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"NI LabVIEW and its open integration with engineering tools for mechanical design, multiphysics, and electrical simulation allows engineers and scientists to experience and validate their designs early in the design process and create a high-fidelity virtual prototype. Seamless deployment to embedded control and monitoring hardware allows design teams to streamline their product development process."

Engineers and scientists use virtual prototyping to design, optimize, validate, and visualize their products digitally and evaluate different design concepts before incurring the cost of physical prototypes. Mechanical, electrical, and control engineers can use NI LabVIEW system design software to collaborate and assess the operation of moving parts, validate control algorithms, simulate the electrical operation of control circuits, and simulate system behavior within the environment it needs to operate in. By doing this, they can visualize realistic machine operation, estimate the cycle time throughput, and glean important information about the dynamic behavior of the mechanical design. They can also evaluate the system behavior of analog circuitry in combination with digital control logic and perform accurate point-by-point simulation.

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NI LabVIEW system design software combines tools for virtual prototyping and simulation to improve visibility and decision making early in the design cycle. As an open programming environment, LabVIEW is making it possible to integrate pre-existing algorithms and source code, or to programmatically interact with other engineering tools using a variety of formats (.NET, .m, ActiveX, DLLs, and so on). A strong and growing group of engineers are doing just that in the LabVIEW community, and posting their works as add-ons in the LabVIEW Tools Network. With a seamless deployment path to embedded control platforms, LabVIEW code developed with these simulation and modeling tools, pre-existing code, or partner add-ons can be transferred and used in the final design.

LabVIEW Robotics and Mechatronics Software Bundle

NI LabVIEW Robotics and Mechatronics Software Bundle provides a graphical system design approach for custom intelligent machine design and robotics applications. You can utilize various built-in libraries for rapid prototyping and simulation environment to validate your system design.

  • Design intelligent algorithm for distributed systems
  • Utilize high-level function API for navigation, kinematics, and motion control.
  • Design and validate system through virtual simulation

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Embedded Control System

You can deploy the control algorithms designed and validated using virtual prototyping technologies to embedded motion control platforms such as NI CompactRIO. This helps you reuse the application within the design phase for the final deployment.

  • Rugged, reconfigurable motion control system
  • FPGA parallel processing capabilities to optimize your control algorithms
  • C Series drive interface modules to connect to stepper and servo drives
  • Stepper drives and motors for a wide range of applications
  • Connector block connectivity to third-party drives and motors

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Benefits of Virtual Prototyping

  • Optimize the design before building a physical prototype
  • Identify design issues across mechanical, electrical, and software boundaries
  • Visualize realistic machine operation and system behavior
  • Design and validate control programming

Disruptive Technologies for Mechatronics Design

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