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  • 3D Printed Modular Hydroponic Garden

    Do you mean the segmented lid? Here's a link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3093004

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  • 3D Printed Modular Hydroponic Garden

    You're welcome! Since publishing this Instructable, I've added LED holders that fit on top of the tower (for indoor growing) to Thingiverse. Marc from Malay Haven't supplemented this Instructable yet to include LED light instruction.

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  • 3D Printed Modular Hydroponic Garden

    The netcups are not 3d printed but they can be. I just bought them in bulk to save on printing time. Thingiverse has several 2-inch net cups that can be printed.

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  • 3D Printed Modular Hydroponic Garden

    Thanks! Yes, the idea with the line being on the outside is that it is easier to expand i.e. pull the line out and just place another module on top and then put the line back in. If the line were on the inside it would probably not be as easy.

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  • 3D Printed Modular Hydroponic Garden

    See https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/027869159400145EI personally wouldn't make utensils out of it. Most of the plants grown using the modular hydroponic system hang in mid-air and don't really touch anything during their entire growth cycle. Also, see this article finding that lactic acid promotes plant growth. See https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00027441 Might be a positive unintended consequence from using PLA if there is in fact any leaching of lactic acid.

    nsekkins,I donwscaled the system to fit on a counter. It’s probably comparable to click and grow and the aerogarden. The entire thing can probably be printed in a day. I had trouble with the netpot model because when I scaled it down the walls were so thin the slicer wouldn’t recognize it. I hired a designer to fix it and now it looks like I have a good model. Uploading the ASAP. The fit is not as good but that’s the great thing about 3d printing. The cost of iteration is minimal. This new model would probably fit on your printer and be perfect to dip your toe in hydroponics. No pun intended. I’m an attorney by day and new dad so sometimes I don’t update/upload/respond as fast as I should if I did this full time. But this project really makes me happy and gives me a lot of meaning and so…

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    nsekkins,I donwscaled the system to fit on a counter. It’s probably comparable to click and grow and the aerogarden. The entire thing can probably be printed in a day. I had trouble with the netpot model because when I scaled it down the walls were so thin the slicer wouldn’t recognize it. I hired a designer to fix it and now it looks like I have a good model. Uploading the ASAP. The fit is not as good but that’s the great thing about 3d printing. The cost of iteration is minimal. This new model would probably fit on your printer and be perfect to dip your toe in hydroponics. No pun intended. I’m an attorney by day and new dad so sometimes I don’t update/upload/respond as fast as I should if I did this full time. But this project really makes me happy and gives me a lot of meaning and so I’m going to stick with and make it better and better as long as I’m around. Not sure how often you’ll have to replenish the reservoir since it’s so much smaller. Would probably be perfect for cocktail herbs such as mint, basil, etc. That’s what I’m planning on using it for. Stay tuned.

    Gracias! Vivo en la Florida pero soy de Puerto Rico. Sueno de jardines hydropnicos en los techos de las casas. En Puerto Rico, todos los techos son plano por los vientos de huracanes y reciben un monton de sol. Perfecto para este sistema. Probablemente igual en Colombia. Te recomiendo el Creality CR-10. Es medio barato y hace unos prints super buenos. Dejame saber si tienes cualquier pregunta! Thanks! I live in Florida, but I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I dream of hydroponic gardens on roof tops. In Puerto Rico, all rooves are flat because of hurricane winds and receive tons of sun. Perfect for this system. It's probably the same in Colombia. I recommend the Creality CR-10. It's relatively cheap and makes super good prints. Let me know if you have any questions!

    Thanks! Glad people like it!

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  • 3D Printed Modular Hydroponic Garden

    It depends. You could potentially make more holes and have more plants in a single piece of PVC pipe that you can purchase for less money, but I first tried to do this with PVC pipe and it was a pain in the *ss! It kinked, it stunk, it’s not uniform, it leaked, it was heavy, it couldn’t be dismantled and transported or cleaned easil, etc. The cost of a single module is about $2-$3 (and falling) in raw PLA. Moreover, since this is a uniform and modular system, the possibility of “crowdsourcing” a farm easily exists. Prints can be mailed into a single location from anywhere in a country rather cheaply or students at a school can 3dprint a module(s), bring them into their school, and assemble a hydroponic farm the next day.

    Thanks you. Will fix. All parts can be found on Thingiverse.

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