Need a new part for your tractor. No problem. You can produce it from a 3-D printer in the machine shop that works with metal and plastic, not just ink.
Technological advances will work to the advantage of people who can do work themselves. The design of more and more parts and equipment will be available for download on the Internet for use on 3D printers.
We may even see robotic welding on farms.
Computerized repairs like on cars? Tractors that diagnose their own problems?
It’s all within the realm of possibility.
Here are three articles and videos on AgWeb's Farm of the Future site to watch to gain insight about the future of your farm’s shop.
- Video: The Power of the New Farm Shop
Ag futurist Lowell Catlett envisions major changes in how products are manufactured in America. Already people are making products at home or in the garage with 3D assembling.
- Sun-Fueled Technology Brightens Agriculture
No crop can grow without good old-fashioned sunshine. But increasingly, solar energy doesn’t benefit just crops – increasingly, it also is powering and fueling the industry itself.
- Remote Tractor Troubleshooting
Time is money—and equipment downtime costs you both time and money. But thanks to new technologies, you can keep track of your fleet, make time- and money-saving adjustments, and, in some cases, even make mechanical fixes without ever leaving your office.
Visit AgWeb's Farm of the Future site.