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Mechatronic systems are all around us from industrial robot arms and autonomous cars to home washing machines. Unfortunately, these types of systems are often either too complex, abstracted, or dangerous to be used for education. The Quanser Mechatronic Systems Board is designed to provide hands-on experience with a complete mechatronic system in a safe, and academically appropriate setting. The system is composed of two DC motors which direct-drive a five-bar linkage. At the end of the manipulator linkage is a downward-facing camera. Together these parts allow the user to delve into the operation of a mechatronic system at every level. The QNET Mechatronic Systems board is the only solution that takes students from component-level knowledge of sensors, actuators, and interfacing fundamentals to a system-level understanding of mechatronics design.

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Complete System: A complete mechatronic system from sensor integration and motor control to image processing and state machines
Open and Customizable: Access and customize all levels of the interfacing and control software using LabVIEW
Comprehensive Courseware: Includes fully customizable ABET-aligned workbooks, software, and additional resources
Accelerate Discovery: Learn the fundamentals of interfacing, manipulator control, image processing, and state machines

  • Two brushed DC motors with high-resolution encoders
  • Full-color digital camera with support for NI-IMAQ toolset
  • Customizable application workspace with magnetic paper holder
  • Goal-directed line following
  • Image processing
    • Image tresholding
    • Blob detection
    • Pattern matching
  • State machines
  • Manipulator control
    • PWM generation
    • Encoder decoding
    • Inverse kinematics
    • Forward kinematics
    • PID position control

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