This is an idea I have been working on for a while. It began as a vertical Gardening experiment so I could learn about hydroponics and now I just want to get it made and start growing. I wanted to make a Hydroponic Tower that uses waterfall effect to disperse water to plants held in the sides of the tower. I wanted to use as much recycled components as I could and try build the support structure from 3D printed parts. Unfortunately I do not own a 3D Printer at the moment but I decided to design the parts I would need anyway. Feel free to download the files or modify them in tinkercad.
Step 1: Tower Feet
The support structure is made from interconnecting poles that slide into each other. The feet are small rounded supports for uneven surfaces.
Step 2: Support Poles
The poles come in two types so far. The first level pole has a support for additional connecting parts to rest on and raise the height of connectors.
Step 3: First connector
the first connector sits around the pole and rests on the expanded support near the top of the pole.
Step 4: Connector Strip
the connector strip bridges the connector on the outer poles with the central support hub. The strip has a wedge shaped slide connection for the pole connector and two L shaped clip in connections to attach to the hub securely.
Step 5: Central Support Hub
the central support hub connects the tripod together while also providing a resting point for the water cooler bottle.
Step 6: Second Level Poles and Bottle Support Connector
the second level poles only differ from the first level poles in the position of the connector rest. Other than that they are identical to the rest of the leg poles. The Bottle Support connector slides onto the pole and rests on the expanded edge. The pronged braces support the water cooler bottle and prevent tipping.