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Steve and Friends Discover that Inventing Can Be Intoxicating

DN Staff

May 5, 2003

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Steve and Friends Discover that Inventing Can Be Intoxicating

Steve Rundell and fellow engineering students at Michigan State University never go thirsty, thanks to the ingenious automatic drink-making machine they designed and built. The contraption allows the "bartender" to select various drink mixtures displayed on an LCD screen. A controller sends a signal to a servo motor that drives a rotating carousel, which positions the drink cup under the appropriate liquid reservoirs. A solenoid valve opens, automatically dispensing a predetermined amount of liquid into the cup.

Drink-o-Matic 3000 Parts List

Amt

Part Description

Allied Part #

1

Solid state relay

235-7602

1

Resistor kit

635-0120

1

Prototype kit

508-7713

1

Microcontroller

671-0052


Additional parts required: dc servo motor, solenoid valve, desk lamp, lazy susan device, wire, 2-liter bottles for liquid reservoirs, various lumber and plumbing products (there's a lot of leeway for creativity in this design)

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