Just download, print, and grow!
My goal is to educate and empower the world to grow their own food ... one 3d print at a time! With this modular hydroponic system, you can do just that. The modules are interlocking, so it can be expanded and contracted in size super easily. I'm using the system myself and you can view my progress on Instagram @archipelagourbanfarms. Please like, follow, and spread the word. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Impact: Capacity to make a positive impact. How does it make an impact?
The system allows anyone with access to a 3d printer to start growing their own food super easily and at a relatively low price. The user can then either consume the food or sell the food at market. It’s specifically useful for arid regions where water comes at a premium or areas where individuals do not have access to arable land but my have access to a flat sunny space such as a rooftop. Furthermore, the modules can be easily shipped. Allowing the public to mail in modules and crowdsource a farm.
Feasibility: Can this idea be achieved and implemented successfully?
I have done it myself and seen others successfully print the system and start growing their own food.
Communication: Is the idea clearly presented and understood well. Does it include sketches, renders, and/or photos?
Photos. Lots of photos. Working on an instructable. Lots of resources available on the internet about hydroponics.
Research: Why is this initiative needed and what had to go into designing?
Why is this initiative needed?
To quote Jaques Fresco: “Today we have access to highly advanced technologies. But our social and economic system has not kept up with our technological capabilities that could easily create a world of abundance, free of servitude and debt. “
What had to go into designing?
Time and iterations. I started with DIY hydroponic towers made out of PVC. Then I made 3d printed pockets that attached to the DIY hydroponic towers. Then I made the interlocking modules. Each time making it better and easier to use. I used Tinkercad and received help from a designer I hired on fiverr.
Tip: Take in account home consumer 3D printing constraints such as build plate size.
I designed the system to fit on my Anet A8 a relatively cheap and common printer which has a build volume 220 mm x 220mm x 240mm
Starter Kit Materials
This is for the small white tabletop system displayed in the images. Note: The higher you go the stronger the pump must be.
Print: modulelid, newreservoir, module (x 3), and vaslid.
IKEA MUSKOT Vase (make sure you select the 7 1/2" from the drop-down menu)
2-inch net cups
Digital PH Reader