Steve and Friends Discover that Inventing Can Be Intoxicating

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May 05, 2003

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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