boy, We have considered selling the shellers on eBay for this exact purpose in the past.Are you located in Texas? Do you think you could create a market for us? Roey

Belize Boy (author)2007-01-06

Spray diesel fuel on the molds before you put concrete in them,cement will not stick to a surface that has been coated in this manner.

_soapy_ (author)2006-05-22

What happens when the market collapses because peanuts are suddenly a tenth of the price?

Octothorn (author)_soapy_2007-01-01

Then at least those people who grow peanuts to eat will still be fed, as will all the people who couldn't afford peanuts at the original price.

In Uganda, peanuts despite being a good source of protein, oils and essential vitamins and minerals, especially for people with HIV/AIDs where it is food that is recommended to prevent wasting, are very expensive about $0.60 a kg. The average Ugandan makes $280 a year or about $0.70 cents a day. If the price of peanuts went down it would only mean more affordable food.

Well in the Phillippines there is a peanut trade deficit, they import 90% of them from China, even though they could easily be grown in the Philippines because of the shelling issue they are cheaper to ship. In most countries peanuts are used in subsistence agriculture or intercropped with a cash crop like cotton, that would otherwise destroy the soil. The problem has been that people don't want to grow peanuts because it requires too much labor to shell them by hand. This solves this problem.

Hello Roey, Can you point me to the contact person if any in the Philippines. I would like to get the mold for this peanut sheller. I am now working with the Cebu City school board and I think this would be an excellent idea to promote more peanut farming to help our malnourished students in thier diet. I am sure I can get our mayor to support this project. Thanks.

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