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  • Motor Shield Kit for Arduino v2
    Works
    Review by Mitchell
    Used to replace the older adyfruit motor shield that I fried a few months ago. Needed different libraries, drivers, etc... but I eventually got it to work. Works like a charm.
    (Posted on 10/6/14)
  • Motor Shield Kit for Arduino v2
    Nice board
    Review by matias
    Tested this with different stepper motors, servos and DC's, they all work nicely with this shield. Even managed to run 2 large stepper motors concurrently.
    (Posted on 9/21/14)
  • Big Easy Driver Bipolar Motor Controller v2
    Does the job
    Review by amir
    this driver did an excellent job by driving a 2A stepper motor (though, not to it's maximum torque due to heating issues).
    be careful when turning the potentiometer to increase the power to deliver to the motor, it can burn the driver, I personally burned two drivers.
    good complete documentation.
    Amir.
    (Posted on 9/14/14)
  • DRV8825 Stepper Motor Driver Breakout Board
    Replaced the A4988 with this board
    Review by Richard
    I broke two A4988 breakout boards before purchasing this and it worked right away. Used it in conjunction with the DF Robot hybrid stepper. Works like a charm.
    (Posted on 8/12/14)
  • Pololu 8-35V 2A Single Bipolar Stepper Motor Driver A4988
    Product is easy to break
    Review by Richard
    It was my fault but I broke two of these. They also wouldn't drive my hybrid stepper. Instead, I would recommend the higher performance stepper driver from pololu with the TI chip.
    (Posted on 8/12/14)
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Posted on April 23, 2014

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Posted on January 15, 2013

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Basics: What is a Motor Controller?

Posted on February 20, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Where to Start.

A Motor Controller is a device that acts as intermediary between your robot’s microcontroller, batteries and motors. A motor controller is necessary because a microcontroller can usually only provide roughly 0.1 Amps of current whereas most actuators (DC motors, DC gear motors, servo motors etc.) require several Amps. The current a motor consumes is related to [...]
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Posted on January 19, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Arduino Tutorials, Robotics Projects & Kits.

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How to Make a Robot – Lesson 9: Assembling a Robot

Posted on August 02, 2011

By Coleman Benson & filled under How To Make a Robot.

Lessons Menu: Lesson 1 – Getting Started Lesson 2 - Choosing a Robotic Platform Lesson 3 - Making Sense of Actuators Lesson 4 - Understanding Microcontrollers Lesson 5 - Choosing a Motor Controller Lesson 6 – Controlling your Robot Lesson 7 - Using Sensors Lesson 8 - Getting the Right Tools Lesson 9 - Assembling a Robot Lesson 10 - Programming a Robot Now that you [...]
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The only four stepper controller 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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... are typically used to control the Brushed DC Motor in open-loop mode and the High Power LED(two ... 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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... a separate power supply for the actuators. Stepper motor controllers allow you to control the number of steps and direction ...
2014-03-20 16:16 by CBenson
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... is to use the planetary gearbox plus the DC motor. Not many people use stepper motors, and we currently don't carry any controllers which have R/C input. The 775 (which is a pretty powerful ...
2014-02-20 16:10 by CBenson
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... I have worked a little with higher end stepper motor controllers, but am now trying to learn more about the lower cost ...
2013-10-30 16:10 by cadcoke5
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. You will also need a stepper driver if you are not salvaging the driver from the printer: http://www.robotshop.com/stepper-motor-controllers.html Also, encoders often output Gray Code: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_code ...
2013-10-23 16:21 by noviceautomation
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. You will also need a stepper driver if you are not salvaging the driver from the printer: http://www.robotshop.com/stepper-motor-controllers.html Also, encoders often output Gray Code: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_code ...
2013-10-23 13:52 by noviceautomation
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... RB-See-220 or RB-Phi-94 . You will also need a stepper driver if you are not salvaging the driver ... the printer: http://www.robotshop.com/stepper-motor-controllers.html Also, encoders often output Gray Code: ...
2013-10-23 12:44 by Carlitos
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... It is correct that you should not subject a motor shaft directly to a heavy load and instead ... at this time. If you cannot find a single stepper controller capable of controlling three ... then you'll need to buy three individual controllers. Design the mechanics in CAD first.
2013-08-05 08:16 by CBenson
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... I've only recently started learning about microcontrollers and robotics. So, I want to make a pan&tilt ... to finite angles. That's why I think stepper motors are the way to go and specifically I'm thinking of ...
2013-08-04 17:58 by shill
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... and a power source, no need of additional controllers. If you use a stepper however then you will need a stepper motor driver and a microcontroller in addition. The microcotnrolelr ...
2013-04-08 16:47 by Carlitos
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Stepper motors are sometimes used as drive systems, especially where accuracy of motion of a flat surface is concerned, but stepper motors are harder to control and don't provide much torque. the vast majority of smaller mobile ...
2013-03-28 15:07 by CBenson
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I am in school doing this stuff for the first time and I thought that a stepper sounded like it would work well. are you saying this stepper will be to slow for my robot. It has to perform a couple tasks a line follow, pull, incline, and wall climb
2013-03-28 14:00 by rwilkinson1004
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It looks like the 42BYG series consume about 2.4A or more, whereas the Pololu controller can only provide up to 2A. You'd need a more powerful controller such as RB-Spa-696.

Also, why are you using stepper motors for your drive system as opposed to DC gear motors with encoders?
2013-03-28 12:33 by CBenson
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... control the phidgets 42BYG40(M)-160-4A Nema 17 Bipolor 99:55:1 bi polar stepper motor with the Pololu 8-35v 2A single bipolar stepper motor driver A4988. I want to use two ...
2013-03-28 10:55 by rwilkinson1004
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