How I’m using 3D software to help design my aquaponics system, Part 2

The decision to use a proper aquarium stand allowed me to focus just on the support for the plant tray.

For that, I devised these options.

Fish Tank 5

White metal wall stand. I found a shop that sold these wall stands, which are covered in white plastic. Relatively stiff, the stand can usually be seen in retail shops holding up rows of socks or levels of candy. I thought such a frame would give me a lot of flexibility in terms of being able to hang just whatever I want on it. But in the end it just looked a little too crowded. Plus I didn’t want to drill into the wall to keep the frame upright.

Fish Tank 4

Adjustable metal stand. I ended up with this stand because it’s simple to assemble plus it also provides some flexibility in terms of being able to hang lights and fixtures on it. Aesthetically speaking, the metal frame is not ideal, but I think I can find a way to 3D print something with my daughter to make it look less “industrial.”

But, how do I actually suspend the plant tray in the metal stand? Lucky for me, Makerbay has scrap plywood from its wood workshops. I could just grab a few pieces after one of my Family 3D Printing Workshops and my design was essentially complete.

Would the metal stand and the scrap plywood be strong enough to hold an estimated 25 pounds from the plant tray? Remember that it will also be filled with water and a growth medium. I guess I will actually be testing my assembly skills because the metal frame with its nuts and bolts and plywood should hold up fine, as long as it’s properly put together.

Now the next phase and challenge, decorating outside and inside the fish tank with 3D printed objects.

More to come in Part 3.





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