TEACHING MECHATRONICS IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING
In recent years, the number of consumer products incorporating a combination of mechanical and electronic systems has increased enormously. Because of this development we decided to start a course called ‘Mechatronics in product design’ (Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology). The paper describes the course (lectures, practical exercises and assessment) in detail. What we learned is; course books on mechatronics in product design are not available, control engineering is tuff stuff for IDE students, hands-on exercises (or using simulation software) is very helpful and the more integration between mechanical and electrical engineering the better.