This unit is a foundation course in mechanisms and robots. After a brief introduction on the subject matter and terms the motion properties of mechanisms including degrees of freedom, velocity and acceleration will be presented. Design constraints and motion analysis for the robotic systems will be first performed in a simulated environment. Eventually a prototype robotic arm with a small number of degrees of freedom would be assembled from scratch and also programmed to perform specific trajectories. The learners would learn how 3D printing can be used to manufacture fixtures for robotic arms, will learn assembly of mechatronics systems and also programming through the final project task. Building from scratch a robotic arm would give a clear picture of all the challenges and problems that robotic systems have and will also clarify the forward and inverse kinematics concepts.
Maturity Clause Applications
Applicants who satisfy the following conditions may apply for consideration to join this MCAST programmes as mature students:
Attained the age of 21 years for entry to programmes at MQF Level 4
An Updated Curriculum Vitae and a Motivation Letter should accompany applications under the Maturity Clause.
Shortlisted applicants may be called for an interview to assess their suitability for the selected programme.