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It's time to head back to college and that means lots of fun, parties, and EPIC TAILGATING!  (Go Razorbacks!)

BUILD A ROBOTIC DRINK MIXER!

This is a portable system that can mix over 5,000 drinks on demand from a laptop computer.  Build it and they will come!

Here is what the Robotic Drink Mixer is capable of:


Some of you may have seen my other instructable last year, BaR2D2, the mobile bar.  This is the long awaited drink mixer upgrade!  If you want to see the robot this can attach to, go here: 

http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-A-Mobile-Bar-BaR2D2/

This system was built to replace the manual liquor carousel.  It has been an incredible upgrade and we have had a blast with it!

You can friend BaR2D2 on facebook:   bartwo dtwo



 
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Step 1: Time to Order Parts!

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The Robotic Drink Mixer uses a compressed air system to force liquids out of the ingredient bottles (air is forced into the bottles and a syphon tube allows the liquid to come out.  An electronic valve (solenoid valve) controls how much liquid comes out and when.

For my setup, I am using six ingredient bottles and six solenoid valves.  The bottles are about a liter each and have a standard neck thread like a plastic coke bottle (you can actually use plastic coke bottles).

The valves are 12 volt plunger-style solenoid valves (normally closed).  These were obtained at McMasterCarr for about $25 each.  I used part number #7877K313.  The air tanks are from ebay and were originally used in semi truck air horns.  You can use any air supply tank as long as it has enough volume to fully displace all the contents in your ingredient bottles.

I charge these tanks to about 75 psi and then using a regulator, reduce the pressure to 5 psi at the ingredient bottles. (any more than this is a waste...you get good flow at 5 psi and reduce air leaks).  Use a Schrader valve in your tank and then you can fill it using a regular air compressor or foot pump.  Use clear Tygon PVC tubing to connect everything on the low pressure side.  On the high pressure side, use pvc air line.

The regulator was purchased through SurplusCenter on the net for about $20.  I also got the gauges from there.  Again, you are basically just trying to get to about 5 psi at the bottles.

To make connections easier, I used acetal push-to-connect fittings. (McMaster Carr part #51055K14)  These thread into the valves and the Tygon tubing plugs into the fitting.  Size your tubing to match each connection.

To distribute the six air lines into the ingredient bottles, we used an aluminum manifold (McMasterCarr part #5469K151)  Thread your push to connect fittings into this as well.  The tops of the bottles that have the two air nipples were purchased through lazydrinker.com.


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przygoda1 year ago
What ingredients do you put in your bottles? I've almost finished building my robotic mixer and I have no idea what to put into the bottles to make as many drinks as possible
DayBowBow1 year ago
Did you buddy ever make the control board that replaces the lazy drinker?
tde18063 years ago
I have just contacted Lazydrinks.com
and he wrote back.
that his not selling the lazydrinks board at this moment, so is there anyone who as another idea to make the robotic bartender.

Tomas
Denmark

I've built a "semi-system" using the LED-Wiz.

I built basically this same thing but with an actual compressor and tank, knocked down to 6psi for 4 fluids. It takes a little more work on your part as there is no software, you have to create your own, but the basic premise is the same. I ended up bailing on the final construction because I couldnt get cola's to distribute properly.
if you still have all those parts and software programmed for the LED WIZ I would be interested in taking those off your hands...
jamiep (author)  tde18063 years ago
Short answer, yes - my friend will be rolling out a new circuit board and software design soon that will be available. Stay tuned... probably first quarter of new year.
jamie
tde1806 jamiep3 years ago
Ok looking forward too
jamiep (author)  tde18063 years ago
On another note - check out my latest project that is in the Humana contest. If you think it's a winner, vote and rank it highly. Thanks!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Occupational-Therapy-DexterityCognitive-Aid/

jsp50483 years ago
Hey Jamie,

My classmate and I have decided to build an automated drink maker for our senior project (we're electromechanical engineering majors). I actually had no idea prior to this that such inventions were already made, but this is pretty awesome stuff. Just had a few questions I was wondering if you could answer:

-Roughly how much did this cost you in all? (we have a budget)

-How long did this project take you?
jamiep (author)  jsp50483 years ago
All in, there is probably $1,500 in parts and machining. If you were just building a table top non robot version, it would be much cheaper.

jamie
mali283 years ago

Do you build more for sale? and would you help a group of students to do one?

Thank you
Tekker4 years ago
Awsome write-up! I just couldn't find the types of dispensing bottles that you used, could you list the site/store where you found them? Thanks!
jamiep (author)  Tekker4 years ago
They are made by Silgan Plastics and are screw top 32 ounce bottles. Can't remember which website I got them from.

jamie
I went to Lazydrinker.com. The email is not even taking any mail. They do not sell any products. I'm looking for those special cap assemblies. Emailed Silgan Plastics, will wait and see what response I get.
rschu3tt33 years ago
If there is another model in the works I suggest one that is all terrain. After seeing your model, I am busy drawing up one that I think would cover everything a guy would need. Nothing may come of it, but it sure is fun to think about. Great job on your's though.
Myty063 years ago
Was wondering if your friend had finished his design and build of his bar software/hardware.
gigsgtox3 years ago
I've got a similar build which has been ongoing for a while. My question is, do you have an easy way to dispense soda?

I've been running at 6psi, but soda re-pressurizes to much higher than that (35psi). Was wondering if you had a good solution? I'm thinking of putting a T fitting at the top and then having 2 separate operating pressures, one on the soda side at 40, and one for the standard liquids at 6.
jamiep (author)  gigsgtox3 years ago
I have a friend that is currently designing and building a bar software/hardware piece that I believe he is going to make available for sale once he unveils his project. Ask me again in early/mid summer. It looks like it will be most excellent user interface. jamie
Algag jamiep3 years ago
anything happen with your friend and that project by any chance?
jamiep (author)  gigsgtox3 years ago
As for soda, we aren't using bottle space for that at this time. we usually put mixers/liquors in those and put the soft drinks in the drawer... you could prob go with higher rated valves and use co2 to pressureize. jamie
Lazydrinker isn't available to get the circuit board from. Is there another way to get it?
kelevra883 years ago
i am trying to achieve this build and was wondering if someone could give more detail on what way i can setup the air system ,what volume i need in the tanks,what rating i need for a compressor system and if this setup can be achieved in any similar fashion that will still work with the software setup and as cheaply as possible on ebay or something if someone can give me links to products suitable ,thank you all ,new member but i think this site is brilliant!!!
jamiep (author)  kelevra883 years ago
the air volume needs to be the volume of the ingredient bottles plus a buffer... shoot for 150% of the bottle volume or more.

as for the pressure, i have my regulator that knocks the tank pressure down to around 4psi at the bottles.

if you need the metal waterjet cut parts for the drink mixer, I have an extra set I would sell for $100.

jamie
Hi jamie are the water jet cut parts still available please as it would be brilliant for me to buy them from you.

Mark
jamiep (author)  cuschierimark3 years ago
yes - I have one set that was the prototype. send me an email jamieaprice at yahoo.com to discuss
I checked out laytdrinker YEARS ago and they were not acccepting orders. I just checked again and they are still not accepting orders. Do you have an alternative supplier for this stuff?
A similar product is the LED-Wiz. Its not intended for this, but functions the same w/ the same 500mA output.
sr53373 years ago
can you still get a beer too? or is the mixer now in the way?
jamiep (author)  sr53373 years ago
The base of the drink mixer is small enough so that the beer elevator still works.
jamie
Where did you get the Schrader valve? thanks!

Charlie
jamiep (author)  laxplayer11993 years ago
I got it at mcmaster carr
sampson1114 years ago
could u please put a easier to read materials list thank you
OMG! A Robotic Drink MACHINE! THE BEST IDEA EVER! Now... if you can just give it some robotic wheels and get it to ride over to me... this could be the greatest invention since beer! I assume these are alcoholic drinks yes? Awesome!
jamiep (author)  DarkRubyMoon4 years ago
It's got wheels and drives around :) scroll to the last page where it shows the finished robot.
No Way! I've got to get myself one of these! :D
kunku4 years ago
is there any other eqiupments that can be used in the place of wood plasic and aluminium
iconnu4 years ago
Are you also the guy who had the controllable light up suit @ Dragon*Con this year? If so, is there any chance of getting an instructable for that?
jamiep (author)  iconnu4 years ago
The guy with the light up suit is my friend Marc Devidts... you probably saw us together at one of the night parties. His contact info is: http://marcdevidts.com/
I know he will be in an upcoming popular science article with the suit.
abyssnolf4 years ago
I've looked over everything three times, and it seems like there are three parts that might not have been mentioned in the description.

First, there are acetal push-to-connect elbow fittings - I know the straight push-to-connect fittings had a product number given, but is there one for the elbow fittings?

Then there are the 15 black elbow fittings that appear only in the first picture, but I don't see them in any of the others. Perhaps these were replaced by the fittings mentioned above?

Last, the valves have a small black elbow fitting that redirects the flow of liquid down. Is this any special component, or just an normal elbow fitting that fits into the valve?

Thanks for the awesome work and the great write-up! Truly an inspiration.
mvberg4 years ago
What size couplings did you use on the caps, 1/4"?
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