Coin Dispenser

As part of my IPD 511 (Creative Thinking & Functional Iteration in Design) class, we had to design a dispenser. I chose to build a coin dispenser that could dispense one or multiple coins at a time. The inspiration came from watching food cart vendors return change to their customers. This was mostly a warm-up project and things should probably get more  interesting as we dive deeper into the semester.

Ideation 1

Ideation 2

Final Prototype

The design uses a combination of laser cut acrylic and ABS parts. The coin tower consists of balsa wood rods and the retracting mechanism uses rubber tubing.

(Last updated: 4 May 2011)