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Development Of A Mechatronics Design Studio

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1997 Annual Conference

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Publication Date

June 15, 1997

Start Date

June 15, 1997

End Date

June 18, 1997

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2153-5965

Page Count

9

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2.146.1 - 2.146.9

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https://peer.asee.org/6508

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Sema E. Alptekin

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Session 3666

Development of a Mechatronics Design Studio

Sema E. Alptekin Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

ABSTRACT Mechatronics is a combination of mechanics, electronics and information technology intended to raise the intelligence level and flexibility of products and devices. There is a need to develop programs and laboratories in Mechatronics to create an understanding of how new technologies influence the traditional methods of designing products and manufacturing systems. A model "Mechatronics Design Studio" has recently been developed to support the Mechatronics and Manufacturing Automation courses offered at Cal Poly's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. Laboratory experiments have been developed and several student projects have been completed. In this paper, an overview of the design studio and select student projects is provided. I. INTRODUCTION Mechatronics is a combination of mechanics, electronics and information technology intended to raise the intelligence level and flexibility of products and devices (Salminen et al). There is a need to develop interdisciplinary programs in Mechatronics. The interdisciplinary nature of the IME Departments provides a natural home for Mechatronics programs. Development of a Mechatronics focus within Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) program is underway. A model "Mechatronics Design Studio" has recently been developed to support the Mechatronics and Manufacturing Automation courses and course modules offered at the IME Department. Our approach to the development of Mechatronics focus is presented in section II. Select student projects are documented in section III followed by an overview of the Mechatronics Design Studio in the last section of the paper. II. MECHATRONICS FOCUS Several courses are being modified and new course modules in Mechatronics are being developed within Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering program in order to create a better understanding of how new technologies influence the traditional methods of designing products and manufacturing systems. While the lower-level courses introduce the concept, the upper-level courses provide opportunities to gain expertise in special areas of Mechatronics (Figure 1) (Alptekin and Freeman). Several projects integrate the courses offered at the different levels of the curriculum. The design and manufacturing laboratories of the IME Department are utilized in the design and development of these products and systems. The following courses utilize the Mechatronics Design Studio that is the topic of this paper: IME 101: Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, IME 356: Manufacturing Automation, IME 416: Automation of Industrial Systems, and IME 516 -- Mechatronics Systems Analysis. A 2-week Mechatronics module has recently been developed and implemented in IME 101 (Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering). This module is designed to introduce Mechatronics concepts at the early phases of the program and hopefully create excitement among

Alptekin, S. E. (1997, June), Development Of A Mechatronics Design Studio Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. https://peer.asee.org/6508

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