Welcome to the Mechatronics Design Lab for Spring 2010.
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20 Feb. 2010: PCBs have arrived. If you submitted a design, it is at your lab station.
Please do not let students from other classes borrow materials from the lab, as they tend to not return items.
Whiteboard markers and other tools have disapeared from lab because of this.
The lab will have to be clean by the end of this Friday's checkoff (23 April). Each group will be responsible for cleaning
their own stations. This includes puttinng away tools, parts, cables, etc. Please be aware that you will need to clean up your
tool boxes when you turn them in at the end of the semester. If you have spare parts that you are not planning to use, begin
putting those away in the correct bins.
In addition to cleaning your lab station, each group has been randomly assigned to another task.
team 8: machine shop - General clean up of the machine shop. Put away tools/drill bits/etc.
team 9: cables - Put away scope cables, alligator clips. These need to be organized by type and color.
team 3: common lab benches - Clean up the common benches. No tools or parts or spare papers should be left on the benches, and
the lab benches must be wiped down if there are marks.
team 2: floor - Pick up and wires/cables/parts that are on the floor and put them away. Throw away any trash.
team 1: organize tools - Organize the common tool boxes at the front of the room. Red tool box should keep different types of
tools in different drawers. Allen keys and screwdrivers need to organzied by size.
team 7/team 5: organize parts (2 groups) - Organizing the miscellaneous bins.
team 4: organize shelves - Organize the shelves at the front of the class. Spools of wire, solder, solder clamps should be put
together, not randomly scattered in lab. There should be nothing on the window shelf (except monitor and class info) and the
If you need parts, tell me soon. I will be submitting an order Wednesday (21 April) morning, and this will most likely to be last chance
to receive anything before Round 2. However, you can still order parts for your car if you plan to continue working for the
Op amps have been placed in the OP AMP bin, not the LM6144 bin. These are LM324N chips since the LM6144 was out of stock at
digikey. Please make sure that you are using the correct pinouts. Also the LM6644 op amp is available. These come in a much
smaller package than the LM6144 and if you plan to use this, ask me for the chip and the SOIC adaptor.
18 Feb. 2010: The format for Checkpoint 4 has been changed. See newsgroup.
12 Feb. 2010: Checkpoint 4 requires the use of the battery to drive the motor. In order to see that your circuitry draws
at least 30 amps when stalled, we need to see the voltage drop across the motor when it is directly connected to the power supply
and then the voltage drop across the motor when it is run off the battery.
9 Feb. 2010: PCB designs due Tuesday, 16 Feb. by 5pm. Please limit your PCB layouts to 4.5"x6"
8 Feb. 2010: Oliver's Wednesday Office Hours have been moved to Monday.
2 Feb. 2010: ucb.class.ee192 newsgroup Thunderbird directions. directions
27 Jan. 2010: Each group has been given 2 phillips screwdrivers and wire strippers.
These are yours to use for the remainder of the semester.
You will need to return these along with the other parts handed out at Checkpoint 0.
Additional screwdrivers have been added to the shared toolbox.
Welcome to the 2010 site! The site is
still being updated. Upcoming announcements will be posted here. Please send comments and suggestions to Oliver.
| The Mechatronics Design Lab is a design project course
focusing on application of theoretical principles in electrical
engineering and computer science to control of mechatronic systems
incorporating sensors, actuators and intelligence.
This course gives you a chance to use your knowledge of
(or learn about) power electronics, filtering and signal processing, control, electromechanics, microcontrollers, and real-time embedded software in designing a racing robot.
The class project is to design racing robots which can follow an embedded wire over
a curving and self-crossing path at speeds greater than 3 meters per second.
Each team starts with a 1/10th-scale RC car platform and a CPU/FPGA board (already built), and designs sensors, electronics, and control algorithms, and determines an optimal strategy. Vehicles individually follow a 100 meter course, staying on track and avoiding obstacles. (In 2000, the winning speeds were over 2 meters/second). The contest is sponsored by National Semiconductor. There will be a trophy and other prizes for the winning teams and schools.
The course project requires students to consider real-world constraints such as limited volume, payload, electrical power, processing power and time. Oral and written reports will be required justifying design choices. Grading will be based upon design checkpoints, the reports and a final exam. A portion of the grade will be determined by vehicle performance and robustness.
|| The class project is to design racing robots which can follow an
embedded wire over a curving and self-crossing path at speeds greater
than 3 meters per second.
How much work is it to build a robot?
Prerequisites CS150, EECS120 or equivalent, C programming experience. (2 out of 3 is ok if teamed up with other students who have those classes)
Letter grade or P/NP.