Welcome to the National Instruments Mechatronics Resource Center.  Register once to gain free, anytime access to the latest technical information. This website offers the latest information for machine design applications using a Mechatronics approach to help lower development costs, reduce risk, and produce higher-quality products.

Mechatronics is a system-level approach to designing electromechanical systems that merges mechanical, electrical, control system, and embedded software design. It represents an industry-wide effort to improve the design process by integrating the best available development practices and technologies to streamline design, prototyping, and deployment. For more information on National Instruments products for mechatronics, visit ni.com/mechatronics.


Get your design right the first time
Virtual Prototyping (also known as digital prototyping) is a technology used in Mechatronics systems that combines mechanical, electronic, control tasks and embedded computing within one device. Engineers use virtual prototyping to design, optimize, validate, and visualize their products digitally and evaluate different design concepts before incurring the cost of physical prototypes.

Technical Resources:
Discover Mechatronics-Based Motion System Design with NI LabVIEW 

Join the virtual prototyping community to share code and learn best practices

Prototype Faster with Graphical System Design
Functional prototyping is a crucial part of the embedded design process. The ability to demonstrate and show your idea functioning to investors, customers and management is a great way to get your idea into someone's budget. National Instruments graphical system design tools have proven useful for getting a functional prototype working quickly without requiring a large design team.

Read the Eight Rules for Prototyping white paper

From Rapid Prototyping to Low-Cost Deployment with NI CompactRIO, download white paper now.

Develop sophisticated industrial robotics systems with NI LabVIEW
NI LabVIEW Robotics 2009 provides a standard development platform for designing industrial robotic systems.  The NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform is enabling new applications for industrial robots by integrating measurements, vision, robot control, and human machine interfaces (HMIs) into one, easy-to-use environment.

Explore the benefits of NI LabVIEW Robotics 2009

Download the Robotics Resources Kit

Machine Design Methodology: Prototyping Machine Control Systems Faster and at Lower Cost
Learn how the National Instruments graphical system design platform, which includes NI LabVIEW software and flexible off-the-shelf hardware, provides one of the quickest paths to a working prototype for any engineer, scientist, or educator. Discover how the integration of different design tools shortens design time and how you can quickly deploy your design to off-the-shelf prototyping hardware.

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