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Motor Controllers

Motor controllers are useful for offloading the control of speed and direction from the main logic controller. There are different types of motor controllers depending on the type of motor that is being used.


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  • Pololu 24v23 5.5-40V, 23A Motor Controller
    excellent
    Review by VIC
    does all it is supposed to
    (Posted on 7/16/14)
  • PhidgetStepper Bipolar Stepper Motor Controller
    Great product!
    Review by Rob
    The PhidgetStepper Controller is a great product. We used three of them to control an auto microscope. We used their C# examples and had no problem incorporating into our code. Their service was excellent because we called them for help.
    (Posted on 7/15/14)
  • Sabertooth Dual 12A 6V-24V R/C Regenerative Motor Driver
    Great
    Review by Kristian
    Work as it should!
    (Posted on 7/14/14)
  • Pololu Micro Maestro 6-channel USB Servo Controller (Assembled)
    Nice product,fast to use
    Review by Pascal
    Warning ! This 6-channel soft doesn't allow global variable with peek/poke. This is a serious limit for structured programmation.
    But a simple product to use and very fast development.
    I use it for servos test with some potentiometers for offset, amplitude, frequency, profil, mode and a switch for soft on/off.
    (Posted on 6/18/14)
  • 10A DC Motor Driver Arduino Shield
    Great Product
    Review by lmcdima
    I bought 4 boards (2 using and 2 spares) for a actuator driven flight simulator (Firgelli and bought here at robotshop). The actuator normally works at 5A but under heavy load it can spike to 8A. The board works as expected, very very easy to code and minimum effort to make it part of your project...
    (Posted on 6/10/14)
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Robot Construction Kits

Posted on April 23, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under GoRobotics >> Education, Robotics Projects & Kits, Where to Start.

Robot Construction Kits can be distinguished from normal robot kits since they use modular parts and allow you to assemble different robots using the same parts. A robot kit on the other hand only allows you to build one robot. Robot construction kits are a great investment because they tend to include everything you need [...]
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Programming DAQs using FlowBotics Studio & FlowStone

Posted on March 14, 2014

By Carl Owen & filled under Electronics, Software and Apps.

  In this tutorial we are going to cover Data Acquisition boards (or DAQ’s as they are better known) and how to program them using FlowBotics Studio which uses the FlowStone graphical programming language inside. Data acquisition devices form the basis of most robotics systems obtaining signals in and out of a system from external [...]
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Robot Reverse Engineering: Designing an Autonomous Transatlantic Boat

Posted on March 06, 2014

By Jeffrey Arcand & filled under Entertainment, Robotics Projects & Kits.

Some of you may have hear about Scout — The Autonomous Transatlantic Robot. She is a 12-foot long robotic solar-powered boat designed and built by 7 college/university students from the USA. She was launched in August 2013 from Rhode Island and programmed to autonomously cross the Atlantic Ocean to her destination in Spain. Although she [...]
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Barobo Actuator Disassembly

Posted on February 19, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under Electronics, Mechanics, Tutorials.

Barobo‘s Linkbot all-in-one smart actuators allow anyone without any knowledge of robotics to create and “program” robots. Each actuator is packed with many features including: • Atmel AVR Microcontroller: Compatible with Arduino so you can re-flash with your own firmware using the on-board bootloader • ZigBee-Capable Radio: Communicate wirelessly with an 802.15.4-compliant radio, create mesh [...]
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FlowBotics Studio Grand Tutorial – Servo Erector Set

Posted on November 25, 2013

By Carl Owen & filled under Software and Apps.

Together with the launch of the new robotics programming platform FlowBotics Studio, RobotShop also launched the Servo Erector Set V1.1 from Lynxmotion. This is a kit of over 500 parts enabling you to build five different robots and control them via pre-made robot applications inside FlowBotics Studio which is also included. The five robots are: [...]
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... we offer is USB only: You'll need to use four individual stepper motor controllers, controlled from a central microcontroller: http://www.robotshop.com/en/stepper-motor-controllers.html ...
2014-07-16 08:29 by CBenson
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Can you provide the specs of the motor you want to operate? Do you have any programming experience? Preferred programming language? Most motor controllers are individual or dual; a controller which can do three or four is rare. For small motors ...
2014-07-15 16:05 by CBenson
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... could they fry the controller? The Revo controller most likely was used in a number of different models, including this one. I am not sure if the controllers use pulsed DC or MOSFET control of the DC, ergo the question as to whether the Cytron would work. I hate to junk the Revo because of the ...
2014-07-09 15:43 by Bdempsey813
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If the old controller is rated at 40A, then a 13A controller likely won't cut it and would fry. Like you said, higher current DC motor controllers are more expensive.
2014-07-08 13:13 by CBenson
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... Booster-B36V2A5 , which are typically used to control the Brushed DC Motor in open-loop mode and the High Power LED(two separate H-bridges are ... you want to get a free sample? Please join the discussion! :D PS: BLDC controllers and Stepper Motor controllers are under designing ...... Please ...
2014-07-05 00:42 by gicren
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... always want to design a series of highly integrated and flexible motion controllers. One day, a structure presented in my mind, so I spent a lot ... this connector is typically applied in the high-current device, such as motor controllers. PH2.0-9P : The continuous current is up to 4A (2A for ...
2014-06-30 10:18 by gicren
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... 6WD Chassis. I am planning on using a arduino for the sensors and motor control and a raspberry pi for streaming the video. I have setup video ... or uses motors. I was hoping that someone could advise me on what motor controllers I would need to drive the motors in the Wild Thumper kit as well ...
2014-06-19 20:48 by torianironfist
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Could SSC-32 board handle motor controller, the total of 8 servos for rover's legs ( six for the front and two ... arm also ? The SSC-32 can handle up to 32 servos. You can also connect R/C motor controllers for DC gear motors. And just power the SSC-32 with two separate power sources. ...
2014-06-11 07:54 by CBenson
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Welcome to the forums! As a general rule, any of the R/C motor controllers can be used with the SSC-32 board: * http://www.robotshop.com/en/rc-motor-controllers.html ...
2014-05-26 15:44 by jarcand
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One problem with four motors, you should be driving them with four motor controllers. It's generally not advisable to parallel motors on a single controller.

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2014-05-16 00:41 by KM6VV
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... physical computing and electronics. Can the RasberryPi operate H-bridge motor controllers byitself using the connections headers on it and python , in fact can i directly ...
2014-05-05 12:57 by carlyn
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... on either side of the chassis. I am taking those out as the size 130 motors being used need a gear ratio of like 113:1 to push the rover which ... That will also mean getting rid of the 2 dual motor controllers. Now that I am only using 1 motor, how would I come up with a ...
2014-04-23 06:21 by redmug
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... it. The place I order from depends on whether I need to replace the motors and encoders and/or motor controller on W.A.L.T.E.R. 2.0 or not. I am not having good luck with motors or motor controllers lately. :( On the Linux front, I have 2 RPI, a BeagleBone Black (2nd ...
2014-04-22 02:02 by linuxguy
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You likely only need RC motor controllers with the right current to plug into a handheld RC wireless controller with enough channels.
2014-04-15 16:02 by CBenson
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Standard RC output PWM cables running victor 883 motor controllers at 12 volt 20 amp motors and spikes to turn on and off arm actuators that are 12 volt as well.
4 motor controls and 6 spikes.
2014-04-15 14:14 by Bubba
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