We, group G, want to address the needs of the restaurant industry by facilitating it with the products, alcoholic beverages, that often brings in the most income in a night for the business and for its bartenders. Mixing drinks takes specialized attention, energy, and time and can be a stressful task for bartenders to perform when a restaurant is packed with customers. Waits become longer and drink orders back up until the restaurant empties again. Our group strives to create a product that will ensure each customer is served with fast and efficient service, while still providing the special attention to a specific order. Our concept, a drink mixer, will deliver drinks in a timely and correct manner to help bartenders make more drinks at a time and address customers during high traffic times. Our group created a project to develop this drink mixer. We interviewed bartenders and other consumers to get their thoughts and suggestions on an ideal product for their bar. Using these ideas as inspirations, we developed various concepts that could achieve these needs. We rated our designs based on their manufacturability, cost, components, reliability, and more characteristics to ensure our chosen design could be completed in the time and budget constraints we had. Our chosen concept achieved most of our design conditions and we set quantitative performance goals to evaluate our product. The drink mixer would carry various ingredients, shake or stir our beverage, make different drink recipes, and be controlled by pre-set buttons. We performed various design analysis to help create each component in the system. Once we began buying and assembling materials, the product we envisioned proved to be more difficult to make as we progressed over the semester.
The process revealed various faults in our design and building process. Overall, we learned as a group about the design process, budgeting, using Arduino and other electrical components, and the build and testing process. This report offers details our project from start to finish of envisioning, designing, and building our drink mixer, while also showing our insight and reflection on the entire process.
Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)
Anguiano, Yvette; Wilson, Tristram; and Rother, Jacob, "Group G: Drink Mixer II" (2017). Mechanical Engineering Design Project Class. 73.