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Operations - - Business model and operations are open source.

Open Source gantry-style precision agricultural system for poly-crop application. Pioneered by Rory Aronson.

Could be modified for lower cost by using the D3D Universal Axis.

MJ Review: Positive: outstanding example of documentation, I would rate this #1 in the world for tech and enterprise level. Critique: centralized production model, but content can be used to develop a Distributive Enterprise based on distributed production.


  • update 4/20 - max area is 40 sq m - 2.4x18 m - [1] for $3300 - that's a great deal. Not including raised bed. Brief calculation for steel gantry - 1/4"x3" steel is $2/ft.

Retrieved 7/16

  • Machine length: Adjustable from 1.5 to 3m
  • Machine width: Adjustable from 0.5 to 1.5m
  • Machine height: Adjustable from 0.5 to 1.5m
  • M*ax growing area: Approximately 2.9m x 1.4m
  • Max* plant height: approx. 0.5m

Currently the price is $3100. I think that I could probably build my own CNC for about $1500, but that wouldn't include the heads and it'd be a process. I plan to slowly build one over many months after finishing my next computer build.

BOM Cost

There you go - the list of materials along with sources and prices, by section.

It comes out to about $2021, but I don't think that list has the heads (weeder, planter, waterer).

The heads are all 3D printable. It has the costs, but I'm not sure that's actual cost of the plastic, or if it just accounts for their time / time on their 3d printers:

Waterjet Cutting

See how they outsource it - [2]

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