It’s Cheaper To Grow Cannabis in Greenhouses Than Indoors, So Why Does Almost No One in Arizona Do It?

Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. You would be forgiven for not recognizing the nondescript brick warehouse in Phoenix’s Grand Avenue industrial district as the site of a high-tech agricultural facility.   But as soon as you step inside, the smell of hundreds of marijuana plants is overwhelming. As you make your way through the small rooms that line the main hallway, you can hear the whoosh of ventilation fans and the gentle hum of huge artificial lights suspended above a lush green canopy of leaves. Reggae, old-school hip-hop, and pop-punk blare from a portable speaker as a crew of 30 or so workers trim, water, and inspect the all-female crop of cannabis plants casually known as “the ladies.”  A relaxed grower, originally from Colorado, gleefully announces, “The plants respond to the type of music you play them.”  The plants also respond to all the energy it takes to power an indoor grow facility like this one. That results in some pretty hefty electricity bills.  So why grow pot indoors, particularly legal pot? Why not stick it in a field and rely on the strong Arizona sun?...

Don’t let its simple design fool you – the Mayku Formbox is a capable desktop vacuum

Don’t let its simple design fool you – the Mayku Formbox is a capable desktop vacuum former with many use cases ranging from making chocolate to industrial design. Let’s review the specs to find out what it can do. Even the average maker would respond with a glazed expression if you started talking about the joys of vacuum forming. To most, it’s a vaguely familiar industrial process reserved for niche, high-end applications. But Mayku wants to change this with the Formbox, a machine that, according to them, “makes molds in seconds, speeding up your product development cycle.” For the uninitiated, vacuum forming is a process whereby a sheet of plastic is heated to molding temperature, then stretched over a mold while simultaneously being forced against it with a vacuum. It’s a process that is traditionally used to make food packaging and aircraft cabin doors, among other things that most consumers wouldn’t ever think of making. But the Mayku Formbox delivers this technology in a consumer-friendly, accessible package: it’s a machine powered by a household vacuum cleaner that produces molds that can be filled with chocolate, concrete, plaster, Jesmonite (a type of...