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Automated French Press

Fall 2019


Design and build a machine that automatically makes and serves french pressed coffee


  • French press coffee has never been automatically made before


  • Won Best Prototype Award at CMU's Senior Design Expo

  • Was able to brew 16 oz. of coffee in under 5 minutes


Final Report

Modeled Press system using CAD 

Testing & calculating Press force

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Rudimentary circuit

Built circuit and wrote Arduino code. The circuit included components such as:

  • 120V heater that was adapted to function with Arduino

  • Peristaltic water pump 

  • Stepper motor and driver

  • DC & vibrational motors

  • Step down voltage converter

  • Relays and transistors

  • Touchscreen display

  • Resistor & voltage divider


Arduino Code

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