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How to make a dancing fountain

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When our customers want to know, how to make a dancing fountain, they turn to us for advice on their project. In this post we summarize what are the steps to be followed in order to get, in a technical and commercial way, the development of a dancing fountain. As guiding thread of this post, I will use the documentation of one of our latest projects.

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  1. Define the physical setting of the cybernetic or dancing fountain

    The fact of defining correctly the dancing fountain scenario determines the rest of the project. What I present below are the requirements that we need to start working on our musical fountain project.
    • Fountain nozzles: to start working we need to define the number, type, location, height and departure angle of all the water jets that are in the cybernetic fountain. The arrangement of the nozzles will be crucial so that we can then define one or another water choreography for the dancing fountain.
    • Water pumps. It is essential to consider the following points:
      1. Choosing between dry pumps or submersible pumps. The choice between one kind or another depends on the type of dancing fountain you're making.
      2. Nozzles fed by each water pump. This choice is critical for the further development of the aquatic choreography that could be performed by the dancing fountain.
      3. Choice of pump power: once we have chosen the type of pump (submerged or dry) and the nozzles, we choose the power of these bombs. This will be determined by the pressure and flow data that have to be provided to the nozzles. This information is contained in the product data sheet of each of our nozzles.
      4. Determine if the pumps will be controlled by a frequency converter or if instead will be direct starting. In cases where you want the water jets to ascend and descend in a controlled way, we will choose a frequency converter, whereas if this issue is not necessary, we will opt for a direct starting water pump. That reduces programming complexity and cheapens much the electric part of the project, as frequency converters are expensive items.
    • Solenoid valves: we must determine which nozzles will be controlled by solenoid valves (submersible or not) because this will determine the interactivity with each water jet and ultimately the dynamism of the musical fountain. Although the ideal choice is that each nozzle has its own solenoid valve, this can also be done by submersible pumps (as shown in the map of this project, due to the particular customer's choice) How to make a dancing fountain
    • Fountain lighting. When facing cybernetic fountain lighting, we must take into account the following considerations:
      1. Determine the type submersible lights: choosing between LED (white or RGB) or filament (white or color using filters) with the advantages and disadvantages of each two options.
      2. Deciding the layout of the underwater lights: the lights electric groups determine the possibilities of enlightenment, you can control each water jet color separately or perform different combinations. The more control you have over each light, more options when setting the musical fountain, but also the cost of the DMX Control Panel, will increase.
      3. Decide the number of lights that will go into the fountain so that, as a overall purpose, the decorative lighting exceeds the environmental.
      How to make a dancing fountain
    • Fountain accessories: All other accessories of the dancing fountain, common to any other facility such as the anemometer or level control, should be considered in order to design the control panel.
  2. 3D dancing water fountain animation

    3D fountain animationIs there a better way to sell a dancing fountain, that watching it running before installing it? In SafeRain we believe that it doesn't, that is why we offer this exclusive service for our Partners worldwide. This cutting-edge technology tool will allow you to present to your customers, how water will dance to the beat of the music in a 3D video.

    To develop the 3D video of your project we will need, in addition to the requirements listed above, the following information:

    • Pictures of the location where the musical fountain will be built. This is optional, you can always virtualize the dancing fountain in 3D without including a background, but there is no doubt that adding the location of the fountain will give more realism to dancing fountain 3D video.
    • Song needed for the musical choreography. For a musical fountain we need you to provide us a song that does not exceed 2 minutes. In those cases where the cybernetic fountain doesn't have music, we obviously don't need any song.
  3. DMX technology Control Panel Design

    When facing the design of a Control Panel for a cybernetic fountain, we must start by choosing between the DMX or PLC technology. Musical fountains control panel
    • Musical fountain: we will always use the DMX protocol by integrating a computer (or tablet PC) in the Control Panel. DMX512, often shortened to DMX (Digital MultipleX) is an electronic protocol used in lighting technologies to control shows lighting, allowing communication between the lights control equipment and light sources. In the case of musical fountains, we use the DMX protocol and specific software that allows us to integrate the musical choreography with water features and lights.

      Based on the detailed requirements at the beginning of this article we will develop the control panel to rule your dancing fountain.

    • Interactive fountain without music: depending on the complexity of the project we may use the PLC or DMX protocol. Usually we resort to DMX protocol to control a large number of elements used independently and to PLC in cases where there are more physical groupings of common elements.
    Anyway, SafeRains technical department always makes the decision based on technical and economic criteria that best suit your dancing fountain project.
  4. Preset the Software for a DMX Control Panel.

    Once designed and manufactured the Control Panel needed to control the cybernetic fountain, it is time to develop the water features that we have previously defined in the 3D video. At this point we can help you, leaving in our hands the following points:
      DMX control software
    • Setting the logical scene in the Software: Based on all project requirements, we configure the software that is integrated into the computer's control panel, so that all components in the dancing fountain project are set correctly in the program. We believe that this step will save you hours of work, for a task we are used to develop.
    • Implementation of a non musical show. Musical fountains usually run without music, music just sounds for specific events. For non-musical fountains and musical fountains operating without music, we define a show where water features are not supported by music, but the jets and lighting are synchronize themselves. This show will be repeated cyclically while the fountain is operating. It will be long enough so that the viewer is unable to remember the sequence.
    • Setting the Musical Water Show: Once configured the logical setting we have to program how we want the water jets to dance, depending on the chosen music. To do this, the software, based on a common time line to the music, lights and jets (pumps, frequency converters, or solenoid valves), developing operating sequences that will make all the components synchronized and totally coordinated. At this point is where creativity and experience of the programmer is fundamental. If you want, we put all our knowledge at your service.

We hope to have helped you to understand the steps that we must take to be able to market, develop and implement any project. All about how to make a dancing fountain.

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  • Guest
    Jim Hosford Friday, 21 November 2014

    Interesting article. Have you considered problems re the pump/solenoids/nozzles blocking with leaves, weed etc. or is it a closed system. We have experienced problems with high maintenance requirements with pumps and nozzles.

  • Miguel A. Velasco
    Miguel A. Velasco Monday, 24 November 2014

    Hello Jim,
    In this post we haven´t gone further in these kind of details but as you comment we always suggest to use a filter in the pumps according to the environment where the fountain (dancing or not) is installed.
    Thanks very much for your comment :-)
    Miguel A.Velasco

  • Noella
    Noella Thursday, 18 December 2014

    Beautiful. Admire your work very much.

  • Miguel A. Velasco
    Miguel A. Velasco Monday, 22 December 2014

    Hello Noella, thanks very much for your comment.
    Miguel A.Velasco

  • Guest
    Mudassir Monday, 23 March 2015

    look can i make it in my home garden ?? i mean by 2 or 3 pumps

  • Guest
    yogesh vyas Sunday, 05 July 2015

    Thanks for the all information.

  • Guest
    Ben Saturday, 01 August 2015

    Very impressive. Using your custom fountain animation software is it possible to import an environment from another program (i.e. 3DS Max, Revit, AutoCAD etc)? If so, which formats can be imported? Thanks

  • Guest
    James Friday, 25 September 2015

    I wish to learn how to design a dancing fountain. Do you offer any classes or workshops?

  • Miguel A. Velasco
    Miguel A. Velasco Monday, 28 September 2015

    Hello James,
    At the moment we don´t have any kind of workshops but if you are interested in this business you can fill the contact form and have the opportunity to visit our Factory where we have a musical fountain.
    Miguel A.Velasco

  • Guest
    Hannah Sunday, 28 February 2016

    Very interesting, I watched it for the first time in Dubai, I would like an engineer to create one for me, your advice is required, thank you.

  • Miguel A. Velasco
    Miguel A. Velasco Monday, 29 February 2016

    Hello Hanna,

    I invite you to fill out the web form and one of our engeneers will contact you to know more information about your needs.

    Thanks very much for your comment.

  • Guest
    vikram Wednesday, 02 November 2016

    Hi sir i am doing my engineering in computer science . I want to do project on dancing fountain through plc . Will u please help me that what components are needed and procedure orelse design. Can u mail me the details

  • Guest
    Ahmed Sunday, 24 April 2016

    Very very very Nice

  • Guest
    amani mushi Wednesday, 14 September 2016

    Dear Miguel
    Am intresteed to build a business of fountains in Tanzania east Africa.pls assit

  • Juan Antonio Zamora
    Juan Antonio Zamora Thursday, 15 September 2016

    Hello Mr Mushi,

    I invite you to fill out the web form with information about your Company and one of our sales consultants will reply you as soon as possible.

    Thanks very much for your interest ;-)

  • Guest
    pete Saturday, 17 September 2016

    What's the smallest practical size for a dry cybernetic fountain and what sort of price range are we talking about?

  • Juan Antonio Zamora
    Juan Antonio Zamora Tuesday, 20 September 2016

    Dear Pete,
    We encourage you to fill the contact form and you will be contacted by the nearest consultant agent as soon as possible.
    My best regards,

  • Guest
    Dave Cates Friday, 21 October 2016


    Do your systems expose an API for programmatic control other than via your own software?


  • Juan Antonio Zamora
    Juan Antonio Zamora Monday, 24 October 2016

    Hello Dave,

    With the proper knowledge and components, our products can be integrated in any control system, if you need further details, do not hesitate and fill the contact form available on our website, you will be contacted by our sales and technical department asap.

    Juan Antonio Zamora

  • Guest
    vikram Saturday, 17 December 2016

    i would like to do this fountain in our college for special attraction . will u please guide the students how to do this project

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