I’m new here but I’m considering getting a FarmBot Genesis but find it to be a little bit outside of my budget at the moment. To figure out how to save costs I sat down and did some calculations based on the Bill of Materials (BOM) about how much one could save by 3D printing as many parts as possible.
To do this I put the BOM into a spreadsheet, briefly glanced at each part, and evaluated whether it would be possible or practical to 3D print the part or not. I then labeled each part with a Yes, No, or Maybe and did =SUMIFS() functions to estimate the likely min/max range for how much one could save by doing this.
The results are:
- You can save between $1800 to $2300 by doing a DIY build of the Genesis XL.
- You can save between $600 and $1100 by doing a DIY build of the Genesis.
- This assumes that you will be ordering non-printable parts directly from the FarmBot company, and that you will be paying the price listed in their BOM.
- This does not include shipping costs for ordered parts.
- This does not include the costs of filament or 3D printers – it assumes you already have both.
Anyways, wanted to share this in case someone else is trying to decide whether to do a DIY build or not. I tried to attach an .xlsx copy of the spreadsheet I used to do the calculations, but I am not allowed to upload files yet because my account is too new. However, if you would like to take a look at the spreadsheet to double check it or tweak it feel free to reach out and I can send you a copy. Cheers!