To control it from a PC you would need a control module (plug-in or USB controlled) with one addressable output for each solenoid. You may need an amp to drive the solenoids from the controller output, depending upon the controller's current capability.im going to do a small one first with the budget ive got or it could be upto 500$AU i guess. im going to use micro valves and use a microcontroller to control the valves which recieves a bitmap image from the PC. but im confused about the process putting it together. The more technical parts
I would make a bar with always open holes. Then use solenoids to divert the water as required to make the pattern. Water pressures will be constant and there is no danger of hammering. No seals to go bad.I am thinking using miniature valves connected to hoses would be rather complicated and costly. I would design this as a container at the top with one valve supplying water to maintain water level and then designing small metal plates moved by miniature solenoids, the metal plates sandwiched between 2 rubber frames full of holes, the plates would open and close the holes.
What valves ?It may be if the flow and pressures are not enough. The system would have to mantain a pressure even with all valves open. Andy
The holes/jets are always open. Once the water is airborn the unwanted streams are defelected into a collection system and not seen by views.3v0 said:I would make a bar with always open holes. Then use solenoids to divert the water as required to make the pattern. Water pressures will be constant and there is no danger of hammering. No seals to go bad.