TETRIX PRIME plus myRIO

The TETRIX PRIME plus myRIO is a kit that introduces students to hands-on engineering in controls and robotics.  Students use it to learn and apply skills in mechanical design, graphical programming, and controls theory so that they can design, prototype, and automate their own assemblies.

The kit includes:

  • Builder’s guide with step-by-step instructions for getting started and building three model assemblies
  • Over 300 mechanical components for building assemblies
  • Motor board to connect all included sensors and actuators with ease
  • 10-cell AA NiMH Battery Pack
  • Battery charger
  • Sensors and actuators: two standard servos, two DC motors, ambient light sensor, gyro sensor, IR rangefinder
  • myRIO

 

Description

The Pitsco TETRIX PRIME for myRIO kit helps students apply the engineering concepts they learn in the classroom to real controls and robotics systems. They can begin by following step-by-step instructions for getting started, constructing assemblies, and programming myRIO for basic functionality. They can also complete challenges to expand the functionality of base assemblies or create their own designs.

  • Kit enables students to apply engineering concepts to real controls and robotics systems
  • Includes building components, sensors and actuators, motor board, battery, and battery charger
  • Includes step-by-step instructions for getting started and building three model assemblies
  • Students can use the kit to design new assemblies or extend the functionality of existing assemblies
  • Students control assemblies using myRIO, a student embedded device built on industry technology
  • Accompanying software built into LabVIEW is available for getting started

What Can Students Build?

Students start with step-by-step instructions for building and automating three model assemblies. They use TETRIX parts to build the physical assembly, connect sensors and actuators to myRIO, and program in LabVIEW. After completing all the steps to implement basic functionality, students can use the skills they’ve learned to develop additional functionality for the existing assemblies and create designs of their own.

1. Rover Vehicle Assembly

  • Build a teleoperated rover that can drive forwards and backwards, and turn using two geared DC motors
  • Use the supplied LabVIEW VIs to set up myRIO to receive, interpret, and implement commands transmitted over Wi-Fi from your PC
  • Navigate the rover to travel while it collects data from an IR sensor
  • Modify the supplied code to extend Rover functionality to follow lines, use the end effector, operate autonomously

2. Self-Balancing Robot Assembly

  • Build a robot that autonomously balances itself in place using DC motors and inputs from a gyroscope, accelerometer, and two encoders
  • Use the supplied LabVIEW code which implements closed-loop proportional, derivative (PD) control and a complementary filter
  • Test the robot’s limits by lightly tapping and balancing objects on top
  • Take on the advanced challenge of modifying the supplied code to extend functionality to move the robot forward or backwards

 

3. Balancing Arm Assembly

  • Build a control system that uses an IR range sensor and servo motor to keep a ball at a specified position
  • Use the supplied LabVIEW code which implements a proportional, integral, and derivative (PID) algorithm to control ball position
  • Move the ball setpoint and see the arm’s reaction
  • Lightly knock the ball out of place, and see how the arm recovers
  • Modify the supplied code to extend functionality to automate the arm to move the ball to different set points over time

 

Downloads

Download the Builders Guide

For Download click link TETRIX Software

STEM Connections with TETRIX PRIME


Tetrix Prime Rover


TETRIX PRIME for myRIO


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