3D printing on the farm
publication date: Feb 1, 2019
By passion and necessity, farmers are natural innovators. The consolidation in agriculture has led to manufacturers focusing on larger scale tools and equipment, leaving smaller and mid-scale farmers to tinker and “farm hack” old tools to make things work for new systems. Sometimes these projects come together perfectly; as we use welders, carpentry, and possibly too much duct tape (or used greenhouse plastic, used drip tape, etc.) to create the odd looking but highly functional tool.
Other times we are left with this mentality of “if only” as we long for more specific design tools to build exactly what we need. 3D printing presents the opportunity to do that. In addition to making tools themselves, 3D printing software can be used to design and construct prototypes to be sent off for fabrication in another more appropriate material.
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