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DougCostlow

Pet Feeder

by DougCostlow Nov 9, 2012
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I like the simplicity of this and agree to the openendedness of how it can be controlled. However not that it is crucial in this application but could you think of a simple way (without additional electronics) to seal off the reservoir of pet food when the system is not dispensing it? Wish I had this in person to take a look myself for a suitable way todo that. Great work.

Nice work!  (Now I want a CNC machine :)

Some notes for your future tinkering:

  • I found I had to add extra weight in my box (5lb).  One day I came back to it moved a few feet away.
  • When we were out for a week, the cats decided they wanted to find out how it worked.  I hadn't closed up the control wiring yet and they had a field day :)
  • One of the cats learned to scoop food from the auger front, so I had to cover the upper portion.
  • As you see associated with my design, I needed a slight lip/spout to help kibble flow to the dish, rather than just free-falling.

Thanks, I'll post a video once I decide how I'm going to control the feeder and do some testing

OK, you just solved a serious problem. My wife isn't sure about the amount I've plonked down on a Makerbot 2 (still to be delivered!), but this will sell it 100%!