Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
The purpose of this project was to develop the hardware for the current Farmbot to perform its primary functions, and to create a template for a system that would be adaptable for future users and developers. The scope of the project included creating a universal tool mount, a seeding system, and a watering and nutrient mixing system. This project was brought to the students by sponsor Rory Aronson, the creator of Farmbot. The Cal Poly Farmbot team was able to go through an extensive brainstorming and iterative process for each part, where testing was able to be incorporated immediately due to easy access to rapid prototyping from Rory. Each test helped develop the three subsystems further, until properly functional parts were incorporated onto the Farmbot. All the created parts were designed for 3D printability. While this project was a small part of the whole Farmbot, it helped pave the way for future development of each subsystem.