Starting the Automatic Cocktail Maker and Making Drinks!
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Starting the Automatic Cocktail Maker and Making Drinks!

With the wiring completed for the automatic cocktail maker it’s time to connect the app, and start making drinks!  If your SirMixABot came pre-assembled this is a good reference point for connecting to your bot. Starting Up and Making Drinks! Step 0: Important Note – Do NOT Load Bottles During Setup / Testing While setting...

Posted by February 23, 2018February 23, 2018
Wiring for the SirMixABot Barbot
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Wiring for the SirMixABot Barbot

Now that the barbot internals are assembled, it’s time to finalize SirMixABot’s wiring.  The main components include an Arduino microcontroller, motor shield, I2C shield, and buck converter.  Although the main wiring harness comes assembled, linking to components is still required for kit assembly.  Use the diagrams to connect stepper motors, limit switches, LCD screen, and...

Posted by February 23, 2018February 23, 2018
Why SirMixABot is an Arduino Project
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Why SirMixABot is an Arduino Project

An early question when planning the SirMixABot robotic bartender was how to control the device.  Ultimately, we planned an Arduino project for a number of reasons.  Similar to SirMixABot’s overall design, and Arduino was chosen for its durability and affordability.  Below we’ll analyze its unique characteristics, and how they compliment the ultimate automated bar. Affordable...

Posted by February 17, 2018February 17, 2018
Assembling the Robotic Bartender Slider and Actuator
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Assembling the Robotic Bartender Slider and Actuator

The slider and actuator assembly of the robotic bartender is perhaps the most critical piece.  What device is responsible for moving your glass, pouring your ingredients, and delivering your final cocktail.  After your frame is constructed (and customized) it’s time to move on to internal components.  See below how SirMixABot is put together.  Even if...

Posted by February 16, 2018February 16, 2018
Finishing the Automated Bar Construction of the Outer Frame
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Finishing the Automated Bar Construction of the Outer Frame

If your SirMixABot robotic bartender comes in kit form, there are a couple of steps in the bar construction process that need to be taken up front.  The outer frame may be birch or MDF, but the steps for assembly are the same for both.  Custom staining or painting is available for each.  A maple...

Posted by February 16, 2018February 16, 2018
How SirMixABot Fits in with Home Bar Furniture
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How SirMixABot Fits in with Home Bar Furniture

Whether inside or outside, used for one person or a dozen, SirMixABot is a great piece of home bar furniture.  The DIY cocktail crafter can customize their robotic bartender in many ways.  It’s a great fit in apartments, houses, and even offices.  Below we take a look at a few of the more common applications...

Posted by February 13, 2018February 13, 2018
The Parts List and Costs to Make an Automated Bartender
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The Parts List and Costs to Make an Automated Bartender

When we first attempted to make a robotic bartender, we had an initial goal of making the product affordable for many. Obviously manufacturing efficiencies, and procurements savings could help save money, but our first prototypes were built using off-the shelf parts paying full retail costs. Similarly, if you’re thinking of designing or making your own...

Moving the Drink Actuator for the Cocktail Creator
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Moving the Drink Actuator for the Cocktail Creator

With the SirMixABot cocktail creator utilizing stepper motors for power, it is time to design the power distribution for the vertical drink actuator.  As always, reliable, affordable, and easy to use parts are preferred.  With the base knowledge that a drive rod would be used to guide the drink actuator, two connections had to be...

Posted by December 26, 2017January 4, 2018
Limit Switches in our Drink Mixer Machine
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Limit Switches in our Drink Mixer Machine

Position is a necessary value to monitor in the SirMixABot drink mixer machine.  A belt drive moves the system horizontally, while a drive rod moves the drink assembly up and down.  The arduino powered robotic bartender uses magnets to determine which ingredient it’s lined up with.  It also uses three critical limit switches.  Along with...

Posted by December 23, 2017January 4, 2018
Designing the Belt Drive for our Cocktail Machine
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Designing the Belt Drive for our Cocktail Machine

One obvious design need for our cocktail machine was movement.  SirMixABot needs to either bring a drink to the glass, a glass to the drink, or a combination of the two.  Additionally, it should do so using durable, affordable components that are easy to work with.  Following that criteria led us to stepper motors, liquor...

Posted by December 23, 2017January 4, 2018
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