I am a 2nd year design engineering student working on a design project where we are tasked with automating the movement of a rainfall simulator. One of our design ideas consists of two small motors running perpendicular to each other with the movements based on a random number generator. I was told that this would be fairly easy if we used a Siemens Program Logic Controller, but we have a very limited budget so I thought I would check out other options.
I am not familiar with the Arduino or much of anything to do with programming so I thought it would be beneficial to ask for advice from some people who know what they are doing. I attached an initial sketch of the idea and a picture of the rainfall simulator to hopefully clarify what I am hoping to accomplish. The most the device can move from its rested state is only 0.5".
Is this a path worth working towards? Or is this not the proper choice of equipment?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!