At UIUC I worked on many fun mechatronics, CAD, and controls projects. A select few are listed below.
In a Computer Control of Mechanical Systems course I built a “goalie” type robot that utilized an overhead camera to track an orange ball, predict its trajectory, and then move a linear motion stage to the point where the ball was traveling. We used a myRio and MSP430 and communicated between the two using I2C. The code was implemented in LabVIEW and C.
I also developed a furuta pendulum pictured below. It balances the mass at the end of the long link in an inverted pendulum style. I used EAGLE cad to do PCB design and wrote control code in C.
I worked on making my own version of RHEX, a dynamic legged robot. This was done using arduino, several IMU’s to sequence the gate, and a series of servo motors.
One CAD project I designed and 3D-printed was this highly detailed model of a filigree ukulele.