I built a robot that mixes drinks named Bar Mixvah. It utilizes an Arduino microcontroller switching a series of pumps via transistors on the physical layer, and the MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, Node.js) and jQuery for the frontend and backend. In this post, I’ll teach you how I made it. You can follow along and build one just like it! I’ve also put the 3d model (blender), stl files, and the code up on GitHub for you guys to download.
Part 1: Hardware and Electrical Design (you are here)
First, a little bit more about the robot. The entire thing costs approximately $180 to make. All of the parts are 3d printed, so you’ll need a 3d printer to build this. I used the MakerBot Replicator 2X, but any 3d printer should do. Total time to print the pieces is about 18 hours, depending on your settings, and assembly wiring….
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Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
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