Clinic Tutorials

Clinic Tutorials 2020-2021

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

Sign up

Juniors must complete at least one tutorial by turning in a satisfactory write-up online using the form below no later than [Fall 2020 date].

Submit write-up

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*:

Clinic Tutorial Team Drive.

* 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 [Availability Dates].

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 [Contact Person] () to schedule an alternate time.

Interactive Tutorials

The following interactive tutorials are taught by student staff, or faculty. Note that the student staff-run tutorials Sign up should be done through the online system: Clinic Tutorial Write-Up and Feedback Form. Advanced planning and sign up is prudent.

Interactive Tutorial Date, Location
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.

Dates: *Upon request, TBD


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

Dates: *Upon request, TBD


Self Guided Tutorials

The following self-paced tutorials may be done at your convenience. Contact a tutor for any other available meeting 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:

Clinic Tutorials

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: TBD

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: TBD
SolidWorks Simulation

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

Location: TBD
SolidWorks Motion

Modeling of mechanisms with moving parts.

Location: TBD
PCB Mill & Vinyl Cutter

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

Location: TBD
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: TBD

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

Location: TBD

*Upon request, (person email)

RF Equipment

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

Location: TBD

*Instructions on RF Lab website