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 press a button and the appropriate amount of water and powder will be released in a cup. This will allow you to be worry-free about the accuracy of the water and powder you will have in your drink.
- Fazeela Kazmi
- Jacob Pinter
- Natalie Ng (TA)
- A successful project would allow the system to accurately dispense the powder and water in a glass with a press of a button.
- learning to code with Arduino
- How to dispense ingredients cleanly/neatly/accurately
- The building of the dispenser
- Keeping up with the schedule
- Tubing $7.99
- Buttons $4.95
- Stepper Motor $13.99
- Auger- 3D Print
- Tank for Water $7.26
- T Shaped PVC Pipe (Holds Auger) $2.23
- Arduino Uno Rev- given
- Solenoid Valve $9.95
- Solderless Bread Board $6.95 (x2)
- TIP120 Darlington Transistor $.95
- 1k Ohm Resistor $1.00
- Diode $.15
- Hookup Wires $6.95
- Load Cell 5 kg and Converter $8.50
- Motor Shield $22.84
- Alligator clips - $7.70
- 9V battery - $5.47
- Electric Selenoid valve-  - $22.99
- Wood - $6.92
- Super glue Black silicone tape - $4.98
- Total: $148.72
Design and Solutions
- 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 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
- Scale was accurate within a tenth of a gram
- 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.
3D designed parts