Plate Cutting Files

Just getting into this FarmBot and want to start it with my kids at school, however looking online I can’t find the Plate cutting files anywhere and the Farm Bot Plates Box, won’t ship to Australia.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?


Go here:

Read this:
“Copying and modifying parts”

Hi Cha!
Did you have any luck?

If the FarmBot team read this can you please answer a question for me?
Have you tried to build any plates via 3D prints?


Hey Adam, not a FB employee but I have thought about doing this, I don’t see why it’s not possible. I would recommend ABS over PLA for obvious strength reasons and so you dont need to modify the CAD files and surrounding components to allow for building a thicker plate. Obviously plastic won’t be as strong as aluminium but I think you would get away with ABS if you had a good enough printer.

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I think some of the plates could be 3D printed without compromising the system too much. Others, if made of plastic, would probably be too flimsy and either bend, break, or you would lose way too much precision and get other problems.

Off the top of my head I imagine these would be fine to print:

  • Z-axis motor mount, with added gussets
  • Peripheral mount plate/Vacuum pump mount plate (we’re making these out of plastic in all kits going forward)
  • Cable guides (we have a new plastic version of this legacy part)
  • Z-axis hardstops
  • Track end and joining plates (only for indoor installations not subject to direct sun)

I wouldn’t recommend printing the cross-slide plate, wheel plates, or gantry corner brackets without adding possibly significant ribs/additional material to the design.

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