# Difference between revisions of "Gatorade Maker"

## Overview

Have you ever tried a Gatorade mix and you end up with not enough powder or too much? The solution to this would be "The Gatorade Maker". This project aims at creating a system that pours powder and water to make a Gatorade mix. The user will choose from 3 preset options. These options are sweet, Gatorade recommended, and mild. Also, 3 preset amounts of Gatorade. The system will dispense the powder and water in an appropriate amount in the glass. This will allow you to be worry-free about the accuracy of the water and powder you will have in your drink.

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## Team Members

• Fazeela Kazmi
• Jacob Pinter
• Natalie Ng (TA)

## Objectives

• A successful project would allow the system to accurately dispense the powder and water in a glass with a press of a button.

## Challanges

• learning to code with Arduino
• How to dispense ingredients cleanly/neatly/accurately
• The building of the dispenser
• Keeping up with the schedule

## Budget

• Total: \$148.72

## Design and Solutions

Stepper Motor

• Stepper motor was used to dispense Gatorade powder into the cup.
• We used the Arduino motor shield to help implement the rotation of the motor.
• We had to 3D print an auger to slowly dispense the powder while the motor rotates.

Solenoid Valve

• Solenoid valve is used to dispense water.
• We had to find a valve that would dispense with very low pressure so that it could open up and dispense liquid.
• We had to find tubing so that the water could flow in the direction that it was needed to flow in.
• We had to make sure the valve did not have much leakage.
• We had to figure out how to open/close the solenoid valve. // how to control open/close solenoid valve

• Our goal was to make an accurate scale using a Load Cell
• We built scale by putting load cell between to pieces of wood and then calibrated using this tutorial
• Load Cell is able to measure how much powder and water has been dispensed
• Load Cell tells valve and auger when to turn on and when to turn off

Solutions

• Designing/3D printing the Auger to perfectly fit into the T-PVC pipe.
• Found Solenoid valve capable of functioning at low pressure.
• Found tutorials with baseline code related to our three parts and then was able to implement them together.
• Soldered wires together to ensure a stable connection.
• The Design used a Load cell, Auger attached to a Stepper Motor, Selenoid valve connected with Tank. This entire system turns on when a button is pushed.
• Designed and built a box that could work with the system.

## Results

3D designed parts