We’ve been covering a company called 3Dponics since their launch. A 3D printable hydroponics system which enables users to customize their plant-growing experience may have seemed like a stretch at first, but the company has really begun to garner a lot of attention as of late.
Whether it’s their new education initiative that they are currently working on, to bring their system into schools, or their drive to create self-sustainability for anyone, anywhere on Earth, the system has been gaining quite a bit of attention as of late.
Today, 3Dponics has announced a deal with MakerBot which should give them yet another nudge in the right direction. If you recall, back in early December, Makerbot announced a new portal featuring eight initial MakerBot-Ready applications. These applications ranged from cookie cutter design tools to tools allowing for the creation and 3D printing of one’s own smartphone cases.
The 3Dponics Customizer application has just been added to this portal, allowing users to design and then 3D print their own custom gardens. The app will allow users to change the shapes, sizes, and orientation of the original 3Dponics parts which they may already be familiar with.
“Now that the 3Dponics Customizer is a MakerBot-Ready App, we expect more people will build 3Dponics, since getting started will be easier and faster,” said Michael Golubev, Founder and CEO of 3Dponics Inc. “Not only that, but it will be more fun and educational. We expect this app will encourage MakerBot users to take on more meaningful 3D-printing projects, to get creative with their designs and to build the most efficient 3Dponics system yet.”
For those of you not familiar with the 3Dponics printable hydroponics system, this application will allow you to quickly familiarize yourself with the concept. The app, which is compatible with almost any mobile or stationary device, including those using iOS, OS X, Windows, Windows Phone, and Android, requires absolutely no plugins, and utilizes an extremely intuitive interface. Users can easily design their own custom hydroponics systems, send the files to their MakerBot Fifth Generation 3D printers upon saving them, connect their printer to a WiFi hotspot and select the parts they want printed within the app. The end result will be an energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing hydroponics system which will allow you to grow your plants and vegetables almost anywhere in your home.
As MakerBot continues to partner with app developers, they are creating yet another aspect of their ecosystem which they hope will keep customers coming back again and again. It will be interesting to see what other MakerBot-Ready Apps will be announced throughout the coming weeks and months ahead. By creating new exciting applications for 3D printing, MakerBot is playing an integral part in the continued expansion within the consumer segment of the industry.
Have you downloaded the 3Dponics application yet? What are your initial thoughts? Let us know in the 3Dponics MakerBot-Ready App forum thread on 3DPB.cm