Introductory Mechatronics and Controls Labs for myRIO


The experiments in this lab set introduce students to introductory concepts in mechatronics and controls using myRIO and LabVIEW. These materials are designed to be used as a supplement the myRIO Starter Kit. Three laboratory manuals were developed using components from the myRIO Project Guide. The intent was to provide students with hands-on experience in building software (VIs) to control a system (dc motor) using electric tools (sensors).

Together with National Instruments, University of Alabama - Birmingham (UAB), started developments of a new academic track "Mechatronic Systems Engineering with Application to Vehicle and Robotics Engineering” in the Mechanical Engineering Department. As the first step, UAB included LabVIEW and myRIO in the ME360 System Modeling and Controls undergraduate course in Spring 2014.

The objectives of ME 360 include modeling and analysis of multi-domain mechatronic systems and gaining exposure to hardware-implementation issues and key interfaces in the design and function of mechatronic systems. Sample labs from this course are avaialable here for download.

Download Example Labs (2 MB)

Topics Covered


Part I: Introduction to LabVIEW

Part II: Introduction to myRIO


Manual DC Motor On - Off Control

Hall Effect Sensor for DC Motor On - Off Control

Light Sensor for DC Motor On - Off Control

Download Contains

PowerPoint Presentation 

Three Lab Exercise Manuals in PDF

LabVIEW VI Files



Required Software


NI LabVIEW myRIO Module


Required Hardware


NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit