Interested in learning about how to navigate a machine shop? Need to learn how to use breadboards and sensors for class project? Want to advance your circuit-building skills? The ITL Program has workshops for all levels! Contact the LaunchPoint for general information, or get in touch with an instructor using the menu below. View resources for all ITL Program workshops on Google Drive.
Building on the Introduction to Arduino Workshop, the Intermediate Workshop focuses on two devices that produce movement – Motors and Servos. Common coding and troubleshooting techniques are also discussed. Students taking the Intermediate Workshop should be able to understand the fundamentals of Arduino Input/Output and have at least six hours of experience with the Arduino microcontroller.
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Are you interested in using your computer, Bluetooth, or xBee to control your Arduino? Participants will learn about Arduino communication through hands-on exercises. Common issues regarding Serial communication will be addressed. Students taking the Arduino Communication workshop should be familiar with Servos, use of the Serial monitor, and have at least 12 hours of Arduino experience. The Bluetooth modules require that the students use an ANDROID device.
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Do you want to make your microcontroller project smaller? Is the Arduino Mini just too big?
If so, the Arduino miniaturization workshop is for you! Through this self-paced, hands-on workshop, students will migrate a project from the Arduino Uno to the ATTiny85. With the code on an tiny integrated circuit, students have the flexibility to design and create their own circuit boards that meet their project needs. Workshop Notes: This is an intermediate/advanced workshop. Students will need five hours of Arduino coding experience to get the most out of this workshop. Creating circuit boards is a topic of the ITLL Intro to Eagle and Intro to Altium workshops.
This workshop introduces the concept of CAD and the production of basic extrusions using Onshape; this workshop is perfect for engineers who just getting started with CAD or who might be a bit rusty with using Onshape. In CAD I, we will discuss the importance of CAD as a tool for design. We will then introduce users to the concept of CAD and the CAD environment, exploring the control of the CAD window and the use of tools like 'Sketch', 'Extrude', Revolve', and 'Constraint'. By the end of the workshop, you'll be able to make parts like these!
This workshop expands upon the lessons learned in CAD I and explores tolerancing and Design-For-Manufacturing (DFM) considerations through assemblies in Onshape; this workshop is perfect for engineers who are familiar with CAD but want to learn more about multi-part assemblies and using CAD in a real design setting. In CAD II, we will do a quick review of the basics from CAD I and then dive into a number of new tools. Then, we will explore combining multiple parts into an assembly and the design considerations required to create such parts using tools like the 3D printer or laser cutter.. We'll even review making dimensioned drawings for machining! By the end of the workshop, you'll be able to make parts like these!
This workshop is directed to users who have attended the Intro to Parts and Intro to Assemblies workshop. Learn how to communicate your engineering design with title blocks, projected views and dimensions. Time is reserved to complete a practice exercise with support available for questions.
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Interested in taking your CAD skills to the next level? Show future employers that you know your stuff by becoming a certified Solidworks user! This workshop series is intended for engineers who have extended experience in using CAD and are prepared to take the CSWA, CSWP, or CSWE exams . In addition to the exam, the ITLL will also host a set of kickoff and Q&A sessions to help participants become familiar with the contents of the exam, migrate to Solidworks from another CAD program, and discuss tips and tricks that will help to ensure your success through practice. Important note: this workshop is recommended for experienced CAD users!
LabView & Electronics
Past experience has shown that the best way to get down the learning curve with the program is to do the Intro Exercises. We used to do this as a workshop, but students preferred to do it at their own pace. You are welcome to utilize a ITLL lab station to complete these exercises as long as you do not interfere with class. If you need cables, breadboard or a temperature sensor, please go to the ITLL LaunchPoint.
To get you started, these short (5 minute or so) videos are a good introduction for first time LabVIEW users:
NI has provided the ITLL with other trainings as well. Once you have mastered the Intro Exercises, please email Daniel Godrick (Daniel.email@example.com) to discuss training specific to your application.
Learn the basics of data aquisition in this two hour workshop. Hands on exercises will allow students to learn abou the three R's of data acquisition: resolution, range, and rate. Digital and analog signals will be explored using the ITLL labstations. This is a self-guided workshop, please contact Dan Godrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Electronic Design Automation (ECAD)
This introductory workshop uses Altium Designer PCB Design Software to introduce Electronic Design Automation for an industry-level tool.
The three-part workshop will introduce schematic capture, printed circuit board layout, and gerber file generation. It will also go over using Altium Designer’s part creation tools.
While computers are made available for use in this workshop, you may choose to use your own. You can get a free trial of the software at www.altium.com/Free-Trial. If you cannot or chose not to obtain a trial download for Altium and wish to use a personal computer, you can request access to ITLL Anywhere in order to run Altium remotely without the need to download or install the program.
This introductory workshop uses EAGLE PCB Design Software to introduce Electronic Design Automation.
The three-part workshop will introduce schematic capture, printed circuit board artwork, and gerber file generation.
Before coming to the workshop download the Eagle software on your laptop and bring a mouse.