Date

6-2017

Degree Name

BS in Industrial Engineering

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

James Widmann

Abstract

FarmBot Inc. is a local startup that is advancing precision agriculture through automation and open source technology. The original FarmBot model, FarmBot Genesis, operates over a rectangular area of 3 x 1.5 meters. It plants, waters, weeds and grows produce autonomously using CNC technology. Our project sponsor and inventor of FarmBot, Rory Aronson, tasked our team with developing and testing a polar coordinate farmbot capable of performing on par with the Cartesian farmbot in growing a circular vegetable garden in a user’s backyard. A successful project was defined by meeting specific customer requirements and engineering specifications predetermined and discussed with our sponsor. The customer requirements include: a central pivot, accurate planting, scalable farming area, off the shelf parts, and easy customization by the user. Some of the most important polar farmbot engineering specifications include a minimum farmable area of 4.5 m2 , maximum cost of $2200, rotational range of at least 360 degrees, and an average velocity of .5 meters per second.

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