FarmBot’s tracks need to be attached to supporting infrastructure such as a typical raised garden bed. Where you decide to install your FarmBot will determine how you setup your tracks and therefore what type of supporting infrastructure you need.
If you recently ordered a FarmBot kit, you may want to begin building your supporting infrastructure while your FarmBot is in the mail. This way you’ll be prepared for a faster assembly time when your package arrives.
In the next sections we offer reference designs for building four types of supporting infrastructure: a fixed raised bed, a mobile raised bed, wood posts, and pier block supports. However, not every type of infrastructure is suitable for all of our kits. Refer to the table below to see our recommendations.
|Fixed Raised Bed
|Mobile Raised Bed
|Pier Block Supports
We recommend building your supporting infrastructure as large as possible to get the most value out of your FarmBot. See the economies of scale section for more information on maximizing FarmBot value.
If you are going to modify on of our reference designs, or build supporting infrastructure of your own design, use the dimension guidelines below to ensure compatibility with your FarmBot.
|Outer Infrastructure Width
|Outer Infrastructure Length
|1.36m (53.5”) max
|3m (118”) recommended
|2.86m (112.5”) max
|6m (236”) recommended
Do not exceed the max width
While you can adjust a FarmBot to accommodate smaller width infrastructure, you cannot adjust it for infrastructure larger than the maximum width listed.
Longer length infrastructure is OK
While FarmBot Genesis and Genesis XL kits only include enough track extrusions and other hardware to allow for gantry travel up to 3m and 6m respectively, creating infrastructure with a longer length will not prevent the system from being installed.
- Fixed Raised Bed
Step-by-step instructions for building a fixed raised bed for FarmBot Genesis or Genesis XL
- Mobile Raised Bed
Step-by-step instructions for building a mobile raised bed for FarmBot Genesis
- Wood Posts
Step-by-step instructions for setting up wood posts for FarmBot Genesis or Genesis XL
- Pier Block Supports
Step-by-step instructions for setting up pier block supports for FarmBot Genesis or Genesis XL