In addition to the processor ("brains") and the software ("behavior"), a mechatronic or robotic device must have a "body": an appropriate structure, and motion control devices. Designing and constructing the body exposes student to real-world situations and exposes the value of the classroom studies. Lectures that seemed dull and lifeless in the lecture hall take on new life when you really need the information to solve a problem.

Students learn to deal with

  • Structural Metals and Plastics
  • Pre-Fabricated and Self-Fabricated Components
  • Motors
  • Sensors
  • Drive and Suspension Components
  • Power Supplies
  • Testing and Quality Control
  • Tolerances, Specifications and Sourcing of Materials