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RB-Spa-476
Excl. Tax: €34.24 Incl. Tax: €41.09
RB-Plx-132
Excl. Tax: €52.67 Incl. Tax: €63.20
RB-Spa-339
Excl. Tax: €12.07 Incl. Tax: €14.48
RB-Pol-206
Excl. Tax: €10.50 Incl. Tax: €12.60
RB-Spa-528
Excl. Tax: €48.87 Incl. Tax: €58.64
RB-Cyt-23
Excl. Tax: €36.15 Incl. Tax: €43.38
RB-Phi-67
Excl. Tax: €55.98 Incl. Tax: €67.18
RB-See-166
Excl. Tax: €10.18 Incl. Tax: €12.22
RB-Ite-53
Excl. Tax: €10.08 Incl. Tax: €12.10
RB-Spa-696
Excl. Tax: €22.52 Incl. Tax: €27.02
RB-Phi-179
Excl. Tax: €69.28 Incl. Tax: €83.14
RB-Ghi-132
Excl. Tax: €34.48 Incl. Tax: €41.38
RB-Dfr-539
Excl. Tax: €15.39 Incl. Tax: €18.47
RB-Pol-235
Excl. Tax: €8.98 Incl. Tax: €10.78
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Voltage (Max) [V] 35.0000 30.0000 45.0000 35.0000 40.0000 12.0000 30.0000 30.0000 45.0000 30.0000 35.0000
Analog 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
I²C 0 0 0 0 0 1
Parallel / Digital 0 1 1 0 0 1 Digital Digital
Serial 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
SPI 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
USB 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Nominal Current 3.0000 7.5000 2.2000 2.0000 2.0000 1.0000 0.0700 3.0000 4.0000 1.2000
Soldering Required No No Yes N/A No No No No N/A N/A N/A No No No
Voltage (Min) [V] 4.5000 7.0000 8.2000 3.0000 5.0000 4.7500 8.0000 10.0000 8.0000 8.0000 8.0000
Microstepping Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes
# of Stepper Motors 7 1 1 1 4 1 4 1 2 1 1 2 1
Type N/A Unipolar Bipolar Bipolar Bipolar Unipolar / Bipolar Unipolar Bipolar N/A Bipolar Bipolar Bipolar Bipolar Bipolar
  • 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)
  • SFE EiBoard USB Stepper/Servo Motor Robot Controller
    Proud to use and integrate
    Review by GiGa
    We use these in our products, build quality is very good, performance is excellent.
    Firmware is well documented, making customization possible.
    (Posted on 4/23/14)
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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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