The Quanser QUBE™-Servo 2 is a fully integrated, modular servomotor lab experiment designed for teaching mechatronics and control concepts at the undergraduate level.
Integrating Quanser-developed QFLEX 2 computing interface technology, QUBE-Servo 2 provides more flexibility in lab configurations, using a PC, or microcontrollers, such as NI myRIO, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. With the comprehensive course materials included, you can build a state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching lab for your mechatronics or control courses, and engage students in various design and capstone projects.
The QUBE-Servo 2 experiment consists of a DC motor with an optical encoder, providing position and velocity feedback, a built-in amplifier with integrated current sensor, a data acquisition device, and a QFLEX 2 computing interface.
The experiment comes with two add-on modules - an inertia disk and a pendulum. With a tool-less, quick-connect interface, you can easily attach the module, or remove it while the controller is running to observe the effect of different inertias on a controller response. Moreover, you can design and 3D print your own add-on modules to expand the scope of the experiment, or to create an engaging student project¹.
The QUBE-Servo 2 also has a user-controllable tri-color LED strip. Users can program the LED to indicate state, power, or other control performance parameters of QUBE-Servo 2.
The QUBE-Servo 2 is available with two different, easily interchangeable interface panels:
The QUBE-Servo 2 USB experiment comes with a mix-and-match, open source, rich digital media courseware, standardized for requirements of ABET evaluation criteria. The courseware topics are independent of each other, so you can build your own experiments sequence, and adapt the materials to existing course. The courseware also includes content for application labs, putting control concepts into the real-world application context.
The QUBE-Servo Embedded experiment comes with examples of interfacing techniques and controllers (as Arduino sketches), as well as an interfacing datasheet detailing the connections and protocols used. The courseware resources developed for QUBE-Servo 2 USB experiment are included for reference.
To make the courseware easily adaptable to your course, we developed a comprehensive mapping of courseware topics to the most popular control engineering textbooks, including:
Download the textbook mapping guide.
¹ The performance and safety of the experiment is guaranteed only with the original parts supplied by Quanser.
Topics included in the Quanser-developed QUBE-Servo 2 USB courseware:
Inertia Disk Module:
These courseware materials are also supplied with the QUBE-Servo 2 Embedded experiment for reference purposes.
The QUBE-Servo 2 experiment comes with a QFLEX 2 interface panel of your choice (USB or Embedded). Additional panel can be purchased separately.
To set up your QUBE-Servo 2 USB experiment, you need also Quanser control software:
- QUARC for MATLAB/Simulink¹ users
- QRCP for LabVIEW¹ users
The QUBE-Servo 2 Embedded experiment does not require any additional components from Quanser².
Similar experiment - QUBE-Servo for NI myRIO - allows for control using NI myRIO embedded controller via MXP interface. The QUBE-Servo for NI myRIO is available exclusively from National Instruments. For details, visit www.ni.com.
¹ MATLAB, Simulink or LabVIEW licenses are not included.
² The microcontroller is not included.