NZ: Man 3D prints hydroponic setup to counter expensive systems

At first glance, there’s no obvious connection between hydroponic gardening and three-dimensional printing.

But for Barnard Theron, whose day job involves IT security for a large government department, his experimental 3D-printed garage hydroponic system represents the perfect marriage of his passion for good design, interest in new technologies and self-confessed control freak tendencies.

It all started when Theron, who immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2011, and his partner moved into their new Masterton home last March.

The two-car garage which the previous owner had converted into a home office and hobby space had strong man cave possibilities – an important attraction for Barnard who is a classic DIYer as well as designer and builder of wooden furniture.


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