As a quick recap, we AutoMicroFarmers spent most of last year developing a small, dresser-sized aquaponics system, the AutoNanoFarm. However, after chatting with many potential customers, including some of you, we realized we just could not build the system for a low enough price to make it a good-value deal for you.
So, After pivoting away from the AutoNanoFarm, we’ve been thinking about ways to make a less expensive larger aquaponics system (AutoMicroFarm). A few months ago, we came up with a design that we haven’t seen in other aquaponics systems. The inspiration for the design are frame-set pools, such as the one below:
Both the fish tank and the vegetable bed are containers made of flexible laminated (BPA and vinyl-free) material supported by a metal frame. See the sketch below:
We started searching for prototype manufacturers that could make the two components for us: the metal frame, and the flexible waterproof fabric container. We found a metal frame reseller who put together a frame package for us, for what we felt was a reasonable price.
However, we’ve had no luck finding someone to make the container. One custom pool manufacturer quoted an outrageous price for us. So, we would like to reach out to you, dear fans. Do you have contacts at Intex or Sonne who would be willing to talk to us? We tried cold-calling both of them, to no avail. Do you know of any manufacturer/machine shop here in the US, who could glue or ultrasonic/plastic weld the container for us? Or, if you’ve done something similar, can you teach us how to do something like this ourselves?