Labs for the Mechatronic Systems QNET

Quanser QNET Mechatronic Systems Add-on Board with NI ELVIS.
Using this system-centric lab manual, students will gain hands on experience using, analyzing, and tuning a mechatronic system. Labs range from low level subsystems to high level system integration, concluding with a complex mechatronic system capable of completing complex line-following and decision-making tasks. Students will learn and experiment with fundamental concepts in vision, motion, kinematics, and control, and then apply them in more complex scenarios.
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  • Students will learn about the mechatronic system design methodology by exploring multiple levels of a complex robotic arm, from concepts like PWM and encoders to applications like image processing and manipulator control
  • Students will study and verify the functionality of subsystems by using LabVIEW to realize theoretical concepts like kinematics and techniques in vision processing
  • Students apply the mechatronic system design methodology to run a goal directed line following experiment


Level University
Topic Mechatronics
Style Lab Workbook
Prerequisite Skills Basic LabVIEW familiarity recommended, matrix level mathemathics



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Quanser QNET Mechatronic Systems Board

The Quanser QNET Mechatronic Systems Add-On Board is NI's most comprehensive solution to teaching mechatronics. This board includes a four-bar linkage system, DC motors, encoders, and a camera for system-level lab challenges on tasks such as vision, image processing, and low-level signal aspects...

Required Software

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  • NI ELVIS III Software Bundle (2018 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • NI ELVIS III Toolkit
    • LabVIEW Control Design & Simulation (Requires License)
    • Vision Acquisition Software (Requires License)
    • Vision Development Module (Requires License)

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