A Lego Technic Cupcake Production Line #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
Great article from The Chemical Engineer on using LEGO Technic to make a cupcake line. More importantly the objective is to build unique teaching tools.
During Covid and lockdown, I’ve been updating the design, using Lego BrickLink Studio software, and rebuilding the cupcake depositor and enrober, as well as constructing the telescope model. These models just need a few more bricks to finish off the mechanical parts, and I am now concentrating on the programming and control circuitry for the depositor. This will involve the use of a Raspberry Pi, some Arduino Nanos and various electronic chips such as motor controllers, PWM devices and sensors to measure the relative position between the depositing head and the cupcake moulds on the conveyor.
Overall, the object of the exercise is to build an engineering teaching tool, constructed from both physical and virtual elements, which links teaching to the current and future needs of the process industry. The starting point has been the Lego cupcake factory, but then should incorporate virtual process plant to describe the production of raw materials, that support the cake-making process. The design, building and use of deliverables are directly relevant to undergraduate teaching and research projects, but also have a significant relevance to STEM teaching across all ages.
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