Prepare Students for Mechatronics

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At its core, mechatronics is a design methodology that was realized to optimize the creation of complex products for time and cost. With the rapidly increasing demand of more complex solutions on an ever shortening timeline, the next generation of engineers have to be equipped with the skills to quickly address these problems. They must follow a process of Design, Prototype and Deploy as is done in industry to develop within restrictions more efficiently. Let’s take a look at the tools that can be used to prepare students for this methodology.

Table of Contents

  1. Design and Simulate in One Environment
  2. Rapidly Prototype Designs with Real Hardware in the Lab
  3. Create Real Systems Faster with Industry Grade Tools

1. Design and Simulate in One Environment

Explore Design as a part of the full Mechatronics Process

What makes the Mechatronics Design Methodology so powerful is its focus on iterative design made feasible in an effective timeframe through software based modeling and simulation. In an effort to better understand the solution that will be built, it is essential to take the time to realize a mathematical model of the system so test of the dynamic and steady state response can be done. With a host of differential equation solvers simulation loops and examples designed around common models, the Control Design and Simulation Toolkit and LabVIEW aim to further reduce the time necessary for Design and Simulation.


Control Design and Simulation What You Get

Integrate measurements with design for system identification and model design and calibration. Then deploy your algorithm to myRIO or NI ELVIS RIO Control Module for rapid control prototyping.

  • Classical
  • Kalman Filter
  • LQR
  • Model Predictive Control
  • Matlab Integration

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2. Rapidly Prototype Designs with Real Hardware in the Lab

Learn more about Prototyping

The ability to test designs on real world plants only serves to accelerate the mechatronics design process. Now you have two choices when enhancing your lab experience with the power, speed and determinism of a realtime processor integrated into your instrumentation workbench through NI ELVIS and the NI ELVIS RIO Control Module. Prototype and discover with complete, high fidelity systems from Quanser or create your own engaging experience with the Mechatronics Prototyping board!

QNET Mechtronics Systems Mechatronics Prototyping

  • A Complete Lab Solution that incorporates a full robotic arm with a camera at a fraction of the cost of competitive robotic arms.
  • ABET Accredited Courseware that focuses on the design of a Mechtronic systems and the tasks associated.
  • Complete Code and Getting Started Material

  • Design your lab your way with a design platform built to allow for hardware models to be integrated with sensors and actuators controled by the NI ELVIS RIO Control Module.
  • Take advantage of ready made projects built in the Enable web portal, following a structure that builds on fundamental topics to realize entry level complexity solutions.
  • Design with Pitsco Tetrix Prime standard pieces or 3D print your own to achieve customized hardware systems. 

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3. Create Real Systems Faster with Industry Grade Tools

Examine the Deploy stage in more detail

Students should have the ability to Do Engineering Faster, anywhere including outside of the lab. This need is met with fully integrated portable lab hardware like myRIO. Using the same techniques learned from the classroom and lab, students can proceed with certainty into Capstone and Senior design courses.


myRIO Courseware Solutions


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