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!