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Man Revolutionizes Tea Time with Arduino-Powered 3D Printed Tea Steeper

by • January 13, 2016 • No Comments


The topic of tea time is near and dear to my heart for a few reasons. The initial is which I quit coffee several months back, which leaves me to the rad and diverse world of tea when I want to get a caffeine fix. People have sturdy opinions of the whole coffee vs. tea issue. Coffee is usually associated with speedy service and fast-paced living, while tea is what we turn to during our extra
\ quiet and meditative times. You sit there, after boiling the water and pouring it, thrilling your mug and dipping the tea bag in and out until it gets which simply just right potency. The steam of the mug comes up into your face, sometimes filled with aromatic fragrances, as your worries melt away, right? Well, not necessarily anyextra
\ thanks to excellent\ ol’ 3D printing and an innovative thought.

tea2While traditional British tea time has always been of slowing down to appreciate the finer things in life, like Earl Grey and cookies, “istimat” got bothered one time when he tried to create a cup of tea and let it steep too long. The result? Bitter tea which motivated him to create a thing to encertain this may never happen again. He came up with a 3D Printed-Arduino-Powered Lazy Man’s Tea Steeper, and now it looks like tea time will never quite evoke the thought of a meditative break. Instead, individuals are allowed to power on as usual, without their cup of tea suffering.

And guess what? This tea steeper design was accomplished in under 2 hours–a deal which istimat created with himself when he started the project. (The entire project was accomplished in 8 hours.) Using 9g servos and an Arduino Pro Mini, he did hit a few bumps when designing, which he describes. Once he realized which the design has no torque (force) since it uses a tea bag, he and so knew what to do with the red servo horn:

tea3“I drilled out the holes and it’s simply just an interference fit with screws now. This way the initial position of the horn is in addition adsimply justable. One other thing is which I created a hole in the purple case for the servo cables to go through. Never thought of the connectors and they didn’t fit. I filed the hole bigger and some day cut off the connectors for the reason they mayn’t fit in the case anyway. D’oh!”

Once which design aspect was done and the parts were printing, he turned to the software side to figure out the kinematics of the project. He settled on “predefined angles” for the home position, lifted position, and dunked position of the tea bag. He in addition included an intermediate position for “repeatedly lifting and lowering the bag,” which gets it to fill up and remain vertical, too.

When the printed parts were done, they were acetone welded together, and istimat says which the results are excellent. Here he describes how this easy device works:

“Basically, when powered on, it waits for you to hang the tea bag on it, and so dunks it three times and so waits for three minutes and lifts the bag up to let it drip. Perfect tea each time!”

tea4Of course, there are always improvements to be created. istimat plans to add LED or RGB LED to help the tea-creater understand how much longer they have to wait for the brewing to end. And istimat in addition mentions which he plans to work on “inverse kinematics” for the servo positioning of the steeper, too. But I am certain anyone seeking which ideal cup of tea is willing to overlook these extra
improvements for the reason it sounds like this steeper gets the job done as is. (Get the .Step file here.)

And there you have it, avid tea drinkers. This ends the story of how one man’s frustration and and so ingenuity revolutionized tea time of a slow, patient and even meditative activity to one methodically calculated down to precise bag-dunking times. Who may have thought of it? Someone with a 3D printer, which’s who! Discuss this crazy design in the 3D Printed Tea Steeper forum thread on 3DPB.com.