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Design of Motion Sensing Pet Fountain for First Year Design Class

Study/Design Phase

Campbell University, Main Street, Buies Creek, NC, USA



Project Overview
Project Name: Design of Motion Sensing Pet Fountain for First Year Design Class
Location: Campbell University, Main Street, Buies Creek, NC, USA
Project Status: Study/Design Phase

Project Tags: College Project Design Class


Project Team

Disciplines That Worked on Project

Civil Engineer: Construction ManagementCivil Engineer: Water (Water conveyance & pumping)Software Engineer

Project Details
About this project
The Campbell University First Year Engineering Design group created and tested a prototype motion sensing pet fountain.
Who benefits from this project, and how?
Some cats prefer to drink moving water. The pumps for currently available cat fountains burn out too quickly since they run continuously. The goal of this project was to design a fountain that would only turn on when the cat is near. This benefits the cat from having clean, moving water and the owners from having a happy pet cat!

This design class project also taught first year engineering students about the design process. They learned how to identify the problem, define problems, gather data, identify constraints and criteria, develop and select alternatives, and build the model or prototype.
What's unique about this project?
An initial prototype was designed, built, and tested. Based on this testing, a second prototype was designed and tested with five cats and pet owners.

Funding & Costs
Project cost: $
Funding notes: The cost of materials was about $200.



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