GroBot: An Open-Source Model for Controlled Environment Agriculture

  • Feshback E
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Abstract

The growing demand for food challenges our current farming methods, motivating the search for new paradigms for agricultural production. In this work, the GroBot is presented as an open-source model for the fourth agricultural revolution. This indoor cultivation system was fabricated to provide a replicable supply of produce, using modular parts that are easily to machine, assemble, and manufacture. Off-the shelf, low cost components and publically available designs ensure accessibility for the average person, enabling peer- produced knowledge and community participation. Networked data and software will further support the GroBot system, building off past maker movements like the RepRap 3D printer and Linux operating system. The initial prototypes were optimized, evaluating the materials, structures, manufacturing, and assembly processes. A hardware assembly manual and parts list were created with the goal of mobilizing growers, farmers, and hackers to participate in iterative development and information sharing. Through its technological, biological, and social platform, the GroBot forms the foundation for the future of food at both the consumer and industrial scale

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  • Emma Feshback

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