Mechatronics initiation course (AOC Mécatronique)

2 June 2008 at 5:47 pm (Mechatronics, School of Art)

In the early part of my school year, I have followed the mechatronics initiation course (AOC Mécatronique is the French course name). The course objective was to introduce us to the basics of electronics and micro-controller programming.


In the first part of the course, we had a quick course about basic linear electronic components (resistors, diodes, LEDs, capacitor, color codes) with some physics (Ohm’s law, Joule’s law). We also learned to conceive, design, print and assemble electronic circuit boards. Finally, we had a quick intuitive look at measurement and testing devices (multimeter, voltmeter, ohmmeter).

The second part of the course was to learn how to program a PIC 16F876 using SDCC compiler and Tiny Boot Loader for communication between the computer (using an GNU operating system) and the micro-controller board (the boot loader installed in the PIC 16F876 was developped by Jean-Pierre Mandon). We started with simple programs, to learn how to use the I/Os from the chip (LED chase, teleruptor, communication between the PIC’s board and Processing). We also briefly saw the different electric motors and we focus on step motors. We programmed the PIC to make a step motor work for the end of the course.

Here are some source codes.

(image from Jean-Pierre Mandon’s site)

For more info :

Jean-Pierre Mandon’s site

France Cadet’s site

Hacking Lab site

Aix en Provence school of art‘s site – Mechatronic section 


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