Tipping Bucket

by kulyk, published

Tipping Bucket by kulyk May 6, 2013


Updated tipping bucket, created in OpenSCAD. This version uses straight edges instead of rounded to save on plastic.

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  1. Print the part
  2. Drill the hole out to fit some kind of rod, I used aileron control rod from a hobby shop threaded for about 1/2 inch from one end and smooth for the rest cut to length
  3. Epoxy a magnet at whatever location is convenient to trigger a reed switch
  4. Drill a hole in a CD spindle through the center spindle to bolt on your rod
  5. Add a funnel to the CD spindle's lid and point it at the center of the tipping bucket
  6. Connect the reed switch to a micro controller and do some math to calculate rain fall. rainfall = <# of tips> * <volume per tip> / <surface area of funnel>
  7. Profit