This 501(c)(3) non-profit was formed to build and distribute open-source machines that recycle waste plastic into new products using 3D printing; robots that grow and prepare food while composting scraps; and to distribute the education for how to use those resources. By distributing both the machines that produce physical and food products from waste– and the education for how to use those machines–we hope to accelerate the advent of the circular economy.
Robotic Garden for the Community with CASA
We are working on building a robotic garden at Casa of Madison County at the Botanical Gardens in Huntsville, Alabama. The goal of this project is to create a fully automated plot for serving food to insecure communities by installing and operating a ROBOTIC FARM on the premise.
We are currently raising funds using SeedMoney to get the materials needed and help in fulfilling our project goal. All food grown by the automated raised bed will be donated to Huntsville’s aging and homebound households who are clients of CASA, many of whom are families of minorities. This fundraiser is only going until Dec 15th, so any help in donations or spreading awareness is appreciated!
We are thrilled that our parent Non-profit Mycelium.NGO has been getting a lot of attention for their proposed robotic garden for CASA of Madison County. This weekend WHNT News 19 visited with them and covered the story.
We have also been featured on a robotics centric media blog, Ten15AM.
Thanks so much to all of our supporters for helping us get off to such a strong start! You’ve inspired us to think even bigger about what we can accomplish next year. We’re setting a new “stretch goal” of $3,500 and are asking for your help in reaching it before December 15th. If we can manage to reach this new goal together, we will be able to take our FarmBot off the grid with solar panel, a battery, and high-quality soil with additional funds.
We have reached the end of the fundraising campaign and are now working on the next steps to progress into making this project into a reality. Thank you from the bottom of our heart to everyone that contributed.
In Progress Projects
We currently host free classes and events to teach the public how to utilize 3D Printing and recycling to make their own products. Eventually, we hope to establish multiple SPORE chapters across the country.
The Internet of Food:
This project is the result of years of research on what the economy of food would look like in a perfect circular economy. This is a well developed concept of networked robotic food systems that produce healthy, hyper-local food, generate an income for their owners, and regenerate landscapes.
3D Printing Carts – Bringing 3D Printing to Libraries:
We build carts with everything needed to start a 3D printing space on one mobile cart; including a computer for slicing and 3D modeling, and a 3D Printer.
Our first 3D printing cart was sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. (TMMAL) and was donated to the Cavalry Hill Public Library. With each cart donated to Public Libraries, we expect it to potentially bring 3D Printing access to an average of over 2,500 children and families per year.
Plastic Recycling Hub – Bringing Plastic Recycling to Local Universities:
As part of our pursuit of accelerating a circular lifecycle in plastic production and consumption, we’ve built and donated a small recycling hub to a local engineering university.
The equipment includes a plastic shredder, a Filastruder (melts and extrudes shredded plastic into 3D Printing Filament), and a Filawinder (Automatically winds the plastic). Now students can learn how to recycle plastic waste into new 3D printing filament!
“Smart” recycling cans:
We’re currently building an open-source waste bin that automatically identifies and sorts trash from recyclables, and even food scraps. Machine learning and AI will be critical in helping to identify and sort plastic. Therefore, we’re currently working on gathering the many images of trash to train a machine learning algorithm. We will make this database of trash images open.
Eventually, we hope to reward people for deposits with “credits” to use at public 3D printing kiosks (described below) and be able to identify and sort deposited plastic.