Public Demo @ 5PM, Thursday 9-Jun-05 in E2-192
Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering ("mecha" for mechanisms), electronic engineering ("tronics" for electronics), and software engineering. The purpose of this interdisciplinary engineering field is the study of automata from an engineering perspective and serves the purposes of controlling advanced hybrid-systems such as production systems, synergy-drives, planetary-rovers, automotive subsystems such as anti-block system, spin-assist and every day equipment such as autofocus cameras, video, hard disks, cd-players, washing machines, lego-matics etc.
Mechatronics is centred on mechanics, electronics and computing which, combined, make possible the generation of simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile systems.
The word "mechatronics" was first coined by Mr. Tetsuro Moria, a senior engineer of a Japanese company, Yaskawa, in 1969. Mechatronics may alternatively be referred to as "electromechanical systems," or as "smart products."
This course is based on a the Smart Product Design sequence (ME218A, B, C), and the one quarter Mechatronics class (ME118) offered at Stanford by the Smart Product Design Lab, headed by Dr. Ed Carryer.
I would like to acknowledge the tremendous help of Prof. Ed Carryer of Stanford University in teaching the subject matter to me, for all of his help with the slides, the software libraries, and the electronic hardware, and lastly for pioneering this video capture technology, and helping me to set this course up. Without his help and inspiration, this class would not be here.
Index of class resources
General Class Information class and section
times, instructor and TA information
Lecture Video Video files of the lectures,
and download information for the right codec.
Handouts homework problem sets, homework
solutions, other helpful handouts
WebForum - for announcements, general
discussion, and help
The technology to record these videos is supported by a grant from
the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), and it is an experiment. Feedback
as to the utility, and the usability of these videos would be highly
appreciated. The basic hardware required is a tablet PC with the Office
Tablet PC extensions, and a standard headset to capture the lecturers
voice. Additionally, a program called Camtasia is used to capture the
entire sequence into a standard movie format that can then be viewed
at a later time for review and additional study.
You may view these lectures at any time, but do not distribute them
beyond the UCSC environment. These lectures have been created using
software, and can be played through the Camtasia player software, downloadable
for free from techsmith here,
or through the standard windows media player with the techsmith
- Lecture #0, 29-Mar-2005, Introduction
- Lecture #1, 31-Mar-2005, Microcontrollers and Event Driven Programming.
- Lecture #2, 5-Apr-2005, Introduction to Sensors.
- Lecture #3, 7-Apr-2005, Sensors (con't).
- Lecture #4, 12-Apr-2005, OpAmps (non-ideal).
- Lecture #5, 14-Apr-2005, Comparators and Statics.
- Lecture #6, 19-Apr-2005, Statics and CAD/CAM/CAE
- Lecture #7, 21-Apr-2005, Digital IO
- Lecture #8, 26-Apr-2005, DC Motors
- Lecture #9, 28-Apr-2005, Stepper Motors
- Lecture #10, 03-May-2005, Timers
- Lecture #11, 06-May-2005, Mechanics and Material Properties
- Lecture #12, 12-May-2005, Gears and Project Management
- Lecture #13, 14-May-2005, Preliminary Design Reviews
- Lecture #14, 17-May-2005, Modular Software in C
- Lecture #15, 19-May-2005, Noise Isolation
- Lecture #16, 24-May-2005, Intro to GPS
- Lecture #17, 26-May-2005, No Lecture, Project Implementation
- Lecture #18, 31-May-2005, Progress on Projects
- Lecture #19, 2-Jun-2005, IO Board and Final Review
This is a lab class. That means that almost everything you will learn will be
by doing, and that doing will be in the labs. The Pre-Labs are serious, as they
are there to ensure that you don't hurt yourselves, or damage the equipment. Make
sure that you have understood what is going on, and use you colleagues for guidance. Expect
to put in long hours doing the labs, but they will definitely be worth it in the end.
- Lab 0: The Roach (Event Driven Programming)
- Lab 1: Basic Circuits (Sensors and Sensing)
- Lab 2: Fabulous Foamcore (Rapid prototyping)
- Lab 3: Driving DC Motors (Steppers and Brushed DC)
- Final Project: The Death Star (Episode III: Revenge of the Slugs)
Homeworks are handed out in class, and are due back either in class or in
my office, 337B Engineering 2, at 6 PM on the following
week. Homeworks will only be accepted at the beginning of class, not
at the end of class. Homeworks turned in late will be receive half the
total points once the solution set has been posted. Cooperation and
collaboration on the homeworks is encouraged, but this is NOT
licence to copy. The work you turn in should be your own.
- Homework #1:
- Homework #1 Solution
Class PowerPoint Lectures
The class powerpoint lectures use the digital ink capabilities of the
TabletPC. The ink is saved into the black powerpoint presentation, and
the presentation is saved to the website for convinience. Note that
there seems to be a large scale degredation in quality of the ink as
it is saved into the documents.
- Lecture #1: Introduction
to Mechatronics, 29-Mar-2005
- Lecture #2: Event Driven Programming, 31-Mar-2005
- Lecture #3: Sensors, 5-Apr-2005
- Lecture #4: OpAmps and Comparators, 12-Apr-2005
- Lecture #5: Statics and Mechanics, 14-Apr-2005
- Lecture #6: CAD/CAM/CAE, 19-Apr-2005
- Lecture #7: Digital IO, 21-Apr-2005
- Lecture #8: DC Motors, 26-Apr-2005
- Lecture #9: Stepper Motors, 28-Apr-2005
- Lecture #10: Timers and A/D, 03-May-2005
- Lecture #11: Mechanics and Materials, 06-May-2005
- Lecture #12: Project Management, 10-May-2005
- Lecture #13: Preliminary Design Review, 12-May-2005
- Lecture #14: Modular Programming in C, 17-May-2005
- Lecture #15: Noise Isolation, 19-May-2005
- Lecture #16: Introduction to GPS, 24-May-2005
- Lecture #17: Introduction to Controls, 26-May-2005
- Lecture #18: Project Progress, 31-May-2005
- Lecture #19: IO Board, 2-Jun-2005
General Class Information
- Lecture times:
- Tuesday-Thursday, 4:00 - 5:45 PM, Baskin Engineering Rm. 372
- Class Webforum:
- WebForum - for announcements, general
discussion, and help
- Associated Lab:
- Jack Baskin Engineering, 150, times TBD
- The Art of Electronics, 2nd Ed., Horowitz and Hill, Cambridge University Press, 1989
- Mechanical Devices for the Electronics Experimenter, Rorabaugh, TAB Books, 1995
- Name: Gabriel Hugh
- Phone: 831-459-3054
- Office: Engineering 2, 337B
- Instructor Office Hours:
- Tuesday-Thursday, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, and by appointment
- Teaching Assistants:
- Name: Rob Kelbley (email@example.com)
- Name: Eric Decker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Phone: (831) 459-2140
- Office: E2-316
- Office Hours:
- TBD, and by appointment