Introduction: LEGO Hi-Chew Dispenser
After making my Lego Candy Dispenser, I decided I wanted to make something to dispense my current candy obsession: Hi-Chew!
I also wanted a machine that dispensed the candy when the handle was pushed in, instead of when pulled out. Another design feature I wanted was an area to collect the candy from after being dispensed. I'm very pleased with how it came out and already have a few ideas for my next Lego candy machine.
I recently entered this in the 2013 Alameda County Fair and it ended up winning a 1st place ribbon :D !
Step 1: The Mechanism
This is the 'action' piece. It will move back and forth, grabbing a single candy at a time and transporting it to drop down the chute. Because the mechanism is the moving part, I decided every face should be smooth.
Next I build the base and a spot to grab the candy from after it shoots out of the chute.
I decided to have a base of 8x8 studs since that size lends itself well to building with 2x4 and 1x2 bricks .
I kept adding layers to the 8x8 base, adding in sloped pieces for the chute.
I used the green 1x2 tiles to build the base of where the mechanism will live.
I put the mechanism into place before building a few more levels and topping with some decorative tiling.
I built the tube that holds the Hi-Chew from 1x2s, forming a 4x6 structure that I attached to the dispenser base.
I added a combination of tiles and plates to the top so the lid would be easy release. I made the lid by putting tiles on top of a 4x6 plate.