Mar 16, 2016 | By Tess
In 2013, friends Ryan Sansbury and Jeremy Bastian launched a Kickstarter campaign to get their sustainable farming project, Logro Farms, off the ground. Now, after three years of success farming and selling hydroponic herbs, gourmet mushrooms, microgreens, and home growing kits, the company has branched out to a new field and has begun to incorporate 3D printing into their production. Just yesterday, Logro Farms launched a new Kickstarter campaign to help fund their most recent venture: a line of custom 3D printed planters called 3D Growers.
The 3D printed planters designed by the team at Logro for the Kickstarter campaign include a wide variety of styles, such as kitchen counter planters (ideal for cooking herbs), hanging planters, wall-hanging planters, jumbo planters, wearable planters (talk about organic fashion!), game-set planters, and more. There is even the option of choosing to design a custom planter, which could make an ideal gift for the gardening enthusiast in your life.
“The idea for 3D Growers actually came out of feedback from our customers. They loved our grow-at-home style products, but they were eager for more personalization and a wider selection of plants,” said Logro Farms owner Ryan Sansbury. “So, we listened and created 3D Growers by combining the latest developments in 3D printing, home gardening, and creative design into a unique new product line.”
With Logro’s 3D Growers, customers will be able to choose from the aforementioned selection of planters, and customize the designs by choosing the size of the planter (ranging from 1 to 20 inches), its color, and its material. In line with the company’s sustainable ethos, customers will be able to choose from not only standard 3D printing plastics and nylons, but will have the choice of making their planters out of recycled filaments made from brewers grains and coffee grounds. To get your planter starter, you’ll also be able to choose from a selection of Logro’s Grow Packs, which include soil and seeds for various herbs, mushrooms, and microgreens.
So far, Logro Farms has additively manufactured its planter prototypes on a standard desktop 3D printer, but to put their 3D Growers into production and to expand their line of custom 3D printed planters they are hoping to invest in a large-scale commercial 3D printer. The funding from their Kickstarter campaign, which has a goal of $12,000, will help them to do this.
In terms of rewards for the 3D Growers’ Kickstarter Campaign, there are lots to choose from. Starting from a pledge of $25 you can receive one of a selection of wearable planters, which include rings, earrings, necklaces, watches, and lapel pins. For only slightly more you can choose from their selection of large planters, or a set of three 3D printed planters. If you make it in time, the campaign is also offering a $75 pledge early bird special for their 100% custom 3D printed planter, normally $95, which also comes with a Grow Pack of your choice. For a pledge of $245, the company has featured a 3D Grower Education Pack, which comes with 24 small 3D printed planters, ideal for teaching children how to grow and take care of a plant.
Logro Farms’ 3D Growers Kickstarter campaign is still in its very early stages, so it is hard to tell whether their campaign will be a success. If you want to support their effort, and want a 3D printed planter of your own, be sure to check out their page before April 23, 2016. If their campaign is a success, the company plans on having their rewards 3D printed and shipped out by July 2016.
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Leigh wrote at 3/18/2016 11:05:13 PM:
Way to think outside the "box". Interesting expansion of your venture.