As the world moves ahead, it is getting more dependent on science and technology. Most of us use autonomous devices at least once during the day. Studies predict that this number will increase in the years to come. So, what makes the creation of such systems and devices possible? Mechatronics is an emerging field in engineering that deals with such complex systems. It serves as an amalgamation of techniques from mechanical, electrical and computer science. Hence, rather than being a pure core concept, it combines the best from these fields to create something unique and special. With an increasing number of engineering requirements needing complex systems, this field is a great necessity. Mechatronics helps us create the systems we need for the future. So, how do we get introduced to this subject, and improve our skills in it? The best way to improve your skills in any engineering-related field is to work on projects on your own. To help you out, here are a few free mechatronic project ideas to help you get started.
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Mechatronics is a field of engineering that brings together concepts from various streams. This includes techniques and theory from mechanical, engineering and computer science engineering. Such technology finds a lot of use in various technologies we see, find and use all around us. This is a modern technology that developed due to our need for more complex systems. Mechatronics is a step away from sticking to the same-old concepts. Instead, Mechatronics attempts to synergically combine concepts from different fields. Thus, systems built using Mechatronic concepts can handle more complex situations with ease.
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As per a study by Bloomberg, Mechatronics systems have improved in popularity by over 57.8% ever since 2014. This huge rise in the interest surrounding this sector may be attributed to the rising requirements for automation from all over the world. As various industries grow and develop, we require more systems to keep up with the growing need. Also, studies report that there is a large number of vacancies within the industry. Therefore, there are less qualified professionals to fill these positions within the industry. Hence, this might be a great field for you to enter as a young, fresh graduate. So, how do you make sure you can break into this industry?
1. Animatronic Hand
Animatronics is a science that allows you to create systems and devices which resemble humans in their manner of functioning. Such tools are inspired by humans and animals and can operate the way we do. In this Mechatronics project, you will learn to build machines which you can control plainly by moving your hands and facial muscles. This hand will copy the same movements of your actual hand by tracing its position and movements using flex sensors.
A hexapod is any mechanical robotic device that has six pairs of wheels or feet. Thus, they resemble an insect in the way they move and locomote. Due to the added number of legs, they are able to move very stably across various different types of terrain. Thus, they are said to be extremely useful in military operations wherein the location is rocky or inaccessible. In this mechatronics project, you will get an opportunity to build your own Hexapod robot, which may be controlled using a Bluetooth controlled Android App.
3. Automation using PLC
The industries of the future will be digital in nature. To keep up with the trends of tomorrow, most industries will have to go automatic. Automation using PLC will help make this dream a reality. This technology helps industries automate their manufacturing and production process effectively. In this Mechatronics project, students will get a chance to build a system that can pick and drop things onto a conveyor belt system. While working on this project, students will get introduced to key Mechatronics topics such as SMPS, PLC programming and motor mechanics.
4. Biped Walking Robot
Bipeds are any devices, things or creatures that are capable of walking on two feet. Therefore, humans are the most popular types of bi-peds on earth. Walking on two legs upright, helps robots become more human and life-like. In this mechatronics project, students will build such a robot! A robot that senses its environment collects data regarding it, processes that data and then decides how to react to its surroundings.
5. Robotic arm
Robotic arms are widely used in automation industries to perform the difficult task easy. In this mechatronics project, you will make a robotic arm which can able to move in 3 axes and can also be controlled via Bluetooth using a mobile phone.
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