Computer Applications in Engineering Education. Nov 2015, Vol. 23 Issue 6, p947, 12 p.
Rapid prototyping and College teachers
Byline: Michele Basso, Giacomo Innocenti Keywords: LEGO Mindstorms; Simulink; Robotic laboratory; rapid prototyping; bicycle ABSTRACT LEGO.sub.[c] Mindstorms is a widely spread affordable education robotic platform, that has recently gained native support from the Mathworks.sub.[c] simulation environment Simulink. The pros and cons of the integrated Mindstorms/Simulink framework are actually illustrated through a complex model based control design project featuring a self-stabilized bicycle, that represents a proper example of the rapid prototyping capability of the platform. The importance of such an integration is discussed taking into account the history and the results of the LEGO-based learning activities held at the Control Systems Laboratory of the University of Florence for graduate and undergraduate courses. [c] 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Comput Appl Eng Educ 23:947-958, 2015; View this article online at wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/cae; DOI 10.1002/cae.21666 Biographical information: Michele Basso received the Master's degree in electronic engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1992, and the PhD degree in systems engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1997. From 1998 through 2010, he was an assistant professor at the Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica, University of Florence. Currently he is an associate professor at Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, University of Florence. He is also affiliated to the Center for Research on Complex Dynamics (CSDC) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Italian Ph.D. School of Information Engineering. He was an Associate Editor for the journal Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulations from 2010 through 2014. His current research interests include nonlinear dynamical systems, scanning probe microscopy, and control education. Giacomo Innocenti graduated in 2004 in Computer Science at the Engineering School of University of Florence, Italy and in 2008 received the PhD in 'Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems' from the same institution. He has been Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Florence and at University of Siena. Since 2012 he has been Assistant Professor in Automatic Controls at University of Florence, where he teaches Industrial Automation to graduate students of the Engineering School. His scientific interests regard Nonlinear Control Systems and their practical applications.
Electroanalysis. Feb 2016, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p250, 15 p.
Energy conservation, Sensors, and Rapid prototyping
Byline: Nicolo Dossi, Fabio Terzi, Evandro Piccin, Rosanna Toniolo, Gino Bontempelli Keywords: Pencil-drawn sensing devices; Pen-drawn sensitive elements; Conductive filament deposition; 3D printed sensors; Direct writing; Contact and non-contact deposition methods Abstract The growing demand for low cost and easy to use analytical devices requires the development of reliable and rapid deposition strategies suitable for changing easily planned designs and applicable to a wide range of materials for assembling conductive tracks and sensitive elements. Further important challenges to be pursued are the possibility of using readily available instrumentation and reducing power consumption and hazardous chemical waste. This review provides an overview of the use of portable day-to-day writing tools, such as pencils and pens, for the rapid and on-demand deposition of conductive patterns on different substrates, with particular emphasis on the assembly of 'Do It Yourself' sensors. Moreover, layer-by-layer deposition of simple or even complex three dimensional (3D) circuits, resorting to pressure driven extrusion of conductive filaments is considered. Future perspectives and potentiality of these emerging technologies for assembling sensors are also explored. Author Affiliation: Department of Food Science, University of Udine, via Cotonificio 108, I-33100 Udine, Italy phone : (+39) 0432558835 fax: (+39) 0432558803 Department of Chemical and Geological Science, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, via Campi 183, I-41125 Modena, Italy Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Minas Gerais, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Brazil