Gatorade Maker

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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

Gantt Chart

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Poster

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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.

Load Cell


  • 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.


How to Control a Solenoid valve

In our project we had to use a Solenoid valve to control the dispensing of water. Depending on the type of valve you use, you may need a higher/lower voltage source. 1. #Parts needed

  • Breadboard
  • 6 Jumper wires
  • Transistor
  • Diode
  • 1k Ohm Resistor
  • Battery source.

2. #Assembly

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