Overview

Chauncey is a Wrylon Robotical Flower Care Robot designed by Barry McWilliams and built by John Park. Due to certain regrettable events, full-scale production of the FLORABOT 3L-1G model, a.k.a. Chauncey, ceased in 1913. However, do not despair -- you can build your own fully functional, 3D-printed Chauncey.

Mk. I plans for building Chauncey were published in the excellent 3D Printing Projects book from Maker Media.

Now, this updated Mk. II Chauncey can be created using a CLUE microcontroller board running CircuitPython and the Bonsai Buckaroo add-on board to sense soil moisture levels and water your flower or plant using a small, submersible pump.

Parts

Adafruit CLUE - nRF52840 Express with Bluetooth LE

PRODUCT ID: 4500
Do you feel like you just don't have a CLUE? Well, we can help with that - get a CLUE here at Adafruit by picking up this sensor-packed development board. We wanted to build some...
OUT OF STOCK

Adafruit Bonsai Buckaroo - micro:bit & CLUE Plant Care Helper

PRODUCT ID: 4534
We can’t wait for spring to arrive, and we’re looking forward to caring for some plants! We designed this little add-on for
$4.95
IN STOCK

Submersible 3V DC Water Pump - Horizontal Type

PRODUCT ID: 4546
Make fountains or plant-watering projects with this submersible water pump. It's great for beginner projects and super easy to use! The pump is basically a DC motor that is powered...
$1.95
IN STOCK

Tubing for Submersible Pumps - PVC 8mm ID - 1 Meter Long

PRODUCT ID: 4545
Coming soon! Sign up to be notified when in stockThis tubing is designed to go with our simple submersible pumps. Great for making water-powered...
OUT OF STOCK

Small Alligator Clip Test Lead (set of 6)

PRODUCT ID: 4100
Connect this to that without soldering using these small alligator clip test leads. 18" long cables with color-coded alligator clips on both ends. You get 6 pieces in 6...
$2.95
IN STOCK

USB A/Micro Cable - 2m

PRODUCT ID: 2185
This is your standard USB A-Plug to Micro-USB cable. It's 2 meters long so you'll have plenty of cord to work with for those longer extensions.
$4.95
IN STOCK

PLA Filament for 3D Printers - 1.75mm Diameter - Blue - 1KG

PRODUCT ID: 2146
Having a 3D printer without filament is sort of like having a regular printer without paper or ink.  And while a lot of printers come with some filament there's a good chance...
$44.95
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Materials & Tools

In addition to the parts above, you'll also need:

  • A 3D printer or have it printed by a 3D printing service
  • 2 ea. galvanized nails
  • A small glass jar
  • CA glue (a.k.a. "super glue")
  • A handheld rotary tool

Optional:

  • Acrylic craft paint & brushes
  • Acrylic paint spray sealer
This guide was first published on Mar 25, 2020. It was last updated on 2020-03-25 15:31:49 -0400. This page (Overview) was last updated on Mar 30, 2020.