In July of 2016 we launched our first product to the world: FarmBot Genesis. We didn’t know what to expect when we made the kits available for pre-order on our website, but you all made it clear that we were on to something.
In the first month we smashed our crowdfunding goal of $100,000 eight times over and by the end of August we had sold $1M+ worth of FarmBot kits destined to customers all over the world. We went to manufacture 350 v1.2 devices, which we sold out of in January of 2017, and later shipped in March and April.
None of this would have been possible without your early contribution and support, and we sincerely thank you for taking a leap of faith with us.
As a token of gratitude, we would like to offer all of you a $200 coupon code to our online shop that you can use to upgrade your bot or even get another one! The coupon will not expire, however, it is single-use so to get the most out of it your cart subtotal should be close to $200 or more. Please note that the coupon will not apply to shipping charges and international customers are still responsible for any import taxes.
While we don’t have a ton of products in our online shop yet, we do plan to add many more partial kits, upgrade kits, and individual parts over the coming months, so you may want to wait a bit to use the coupon.
The coupon code is farmbot-early-adopter-thank-you and it can be applied at checkout. Heads up: it will only work if you check out with the same email address you used with your original FarmBot pre-order. If you need to use a different email address, please let us know.
Thank you again for joining us on this journey. We look forward to what’s next!
During the month of December we’re accepting pre-orders at a significant discount for the first manufacturing run of FarmBot Genesis XL as well as the latest version of the standard sized FarmBot. Make sure to check out our online shop before the end of the year!
We’ve gone to great lengths to design, manufacture, and source only the highest quality components for all of our FarmBot kits. Take a look at the images below to learn more about our premium hardware.
Our plates and brackets are stamped and machined out of high grade aluminum alloys. Then they are tumble polished to remove burrs, sandblasted to remove surface defects, and anodized to achieve a premium quality aesthetic and feel.
Our custom Farmduino board and four NEMA 17 stepper motors with rotary encoders power FarmBot’s movements, while the Raspberry Pi 3 serves as the web-connected brain.
All fasteners are made of stainless steel, allowing them to stand up to the outdoor environment without rusting or corroding.
FarmBot’s plastic components have been injection molded or machined from a blend of ABS that is both tough and able to withstand UV rays.
Today we made a big transition today to using RabbitMQ – the world’s most popular open-source message broker. It has a ton of features we’re excited to start using, and this is laying the foundation needed for the auto-sync feature that won the community vote a while back. For all FarmBots that are using my.farmbot.io and have FarmBotOS v5.0.5 or later installed, your device has most likely already switched over to the new message broker automatically, and there is no need to make any changes on your end. For devices that have FarmBotOS v5.0.4 or older, you will need to power cycle your FarmBot to have it connect to the new broker (unplug power, wait 10 seconds, plug it back in). Check the connectivity panel on the Device page to see if your FarmBot has successfully connected to the new message broker.
Please note: we will be shutting down the old message broker in about a week.
In other news, the latest two minor releases of FarmBotOS (5.0.5 and 5.0.6) have included other small improvements, including a fix for the double image upload bug. Thanks @Ascend for reporting that issue on GitHub.
In July of 2017, the FarmBot core team and other open-source food groups were invited to the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida to participate in a 2-day event to brainstorm innovative open-source approaches to food production. Watch the video below to see how FarmBot technology and our community of open-source contributors from around the world are helping humanity to one day grow food in deep space, on the Moon, and Mars.
Interested in becoming a part of our community? We have a limited number of v1.3 FarmBot kits remaining, get one before they’re gone! Order here.
Today we published v1.3 of the FarmBot Genesis documentation. This release includes our most comprehensive step-by-step assembly instructions yet, a full bill of materials including tech specs of every part, the complete native CAD model, and more. With our high quality documentation, assembling a FarmBot kit is straightforward and easy.
Additionally, these docs empower makers, students, and world-renowned scientists and engineers all over the globe with the ideas and information needed to help further improve and adapt FarmBot technology for everyone. This is our commitment to open-source in action. We hope you enjoy browsing and using the documentation as much as we do.
Want to get a v1.3 FarmBot?
Over the last week we shipped out almost all of the pre-ordered v1.3 kits. Now we have a limited number of these kits remaining, get one before they’re gone!