Public Demo--SlugFest 2006: The Good, The Bad, and the Slugly
Friday, 17/Mar/2006, Jack Baskin Engineering 152, 6:30-8 PM
Flyer for event here
Last Year's Presentation
Last year, the class was tasked with building a droid to shoot their way through the death-star in a the final project, Episode III: Revenge of the Slugs. The presentation by the four groups were captured on video, and can be seen here.
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 (ME210/EE118) 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
codec. A Mac OSX version of the codec can be found here that allows playback of the files.
- Lecture #0, 05-Jan-2006, Introduction
- Lecture #1, 10-Jan-2006, Events and Services.
- Lecture #2, 12-Jan-2006, State Machines.
- Lecture #3, 17-Jan-2006, Sensors.
- Lecture #4, 19-Jan-2006, OpAmps (non-ideal).
- Lecture #5, 24-Jan-2006, Comparators.
- Lecture #6, 26-Jan-2006, Statics and CAD.
- Lecture #7, 31-Jan-2006, Digital I/O.
- Lecture #7, 2-Feb-2006, DC Motors.
- Lecture #8, 7-Feb-2006, Steppers.
- Lecture #9, 9-Feb-2006, Steppers (con't).
- Lecture #10, 14-Feb-2006, Timers and ADC's.
- Lecture #11, 16-Feb-2006, Mechanical Properties.
- Lecture #12, 21-Feb-2006, Design Reviews.
- Lecture #13, 23-Feb-2006, Project Management and Modular C.
- Lecture #14, 28-Feb-2006, Filtering
- Lecture #15, 02-Mar-2006, Hierarchical State Machines
- Lecture #16, 07-Mar-2006, Noise Isolation
- Lecture #17, 09-Mar-2006, Control (Part A)
- Lecture #17, 09-Mar-2006, Control (Part B)
- Midterm Review, 09-Feb-2006, Midterm Review
- SolidWorks Demo, 25-Jan-2006, SolidWorks Demo
- Supplementary Lecture, 06-Feb-2006, Basic Electronics
- Supplementary Lecture, 10-Feb-2006, Basic Semiconductors
- Supplementary Lecture, 12-Feb-2006, Basic OpAmps
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 (OpAmp,Comparators)
- Lab 2: Rapid Prototyping (Foam Core, Laser Cutter)
- Lab 3: Controlling DC Motors
- Final Project: SLUGFEST-2006: The Good, The Bad, and the Slugly
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.
- DC Motor Problem: complete and bring SOLVED to lecture 7-Feb-05
- Homework #1 Solution
Class Presentation Slides
The class lectures use the digital ink capabilities of the
TabletPC. The ink is saved back into the presentation, and
the presentation is saved to the website for convenience. This year we are using Classroom Presenter rather than PowerPoint. It apprears to be far more stable, and has several nice utilities for the TabletPC. The presentation files are in the .CSD format, and you will need to download Presenter to view them. Presenter can be downloaded here.
- Lecture #0: Introduction
to Mechatronics, 05-Jan-2005
- Lecture #1: Event Driven Programming, 10-Jan-2006
- Lecture #2: Basic Sensors, 12-Jan-2006
- Lecture #3: Basic Sensors, 19-Jan-2006
- Lecture #4: Statics, 26-Jan-2006
- Lecture #5: Mechanical CAD, 31-Jan-2006
- Lecture #6: Digital I/O, 02-Feb-2006
- Lecture #7: Solenoids/DC Motors, 02-Feb-2006
- Lecture #8: Stepper Motors, 07-Feb-2006
- Lecture #9: Timers and ADC, 14-Feb-2006
- Lecture #10: Mechanical Properties, 16-Feb-2006
- Lecture #11: Project Management, 21-Feb-2006
- Lecture #12: Modular "C", 23-Feb-2006
- Lecture #13: Project Design Review, 23-Feb-2006
- Lecture #14: Filtering, 28-Feb-2006
- Lecture #15: Noise, 02-Mar-2006
- Lecture #16: Control, 09-Mar-2006
- Lecture #17: Intro to GPS, 16-Mar-2006
- Lecture #18: Communications, 18-Mar-2006
- Supplementary Lecture: Basic Electronics, 06-Feb-2006
- Supplementary Lecture: Basic Semiconductors, 08-Feb-2006
- Supplementary Lecture: Basic OpAmps, 12-Feb-2006
- Midterm Review: Midterm Review, 09-Feb-2006
General Class Information
- Lecture times:
- Tuesday-Thursday, 12:00 - 1:45 PM, Baskin Engineering Rm. 156
- Class Webforum:
- WebForum - for announcements, general
discussion, and help
- Associated Lab:
- Jack Baskin Engineering, 115, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Name: Eric Decker (email@example.com)
- Phone: (831) 459-2140
- Office: E2-316
- Office Hours:
- TBD, and by appointment