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How Does an Airplane Fly?

Conduct an extended experiment in which students change and test different flight conditions. Read More

Daredevils of the Sky

Experiment with the size, shape, angle of the wings, rudder position, and weight of a paper airplane. Read More

King of the Hill

In teams of two or alone, design and build a vehicle that will climb a hill, cross the crest, stop, and prevent your opponent from crossing in the opposite direction. Read More

Mechanical Design

Extensive news and blogs about Mechatronics and related fields worldwide. Read More

TechOnline University®

Your online destination for back-to-basics information electronics engineers need most. Online video courses. Read More

Introduction to Mechatronics

Mechatronics is a system-level approach to designing electromechanical systems that merges mechanical, electrical, control system, and embedded software design. It represents an industry-wide effort to improve the design process by integrating the best available development practices and technologies to streamline design, prototyping, and deployment. If you design industrial machinery, equipment, vehicles, or other devices with moving parts and electronically controlled actuators, mechatronics technology may help you lower development costs, reduce risk, and produce higher-quality products. View this webcast to lean about the Mechatronics approach to machine design. Read More

Mechatronics Education Center

In plain English, Mechatronics is how high-tech manufacturing gets done today. And it’s one of the fastest growing career areas in the world. From medicine to food processing, from auto assembly to computer chips—Mechatronics is at the very heart of quality control, reliability, consistency and profitability. It’s a field that is changing at a dramatic rate—driven by new technology, innovation and global demand. Read More

FPGAs Under the Hood

High-level design tools offer field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology to engineers and scientists who have little or no digital hardware design expertise. Whether you use graphical programming, C, or VHDL, the synthesis process is quite complex and can leave you wondering how FPGAs really work. What actually happens inside the chip to make programs execute within configurable blocks of silicon? This white paper is intended for the nondigital designer who wants to understand the fundamental parts of an FPGA and how it all works “under the hood.” This information, also helpful when using high-level design tools, hopefully can shed some light on the inner workings of an extraordinary technology. Read More

Using Simple Adaptive Control (SAC) Theory

What is the most important expectation from a Servo Controller worthwhile called a good one? At present, many products named “Industrial Servo Controller” are in the market; however, to select a good one for the desired performance is still a difficult task. You need to know what your plant’s desired response to be and exactly which performance to be focused on. Read More

Force Sensors for Design

Learn how ultra-thin, customizable, flexible but accurate force sensors provide a cost-effective solution to designing sleeker, smaller and less expensive products. Read More


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