FARMBOT GENESIS

HUMANITY’S FIRST OPEN-SOURCE CNC FARMING MACHINE

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Meet FarmBot

Rigid and lightweight, FarmBot Genesis is constructed from durable aluminum extrusions and 5mm thick connecting plates. Coupled with powerful NEMA 17 stepper motors and rotary encoders, the system can precisely position tools in the XYZ space with millimeter accuracy.

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Farm from Anywhere

Control and configure FarmBot with any device

Drag & Drop Farming

Graphically design your farm by dragging and dropping plants into the map. The game-like interface is learned in just a few minutes so you’ll be growing in no time. Plants are automatically spaced and growing regimens can be applied upon planting.

Growing Regimens

Build complete regimens for taking care of a plant throughout its lifetime by scheduling sequences to run when a plant is a certain age. Regimens can be reused, saving you time and effort during replanting.

Sequence Building

Quickly and easily create custom sequences of operations to take full advantage of your hardware – no programming is required. Simply drag and drop basic operations and other sequences together, adjust the parameters to your liking, and save.

Real-Time Control

Move FarmBot and operate its tools in real-time with the manual controls. Scare birds away from work or next time friends are over, pull out your phone for a quick and impressive demo.

100% Open-Source

FarmBot is yours, through and through

Design Files

We’ve published all of the CAD and manufacturing files used to make FarmBot so you can make and modify your own parts.

Software Source Code

Help us build new features, fork the code for your own custom mods, or host the web app locally for true off-gird independence.

Fully Documented

Know FarmBot inside and out with our step-by-step assembly instructions, bill of materials, and tech specs of every part.

DIY Friendly Hardware

FarmBot parts are easy to source, make, and modify yourself

Familiar Electronics

FarmBot is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3, Arduino Mega 2560, and RAMPS 1.4 shield.

3D Printable

All of FarmBot’s plastic components are designed to be 3D printed with hobby level FDM printers.

Flat Plates

FarmBot’s flat connecting plates can be made with a waterjet, plasma, or laser cutter; CNC mill; or even a hacksaw and drill press.

Scalable

FarmBot can scale larger in any direction with additional hardware, or smaller for tighter growing spaces.

Interchangeable Tooling

These ones come standard. What will you create?

The Tool Mount

Featuring 12 electrical connections, three liquid/gas lines, and magnetic coupling.

Seed Injection

Powered by a 1/4 hp vacuum pump, the seeder sows with millimeter accuracy.

Watering

Precision water your plants with the gentle shower of this nozzle.

Weed Suppression

This tool physically disrupts and destroys the fragile root systems of infant weeds.

Powered by Community

Help build the open food future with us

Ready for Expansion

Modify and augment FarmBot for your unique growing style and needs

Know the Weather

Gather and use real-time weather data to allow FarmBot to farm smarter.

Go Solar

Power FarmBot with renewable energy from a small off-grid solar panel.

Use Rainwater

Install a rain barrel to store and use rainwater with FarmBot.

#FarmBot

The future of food belongs to everyone. Spread the word.

Infinite Possibilities

How will you use FarmBot?

For Research

Use FarmBot in the lab for precise growing experiments. A/B testing with hundreds of variations has never been easier.

For Food Sovereignty

Use FarmBot on a raised bed, urban rooftop, or in a greenhouse to grow your food exactly the way you want it be grown.

Commercially

Use FarmBot for your small commercial farming business to save labor cost and improve efficiency.

Tech Specs

Everything else you need to know

General

  • Machine length: 1.5 to 3m
  • Machine width: 0.5 to 1.5m
  • Machine height: 0.5 to 1.5m
  • Max growing area: 2.9m x 1.4m
  • Max plant height: 0.5m
  • All components are rainproof and made of corrosion resistant materials
  • Tool bay slots: 5
  • FarmBot tools included: Seed Injector and Watering Nozzle
  • Seed bins included: 3
  • Assembly tools included:
    • 3mm hex (allen) driver
    • 2mm hex (allen) driver
    • 8mm crescent wrench
    • 10mm crescent wrench

What’s in the box

  • Black anodized 6063-T5 aluminum extrusions for the tracks, gantry, and z-axis
  • Waterjet cut tumble polished 5mm thick 6061 aluminum plates
  • Polycarbonate V-wheels with stainless steel rubber sealed ball bearings
  • High resolution 3D printed gray plastic waterproof motor housings, support brackets, and seed bins
  • Stainless steel hardware (screws, tee nuts, washers, spacers, springs, and setscrews)
  • Three NEMA 17 stepper motors with 200 line incremental rotary encoders and wiring harnesses
  • GT2 timing belts and aluminum pulleys, 5mm stainless steel driveshaft and lock collars
  • Durable plastic cable carriers
  • 8mm diameter high tolerance stainless steel leadsrew and delrin block
  • 12V, 30A power supply with 110 and 220V AC input
  • Raspberry Pi 3 computer
    • 1.2 GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
    • 1 GB RAM
    • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
    • Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy
  • Arduino Mega 2560 Microcontroller
    • RAMPS 1.4 shield
    • Three pololu stepper drivers with heatsinks
  • Two clear/gray electronics enclosures
  • Universal tool mount and cover
    • High resolution 3D printed gray plastic
    • Stainless steel hardware
    • Three neodymium ring magnets with 7.59 pounds of pull force each
    • Rubber o-rings and seals
    • 12-wire cable
  • Seed injector tool
    • High resolution 3D printed gray plastic injector
    • Stainless steel hardware
    • Three neodymium ring magnets with 7.59 pounds of pull force each
    • 1/4 hp vacuum pump and tubing
  • Watering nozzle tool
    • High resolution 3D printed gray plastic nozzle
    • Stainless steel hardware
    • Three neodymium ring magnets with 7.59 pounds of pull force each
    • Defualt closed solenoid valve
  • A variety of organic seeds to get you started
  • See the docs for a complete bill of materials, tech specs, and CAD downloads

What you need to provide

  • Planter Bed – FarmBot Genesis is designed to attach to a raised bed or similar infrastructure. Materials for this are not included because every installation will be different and it would be very expensive to ship lumber. Check out our docs for help building a raised bed.
  • Electricity – The power supply needs to be plugged into a 110V AC or 220V AC GFCI outlet. FarmBot ships with a 1 meter power cord with a standard US 3-prong plug for 110V AC power. If you live in another country or need more cord length, you will need to provide a different plug and/or an extension cord. Alternatively you can power FarmBot with DC solar power.
  • Water – The solenoid valve that controls FarmBot’s watering has a 3/4″ female Garden Hose Thread (GHT) connection, meaning you can take a standard US garden hose and screw it into a spigot and your FarmBot. You will need to provide a hose of the appropriate length. Alternatively you can use FarmBot with collected rain water.
  • Internet – FarmBot can only be programmed and controlled using the web application, meaning an active internet connection is required to send and receive data. The Raspberry Pi has built-in WiFi, though you may need to reposition your WiFi router, install a WiFi repeater, or use an ethernet cable to ensure a reliable connection. If you would like to use FarmBot exclusively on your local network you will need to install a local setup of the FarmBot web app.

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Thank You

Our small team of three has worked hard to build something new, exciting, and powerful. We can’t wait to see what you do with FarmBot. Cheers, to the open food future!

– Rory, Rick, and Tim


About Our Company

FarmBot Inc. is a California Benefit Corporation. Coded into our bylaws are these specific benefit purposes.

Openly share our products

Our company is founded on the belief that a more open food system is a better one. The following aspects of our products will be openly shared at the time the product is publicly released:

  1. Hardware designs shall be released in accordance with the Open Source Hardware Association’s definition of open source hardware.
  2. Software source code shall be released under a permissive license approved by the Open Source Initiative.
  3. Documentation shall be released under a license conforming to the definition of “open” put forth by the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Openly share our business

We believe that business is a powerful agent for change, and like our products, it can be more powerful when its details are openly shared for inspection, modification, and replication by others. The following aspects of our business will be shared for the benefit of our company, our customers, aspiring entrepreneurs, and the FarmBot community at large.

  1. Detailed sales and financial information including but not limited to revenues, expenditures, profits, salaries, investments, and taxes.
  2. Cultural, operational, and strategic insights that we determine important to our growth and success.
  3. We will default to transparency in all aspects of our business except when there are individual or partnership privacy concerns.

1% for the community

Each year, we shall contribute one percent (1%) of our annual net revenue towards furthering The FarmBot Project’s mission to “Grow a community that produces free and open-source hardware plans, software, data, and documentation enabling everyone to build and operate a farming machine.” Contributions shall consist of cash, products, and services that directly help to maintain and grow the community.

Be good people

We strive to do the right thing in every situation: for each other, our customers, the environment, and all of our stakeholders. We make ethics, integrity, transparency, and community the cornerstones of our business.


Want to work with us?

Send your resume to careers@farmbot.io

Interested in investment opportunities?

Let us know at investment@farmbot.io

Our Early Supporters

We would not be where we are today without these organizations and individuals. Thank you.

 

The Shuttleworth Foundation funds dynamic leaders who are at the forefront of social change. They identify amazing people, give them a fellowship grant, and multiply the money they put into their projects by a factor of ten or more. The Shuttleworth Foundation awarded FarmBot's inventor, Rory Aronson, a Fellowship grant allowing him to work full-time on the project for one year starting from March of 2014.

OpenBuilds designs and manufactures the open-source V-Slot and OpenRail linear guide systems and supporting components. They generously donated to the FarmBot Project under their FairShare Program. Show your support for them by visiting their store and browsing their quality components.

Willowfield Enterprises is a food company based in Vancouver, Canada developing world leading Ocean Wise approved aquaculture, sustainable wild fisheries, and other unique foods. It's focus is to be a leader in the development and production of sustainable seafood. You may follow them @wfvcr.

3Design Products is the authorized Western Canadian dealer for Z Corp and 3D Systems line of 3D printing/prototyping products. They are located in Vancouver, Canada and can be followed @3DesignProducts.

Michael Aronson for ideas, parts, support, and tools; Gloria Aronson for support and tools; Kendra Aronson for support; Gabriel Burnworth for technical assistance, 3D printing, support, and ideas; the UPS, FedEx, USPS, and OnTrac folks; the community and resources of SLO MakerSpace; everyone at 880 Upham; Fox.build for space to hack; and Nina Carlino for support.