Automatic beer pourer was hacked together from a bit of everything

beer-conveyor

This thing is really remarkable. It’s a beer draft system that automatically fills and distributes to your party guests. The approach is something of an industrial revolution for parties. A hopper feeds cups to the tap; once filled they are whisked off to thirsty guests using a conveyor belt system.

Many of the parts come from a washing machine that the team scrapped for the build — most notably the motor which drives the belt. But pretty much every part of it is salvaged. For instance, the conveyor belt that transports the full glasses was made from gluing sections of bicycle inner tubes together. To help ease the transfer of a cup from the filling station onto that belt a series of very long cable ties were attached to a pole. The tails from those ties act as a brush to stabilize the cup as an arm pushes it onto the conveyor. The best way to see all of this is to watch the entire clip embedded after the jump.

10 thoughts on “Automatic beer pourer was hacked together from a bit of everything

  1. Can you claim “not one glass of beer was harmed in these tests”?
    That motor is so way over powered for the belt system. Beware of stickey belt startup.

    1. Hah yeah, the belt actually needs to be washed down for the night or the next morning it’s all sticky from dry beer (eww). And the motor is ridiculously overpowered, but nobody’s gotten their fingers stuck in the belt yet!

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