Northwestern University Mechatronics Design Laboratory

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Rules for Using the Mechatronics Design Lab

The purpose of the Mechatronics Design Laboratory is to assist students in building their own microprocessor-controlled electromechanical systems. It serves as the laboratory for a number of courses and is available to students participating in the design competition (DC). It is also available for other undergraduate design projects and teaching purposes; please contact Prof. Kevin Lynch in Mechanical Engineering.

The Mechatronics Design Lab is located in Room B100 of the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center. The lab is open M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The lab is accessed after hours by using your Wildcard. To request after hours access contact Rick Marzec.

The lab contains eight workbenches for electrical and software prototyping. These benches are described below. The lab also stocks a variety of electrical supplies, sensors, and actuators. The usefulness of the shop for design projects is greatly enhanced by its location directly adjacent to the machine shop.

The lab manager is Rick Marzec. Any misuse of the lab should be reported to him.

The Mechatronics Design Lab was made possible by grants from the Murphy Society and support from the Whitaker Foundation.


Each of the eight workbenches is a custom-made double-tiered maple top workbench. Each workbench consists of

Common Facilities


Other common facilities not mentioned above include

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