Design Review 1 – Drink Maker


For my final project I am planning on making an automated mixed-drink dispenser. I got the idea from my roommate who is a bartender and has been thinking about making something like this for quite a while. If it is successful he plans to try it out at his bar. So far, I have only been able to find one adequate commercially available version of this project:


This machine by Keurig has a very nice modern-minimalist aesthetic which I hope to use for my own project. Unfortunately, I lack the tools and ability to use actual stainless in my design and so instead Im planning on using a stainless steel veneer that I can get at home depot, which will hopefully allow me to achieve this aesthetic.

The drink maker will be comprised of 2 layers: the bottom layer will house all the electronics and heat sinks (for cooling) and the top layer will have all the containers for the drinks.

The pink walls is the insulation that will hopefully keep the container cold. The black boxes on the bottom are the heat sinks for cooling it all down, and in the front, under where the drink is placed, there is a tray that will catch any falling liquid.

For the construction of this machine, I will have to combine several aspects including the drink storage, the pump mechanism, the cooling system, and the electrical components. These will all be quite difficult so I’m growing more skeptical if Im going to be able to complete this ambitious project.


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  • Emily Jordan
    May 2, 2020 8:28 pm

    Awesome idea! Looks tough, but I’m impressed that you already have a design in place. What’s your favorite drink?

  • Hailee Pritchard
    April 22, 2020 7:26 pm

    This is such an innovative project idea! You seam to have the construction very well laid out, and I am impressed with your design (this goes way over what I can even imaging of making). Would it only be used for cocktails, or do you plan on making it a more dynamic drink maker? Can’t wait to see how it turned out!

  • Paul Tapsall
    April 18, 2020 1:00 pm

    Hi Davis! I love this project and think it will serve you well in the future! Any specific drinks you plan on making with it? Are there any problems you have run into thus far?


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