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Building A Hands On Mechatronics Lab

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.129.1 - 5.129.10



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Stacy Marie Olaskowitz

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Shane T.J. Kemper

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Session 1566

Building a Hands-on Mechatronics Lab

Stacy Marie Olaskowitz, Shane T.J. Kemper California State University Sacramento


Practical hands-on experience is critical for the engineering student of the new millennium. The demand on the educators of today is to prepare students to meet the challenge that tomorrow’s industry will bring.

This paper presents a methodology used to design and build a mechatronics laboratory. It can help those involved with the responsibility of designing and constructing a mechatronics laboratory. The paper provides the reader with an “out of the box” strategy to meet a shortened laboratory implementation requirement, while providing students with a hands-on educational experience.

This paper presents general guidelines for designing a modular laboratory experimental environment. The laboratory designer, reader, will be provided with a methodology to achieve a laboratory environment covering a breadth of electromechanical applications.

Industrial and scholastic benchmarking are a few tools used in identifying the goals of the laboratory experiments. Additional goals of increasing student involvement, student communication and technical skills are also defined. The paper will address methods of involving the students during the construction process. It offers ways to involve the students to work together in multi-disciplinary teams, similar to a real-life work experience.

In short, the paper offers an innovative approach to start-up a mechatronics laboratory. It provides an approach to increase the educational experience of the mechanical engineering student and provide them with the skills to meet the demands of a dynamic industry.

Olaskowitz, S. M., & Kemper, S. T. (2000, June), Building A Hands On Mechatronics Lab Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8189

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