For my final project I wanted to design something that would be a conversation starter in my office of my new job after college. After some research and consideration of what I had learned in the class and my previous course with this professor which was flow visualization, I settled on a fountain. I stumbled upon these really cool vortex fountains that some people have in their yards and thought it would be cool to have a desktop version.
My budget for the project was to keep it under $40 and was able to achieve this as you can see:
Planter Pot – $10
Submersible pump – $7
Tubing and connectors – $3
Plastic trays – $1
Acrylic vase – $10
Rocks – $4
Total = $35
The only necessary tools were a hand drill, some scissors and a hot glue gun.
I first drilled a small center hole in the plastic vase and a hole large enough for the right angle pipe joint to fit through near the edge. I then poked a bunch of holes in the tray and cut out the center of it. Next I hot glued the pipe joint into the hole. Hot glued the tray to the bottom of the vase. Attached the tubing from the joint to the pump. Filled the pot up with water and set the assembly on the rim of the pot.
To obtain the size of vortex I wanted, I then gradually increase the size of the center drain hole.
All in all I am really happy with the way it turned out. I will proudly display it on my desk at work!