Engineering students today will design increasingly complex systems upon graduation. In no discipline is this more apparent than mechatronics, for which engineers integrate sensors, actuators, and digital components. For today’s students to become tomorrow’s mechatronics engineers, they need to first understand the basic components of these mechatronics systems. Then they can create complete systems.

NI and Quanser have partnered to develop a series of mechatronics boards to address this challenge. Designed for use with the NI Engineering Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS), the boards give students hands-on experience with all the individual components of a mechatronics system. This engages students with theory and gives them the proper background to eventually build larger, more complex systems.

Multiple boards have been developed to address different areas of mechatronics: