Imagine having your own semi-automated food cultivation system where you can print replacement parts. Aquaponics can transform indoor spaces into the perfect agricultural oasis where plants grow abundantly. pHutureponics is an aquaponics system with 3D printed materials and automated components that aims to make farming in a city feasible.
Automation and data logging applied to this system will ensure a healthy environment. We are developing a program which allows the user to monitor chemical levels, pH, and temperature over a period of time. This program will give the user warning notices if the levels are out of balance.
We completed a prototype of this system at the SupplyFrame Designlab and presented it at the TEDx Pasadena event in September 2018. DTLA Makerfaire is where we will be showing our pHutureponics system next. Save the date! : December 1st, 2018
We strive for innovation in our designs and are working on new motors for upcoming events. More info up soon!
This is a working Archimedes screw pump.
The full print is 245.27 mm tall.
This pump was developed to transport water from the swirl tank where large particles are filtered to the conditioning tank where the water levels are monitored. Parts for a filter which attaches to the end of this pump will be available soon.
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Our Pumps are finally mounted! We went through many iterations of our design before finally getting it right. Some of our prototypes are shown in the second pictures. Our first prototype we cut out of cardboard, then we cut the second prototype out of wood and our final design is cut out of 9mm thick acrylic plastic.
We made some wooden stands for the grow tray which will hold the plants and the conditioning tank which will hold the sensors that measure pH, electrical conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. Featured in this photo is Merris Beadle operating a circular saw to make the cuts!
We printed a gear reduction unit to connect the peristaltic pump with the worm gear motor. Through testing we realized that our tiny 100 rpm motor did not have enough torque to turn our enlarged peristaltic pump and this is our solution!
This week we have been working to print and test a peristaltic pump design. First, we printed a miniature version which has a 53mm diameter to test the gears. The second version that we printed is about a 93mm diameter and we tested it with a screw driver and some tubing to see if it moves water. Peep the video below to see the result!
Last week we succeeded in printing a working Archimedes screw pump. This week we have begun to create a prototype design which will mount the Archimedes screw pump and worm gear motor to the conditioning tank. We choose to create our first prototypes in cardboard because it was the most time efficient. Later we will sketch these mounts up in a CAD program and laser cut them.