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Allrightey....... In this instructible, I came up with the idea of a mechanical ticket dispenser. I volunteer at my local church and usually help with the register / ticket table during carnival events. It's not fun trying to count tickets while there are people in line staring at you. Plus... I like to add mechanical functions to just about anything I get my hands on. Keep in mind that it took about 20 + hours to build this because there was no plan. It is difficult to do a step by step progression instructible for this one. It was built on the fly with parts that the wife said I should have thrown out years ago..... I knew there was a reason why I kept these things. The parts for this project came mostly from salvaged items and stuff that should have been junked. Here we go!!! I don't believe you will go out and try to get the same parts as I did.... there are always alternatives though.... Hope you enjoy

There is quite an imagination of parts used for this project.
This thing is held together mostly by "HOT GLUE"
If I don't tell you how it is attached....HOT GLUE

Tools used were Hot Glue gun and dremmel tool. Some pliers and screw drivers. Mainly hot glue and dremmel.

Video will come soon.
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Step 1: The Box

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This is a 6"W x 6" D x 12" L  plastic storage container you can get from most container / storage stores.

Step 2: The Ticket Spool Shaft

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3/8' wooden dow rod 5 1/2 " long/  (I will be changing this to a 1" shaft.  The ticket spool hole is that size)
2 bobbing sewing spindalls from a generic sewing machine. (purchased at walmart sewing dept a long time ago.)

These were screwed into the wooden dow.
Notice the half moon groove I put into the plastic box to hold the shaft in place.
Excellent Instructable !!!
The perfect example of repurposing. Good Job.
palombo5050 (author)  burningsuntech3 years ago
I added a video:
palombo5050 (author)  burningsuntech3 years ago
Thank you very much for the compliment. I sure had fun constructing this contraption.
great instruct.

more here

thank you
palombo5050 (author)  DelfinaMonaco3 years ago
I added a video:
palombo5050 (author)  DelfinaMonaco3 years ago
Thank you
Lori Doise3 years ago
This is ingenious!!! Great job, PALOMBO5050!!
palombo5050 (author)  Lori Doise3 years ago
I added a video:
palombo5050 (author)  Lori Doise3 years ago
louwhopley3 years ago
Cool. Now to make use of an Arduino. Type amount of tickets and it automates the roll/cut. Would be awesome. Cheers.
palombo5050 (author)  louwhopley3 years ago
I added a quick videoa;
palombo5050 (author)  louwhopley3 years ago
Thanks, I would love to make this an Arduino. Do you have any ideas or the least complicated way to go about this process. It would be cool to have a key pad... type the amount... press total.... tickets come out... I will be installing a digital counter as soon as it comes in from ebay. The ticket machine will already have a rotation switch installed.
My tip:
1) Learn basics of Arduino
2) Get keypad capable of working with arduino, in South Africa it would cost about US$7
3) Connect Arduino with that motor you already have.

To use, type number & press enter. Easy to code/make in Arduino code.

Regarding the ticket counter, there are 2 ways I can think about:
1) Time how long it takes per ticket (literally in miliseconds) at a set speed. Set arduino to turn the motor at that speed for "time_in_miliseconds x amount_of tickets" that way it would output just the right amount of tickets.
2) [easiest] build some basic method to electronically count amount of tickets e.g. button-press on that already-there gear mechanism you have, then listen to the amount of presses - in the arduino. Stop when amount is reached.

Hope this helps!

Please let me know if you made this or if you need help with the coding/setup of the electronics - I am a software developer.

palombo5050 (author)  louwhopley3 years ago
The tension roller I have mounted on the back of the ticket spool measures exactly 2 inches. The actual tickets are 2 inches long. I will be installing a rotation switch that will trigger a "momentary on" every time it makes a rotation. That wire will be running to a digital counter. If there is an arduino that can be setup to count a pulse... I think that would be easier. That way... 25 tickets will equal 25 "momentary on". It will then shut the motor off. The gear motor isn't a stepper motor. It does not stop immediately. Thank you for helping in this situation. This is a new frontier for me in automating things. I'm excited to hear anything else. Keep in mind, I'm trying to keep cost down.
That "momentary on" is what I meant by the "button press" effect. So you're on the right track. Arduino might be a bit costly, I think you will be able to do with the cheapest version. You can put a solenoid to press against the spool to stop it (use it as a break)

See this for the cheapest arduino (same quality/functionality as the more expensive ones) $18.95

See this for a keypad which you can possibly use: $3.95
(You can see at the "Documents" there is a Arduino tutorial, to help with that)

That is all you will need with some wiring to connect it all. You might need a "motor controller" - but I am not sure about that though.

This is a bit costly, but it would automate your system fully.

Hope it helps!
palombo5050 (author)  louwhopley3 years ago
Thanks, I will keep that keypad link. That is the direction I would like to head towards. I want to make this as simple as possible for others to use.
Yes, I understand and agree. But just note that to use the keypad, you would have to interface with some sort of micro controller. This is where the Arduino comes in, it does the calculating etc. It reads the input from the keypad and outputs to the motor. Else the keypad would not do anything. Arduino is the best/easiest option.
palombo5050 (author)  louwhopley3 years ago
You are right. I have spent the day doing a little research, and see that the arduino is the best... if not only... automation route. I may not go that far with this project yet. I will just have to use the eye ball controll with the digital counter I have on order. that shouldn't be too bad. The carnival is the 23rd of this month. I should have the digital counter installed by then. Thanks for your help in discovering this possible future step. I may wait till an arduino contest comes back up and utilize the process then.
Haha, good plan!

this will be perfect for my skeeball machine build... BEAUTIFUL!!! great job with the instructable....

(could use more comments on the counter installation)
palombo5050 (author)  shortcircuitaz3 years ago
I added a quick video:
palombo5050 (author)  shortcircuitaz3 years ago
I am working on that right now. Instructibles seems to be having trouble with me updating it.
if you were using the "raffle" style tickets (with the hole in the center) you could use a opto switch coupled with an arduino to automatically count out a specific number of tickets.

you could also run a manual switch along the side of the tickets you currently have to count the divits in the tickets (as long as you mount it right next to the feed mech)

palombo5050 (author)  shortcircuitaz3 years ago
I added a quick video:
palombo5050 (author)  shortcircuitaz3 years ago
Most of your reel tickets are 2 inches long. Some have marker grooves, and some do not. The church I volunteer at uses both types. I wanted to be able to use this machine for both types. I would like to eventually use an arduino... that may be a project when an arduino contest comes up.
palombo5050 (author) 3 years ago
I am having trouble with Instructibles allowing me to make notes on the steps I am adding. I am able to add pictures and make notes on the pictures, but it will not save anything in the description box that pops up with each step....