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dc.contributor.advisorCaleb Harper.en_US
dc.contributor.authorFeshbach, Emma (Emma Elizabeth)en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-29T18:55:48Z
dc.date.available2015-09-29T18:55:48Z
dc.date.copyright2015en_US
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/98965
dc.descriptionThesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2015.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 50-51).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe growing demand for food challenges our current farming methods, motivating the search for new paradigms for agricultural production. In this work, the GroBot is presented as an open-source model for the fourth agricultural revolution. This indoor cultivation system was fabricated to provide a replicable supply of produce, using modular parts that are easily to machine, assemble, and manufacture. Off-the shelf, low cost components and publically available designs ensure accessibility for the average person, enabling peer-produced knowledge and community participation. Networked data and software will further support the GroBot system, building off past maker movements like the RepRap 3D printer and Linux operating system. The initial prototypes were optimized, evaluating the materials, structures, manufacturing, and assembly processes. A hardware assembly manual and parts list were created with the goal of mobilizing growers, farmers, and hackers to participate in iterative development and information sharing. Through its technological, biological, and social platform, the GroBot forms the foundation for the future of food at both the consumer and industrial scale.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Emma Feshbach.en_US
dc.format.extent51 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleGroBot : an open-source model for controlled environment agricultureen_US
dc.title.alternativeOpen-source model for controlled environment agricultureen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc921147874en_US


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