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.

""Weekly log""

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, in an amount needed for the mix the user chooses off a menu.

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.

• Designed 3D auger, a Lid to fit on top of the funnel for T-PVC pipe, this was also 3D designed and printed.
• The solution was so that we could get an accurate amount of water and powder into a cup based on weight.
• The Design used a Load cell, Stepper motor connected with an auger, Selenoid valve connected with Tank. This entire system turns on when button is pushed.
• Designed and built a box that could work with the system.
Solutions

• Designing/3D printing the Auger to perfectly fit into the T-PVC pipe.
• Found Solenoid valve capable of functioning at low pressure.
• Soldered wires together to ensure a stable connection.
• Built box in a way that could accurately flow water thru.