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Beverage dispenser

Design, build and remotely operate a beverage dispenser

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This is my final year project for my mechanical engineering course at university. The aim is to design, build and operate a beverage dispenser. I am planning to use an Arduino kit to operate the device and build it using my university facilities. If needed, will outsource complex parts. I will post updates on how the project is progressing. It will be very beneficial if the community can share their thoughts and opinions about the project.

Aim

The aim of this project is to design and construct an open-source beverage dispenser that can also be remotely operated to reduce manual work needed by user.

Objectives

  • Select and design required components.
  • Design overall device through sketches and 3D drawings.
  • Construct Prototype for testing.
  • Test Prototype to identify any limitations and potential improvements.
  • Optimise design using analysis of prototype.
  • Construct dispenser base upon final design changes.
  • Install and connect micro-controller to allow for remote operation.
  • Test Dispenser to ensure the full desired functionality is available.

  • 1 × Arduino Starter Kit Micro-controller

  • Peristaltic Pump

    Ali11/13/2019 at 13:33 0 comments

    I have decided to use a peristaltic pump for the dispenser for the following:

    Advantages:

    • No insulation is needed as there is no contact with the fluid
    • Can pump high viscosity with large solids.
    • Fixed amount of fluid pumper per rotation, hence easy to estimate the rotations needed.
    • Pump Design prevents backflow without the need for valves.
    • Easy to maintain and clean.
    • reverse rotation and flow direction are possible.

    I will soon be sketching initial design drawing for the pump to use for my prototype.

  • Type of Dispenser

    Ali11/03/2019 at 15:00 1 comment

    Decision made to build a cold beverage dispenser and not a coffee machine and now research, design and manufacture of a pump will be taking place.

  • Coffee Machine vs Beverage Dispenser

    Ali10/10/2019 at 11:49 0 comments

    Currently trying to decide whether to construct a coffee machine or a beverage dispenser ( and mixer).

    Some of the clear differences I can identify for the coffee machine is that it will require a heater, while on the other hand if the beverage mixer and dispenser will require several storage tanks for different liquids and possibly more pumps.

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Omar Yasser wrote 11/13/2019 at 18:20 point

Some fine ideas here Ali. What is the purpose of having a remotely controlled beverage dispenser?

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Ali wrote 11/13/2019 at 22:16 point

Hello Omar, thank you for your question. Currently the idea is to use this feature to select and mix drinks together remotely without the user having to dispense different drinks several times ( Similar to the case when you use a typical soda tower).

However, I am sure I can also use the option for other features!

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mohamed taha wrote 11/13/2019 at 16:50 point

Very interesting

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