On the tools panel you can manage all of your FarmBot’s slots, tools, and seed containers as well as view the currently mounted tool.
Only Genesis kits have interchangeable tools, and the user interface may look slightly different depending on which kit you have.
Slots are locations within FarmBot’s coordinate system that can hold a tool or seed container and correspond to physical hardware such as a toolbay (Genesis kits) or the gantry-mounted seed trough holder (all kits).
To create a new slot, press thebutton next to the SLOTS label in the tools panel.
Next, provide coordinates for the tool slot. To input accurate coordinates, use the manual controls to move FarmBot into the target position and then click the USE CURRENT LOCATIONbutton to copy FarmBot’s current coordinates into the X, Y, and Z input fields.
Different tools and seed containers will require different coordinates for the slot:
- Interchangeable tools (Genesis kits only) - Use coordinates for when FarmBot’s UTM will fully mount the tool while it is still in the slot.
- Seed bins and seed troughs - Use coordinates for when FarmBot’s seed injector needle will be positioned to pick up a seed from the container.
Seed trays (with 16 individual cells) - Use coordinates for when FarmBot’s seed injector needle is positioned between cells A2 and A3, approximately 1mm above the top of the seed tray. If your tool slot’s pullout direction is in the Negative X direction, position the needle exactly between cells D2 and D3. In either case, the UTM’s main cylindrical section should be aligned with the outer cylindrical face of the seed tray as in the example image below. Then use the Pick from Seed Tray featured sequence for picking up seeds from a specific cell in the tray.
Some slots (such as the toolbays included with Genesis kits) have a slot direction, which is the direction that the tool must be loaded and unloaded from. To specify a slot’s direction, use the SLOT DIRECTION dropdown.
Some slots (such as those provided by the seed trough holder) are gantry-mounted and move with the FarmBot along the x-axis. To account for this and properly render these types of slots in the farm designer, you can specify that a slot is GANTRY-MOUNTED with a checkbox. Doing so will display the X coordinate as Gantry.
To load a tool or seed container into the slot, select one from the TOOL OR SEED CONTAINER dropdown and then press.
IMPORTANT: The virtual configuration must match real life
Now that you have virtually loaded your slots, you must also load the real tools and/or seed containers into the real slots to match your virtual configuration. If you do not do this, FarmBot may perform undesirably. And don’t forget: if you change things up in real life (remove a seed bin, for example), you must update the virtual configuration to match.
To delete a slot, select it from the SLOTS list in the main tools panel and then press thebutton.
You cannot delete slots with tools or seed containers that are used in sequences.
To create a new tool or seed container, press thebutton. Provide a NAME to define the tool or seed container and then press . Alternatively, you can select from the available STOCK NAMES to add one or more of the standard tools and seed containers included with your FarmBot kit.
To edit a tool or seed container, click it from the TOOLS AND SEED CONTAINERS list (Genesis), or the SEED CONTAINERS list (Express) located at the bottom of the main tools panel. Make your desired edits and then press thebutton.
To delete a tool or seed container, click it from the TOOLS AND SEED CONTAINERS list (Genesis), or the SEED CONTAINERS list (Express) located at the bottom of the main tools panel. Then click thebutton.
You cannot delete a tool or seed container if it is currently loaded into a tool slot.