Clinic Tutorials

Clinic Tutorials 2018-2019

The following tutorials are available. Consult the tables below for signup times and dates – you can sign up at the following link:

Fall juniors must complete at least one tutorial by turning in a satisfactory write-up online using the form below no later than September 24th.

We also highly recommend seniors to take advantage of the available tutorials that are relevant to their clinic project. Your feedback and comments on the tutorials are appreciated for future improvement.

Instructions for all of tutorials except the Intermediate Machine Shop can be found in the Clinic Tutorial Team Drive*:

They can also be found in the Charlie Clinic folder:\Clinic\Engineering\Tutorials\Tutorial-Files-2018

* Note that you will need to be signed up for Clinic this year to have access via this link.

Tutorial Availability:

Tutorial Office Hours will be held in the Parsons Clinic Makerspace (B160) on September 14th from 5pm to 8pm, September 15th from 1pm to 5pm, and September 16th from 1pm to 3pm, as well as an introduction to the new ProtoLab. We strongly encourage you stop by for food, even if you don’t want help with tutorials.

Note that these office hours are primarily for the Self-Guided Tutorials discussed below. If you would like to schedule an appointment for an Interactive Tutorial or you are unable to make any of these times listed above, contact Alex Ravnik ( or Francisco Munoz ( to schedule an alternate time.

Interactive Tutorials:

The following interactive tutorials are taught by student staff, staff or faculty. Note that the student staff-run tutorials Sign up should be done through the online system: Click Here advanced planning and sign up is prudent.

Interactive Tutorial Date, Location
Intermediate Machine Shop

Safety and intermediate techniques related to mill, lathe and CNC training. Must review lathe/mill videos in advance.
Limited to 6 students per session.

*Need to be shop certified

Location: HMC Machine Shop (Galileo B004)

Dates: TBD

Tutor: Shop manager, Paul Stovall

email Paul for info. (with Paul Stovall)

Laser Cutter Machining

Adapting an existing SolidWorks part for laser cutting, and operation and capabilities of the laser cutter. Limited to 6 students per session.

Location: HMC Rapid Development Lab (Galileo B008)

Dates: *Upon request, September 21-23 

Tutors: Francisco Munoz or Alex Ravnik

ShopBot Training

Cut single sheet of plywood to create several interlocking parts. Prior CNC experience is recommended. Limited to 6 students per session.

*Need to be shop certified

Location: HMC Wood Shop (Galileo B006)

Dates: *Upon request, September 21-23

Tutors: Francisco Munoz or Alex Ravnik

Self Guided Tutorials:

The following self-paced tutorials may be done at your convenience. A tutor will be on hand at the specified times; going during the tutoring hours may reduce the time you spend if you run into difficulties. For these tutorials, the sign up is not required, but the write up should be submitted through the same online system:

Self Guided Tutorial Tutoring Date and Location
Intermediate LabVIEW

Data acquisition and control using LabVIEW. Topics include a brief review and control and measurement of electronic instruments from LabVIEW using the NI myDAQ. May be done in teams of two.

Location: Digital Lab (Parsons B183

PCB design, layout, and manufacturing using Mentor Graphics PADS. Includes an intro to PCB planning, scheduling, and budgeting. Covers schematic and layout entry, design for manufacturability, and autorouting.

Location: ECF (Parsons B178)
SolidWorks Simulation

Finite element modeling for mechanical stress, thermal, and vibration.

Location: ECF (Parsons B178)
SolidWorks Motion

Modeling of mechanisms with moving parts.

Location: ECF (Parsons B178)
PCB Mill & Vinyl Cutter

Learn how to use the PCB mill and how to make vinyl stickers.

Location: Main Clinic Makerspace
(Parsons B160)
Git Version Control

Apply version control techniques to large projects that involve several collaborators making changes to the same set of files. Covers basic Git operations via the command line interface.

Location: ECF (Parsons B178)

Thermal cycling testing using the Thermotron environmental test chamber and calibrating temperature sensors. Must be done in teams of two.

Location: Rocket Lab (Parsons B187)

*Upon request, email Alexander Ravnik ( and Francisco Munoz (

RF Equipment

Learn the basics of handling the radio frequency equipment available in the RF Lab.

Location: RF Lab (Parsons B163)

*Instructions on RF Lab website