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Questions tagged [stepper-motor]

A stepper motor (or step motor) is a brushless DC electric motor that divides a full rotation into a number of equal steps. The motor's position can then be commanded to move and hold at one of these steps without any feedback sensor (an open-loop controller), as long as the motor is carefully sized to the application. (Wikipedia, 2014)

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Why are brushless servos more common than steppers in Cobots?

Essentially every cobot I've worked with uses BLDCs instead of stepper motors in the joints. When searching for answers as to why I see a lot of posts that suggest one or the other, but nothing ...
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Selection Of coupling and determining size of motor to rotate heavy disc [migrated]

Following image is something I want to design. The uniform stainless steel round plate of diameter 1000mm and thickness 10mm is rotated by a stepper motor. But after every turn, a pressure of 3000 kg/...
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Buying DC motors with fitting gears

I want to try a little project with an arduino controlled crossbow turret. Therefore I need some motors to move the turret and gears. Since this is my first try on such a project I am very unsure on ...
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Stepper drive resolution

I'm asking for help on understanding stepper motor + gearbox solution, as I've got totally confused during my research on topic. Story: Trying to make a sort of precise turning table (at least 1°/...
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Driving a gearbox with another?

I'm trying to find a 1:1000 gearbox for NEMA 17, but the highest (affordable) one I've found is 1:100. Is it a good idea to drive a 1:100 planetary gearbox with a 1:10 planetary box? Is it common to ...
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Why my stepper motor doesn't move when I attach a blade?

I wanted to use the NEMA 17 stepper to drive a blade/flapper that I have custom made for some physical application.As soon as I tighten the screw,the motor stops rotation in the usual way. Don't have ...
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Encoder attached to output of gearbox of stepper motor

I'm building a SCARA robot controlled with stepper motors and want to use an encoder to close the loop. The main reason for this is I am using an experimental gearbox with nonlinearities and zero ...
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How to calculate power supply requirements for Closed Loop Stepper Motors

I have a CNC Router table that has 4 Nema 23 stepper motor (open loop). I want to upgrade the machine and use 4 Neam 34 Closed Loop Steppers. These are the motors and drivers I'm considering: ...
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L298N briefly works, then shorts when controlling Nema 17

I'm trying to control a Nema 17 stepper motor with a L298N H-Bridge. My wiring is as below (except I'm using a ESP8266 not a YUN, and I have a mains 12V supply rather than batteries). This is ...
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What are the equations of a s-curve position path?

I have a decoupled mechatronic system with two motors. I want for each motor to give a s-curve path as reference. You can see in the image below the position path, velocity and acceleration. All ...
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How to tell if a stepper motor position is moved by external force?

I'm designing a round knob positioned by a stepper. The knob is intended move by an external force while positioned by the stepper. I'd like the stepper to release (power off) when the knob is ...
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Struggling to understand Jacobian Inverse Kinematics

I'm trying to find a method to control a moveo 5dof arm. My goal is to calculate the right angle to turn for each stepper motor to reach a desired point in real environment. I've spent time looking at ...
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CNC stepper motors are loud and slow after decreasing the steps/mm from 250 to 5

I'm making a drawing robot and have hooked up my steppers to each axis. I'm using the grbl shield with arduino and nema 17 steppers. Initially the firmware was set at 250 steps/mm but with my setup ...
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Tamiya Dual Gearbox attached to an Arduino Uno Board

I'm building a robot that uses the arduino uno microcontroller, and the tracks system is run by the tamiya 70168-Double-Gearbox-Kit. Each Tamiya motor only uses 3V which is fine but it seems the ...
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Controlling Stepper or DC motor with L298 or L293 and getting operation similar to Servo for 6 dof arm

I will be using 1:4 gear ratio and thus will require a motor with a continuous 360 motion and a high torque for efficient functioning. Servo motors with continuous rotation and high torque are very ...
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How to move a Stepper Motor to a desired angle with raspberry pi?

I will be using stepper motor in 6 DOF robotic arm along with Servo motors. Unlike Servo motor ,I find difficult to control Stepper motor. I was earlier using only Servo Motors but due to lack of ...
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Which motor to use for self-balancing-bot?

I am building a self balancing bot using MPU-6050 Arduino Mea 2560 100 rpm 12V DC motors Currently I have used two 100 rpm DC motors in the bot. The pwm signal is given to the bot on the basis of ...
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Motorised Stage for laser

The problem I want to be able to move the direction a laser is pointing. This means I need to have motorised rotation of the laser head in the x direction and in the y direction. I am unsure of the ...
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raspberry pi operating a unipolar stepper motor with a L293D IC

I need some help with a project where I am trying to operate a unipolar stepper motor with a raspberry pi's using the 4 GPIO pins and using a L293D IC as an amp to get it to the operating 12V of the ...
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Is missed step detection of a stepper motor done is software or hardware?

I remember seeing a video of the Prusa i3 Mk3 printer. It can detect when the stepper motor misses a step, so it can home itself again. I would like to know how this is done! There are a few options ...
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L298N driver takes too much current

I'm using L298N motor driver to spin stepper motor (42BYGHM809). When connecting it to batteries(2*9v), the batteries heats up after few minutes and stop working, and when connecting it to power ...
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How to reduce the small free rotation/movement of a stepper motor shaft?

I was successful in running a 28BYj-48 stepper motor with 4096 steps per revolution. I am happy with the result. But there is a free movement of the motor shaft itself - you can move the motor shaft ...
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DC geared Motor 20 NM 25 RPM small dimensions. [closed]

My application requires a DC geared motor with torque of 10 NM - 20 NM and low speed (25 RPM at most) and a small dimensions (120 mm length at most). I failed to find my specs at eBay, and Alibaba ...
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Using brushless motors for very high torque

I'm currently building an robotic arm and I want the elbow joint to be comparable to a human one But here's the problem, electric linear actuators are too slow and have low torque, same goes with ...
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Kinect V2 (Arm/Hand Reading) to G-Code

I am very new to this space and would greatly appreciate some clear guidance. I have a Raspberry Pi 3, Arduino Mega 2560+Shield, and Kinect v2 + PC USB cable adapter. I am currently building the ...
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How do I choose the stepper motor torque for my robotic arm

I'm a communication engineer so my knowledge about robotics is very little. I know the basic formula of torque T=mgL in my project I have 2 arms & 2 motors i used a torque calculator online ...
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How can I calculate speed and torque of stepper motor screw

I want to choose stepper motor screw with slider for use it to shift cube with side 5 cm and wight 250 g . I found this motor .. how can I calculate speed and torque of slider
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How to calculate my power supply voltage and current?

My stepper motor specifications: Phase = 2 step angle = 200 step/rev voltage = 12 V current = 0.33A/phase resistance = 34ohm/phase Inductance = 46omh/phase holding torque = 23N.cm min detent ...
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Design of an equatorial mount [closed]

I am considering designing an equatorial mount for astrophotography. I have been researching on the best way to do that and I am thinking on using a stepper motor with a gearbox. The thing is that it ...
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Stepper Motor Torque [duplicate]

Tried searching for this answer in a simple way but can't seem to find the answer.. I have a 3 axis Bipolar Nema 17(Took off my 1st 3d printer =) ) robotic arm(Homemade) and provides 28oz-57oz of ...
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Detecting “zero” when turning a potentiometer from a stepper motor [duplicate]

We're using a stepper motor to control a knob on a piece of audio equipment. The stepper is coupled to the potentiometer shaft with a simple coupler. Right now, in order to get to "zero" on the ...
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Stepper Motor For “Cable Car” System

I am a programmer with a lot of experience in IoT but somewhat new to actuators and robotics. I would like to create a "Cable Car" which consists of two stepper motors and a pulley. The motors would ...
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Servo coupler size needed

Hey all I would like to know what type of coupler I would need for this type of servo? The specs are: I'm guessing that the 25T means it has 25 teeth in the part that holds the adapters? So I would ...
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Will this have more or less lifting strength

Bit of an engineering question. If a snake robot is 100 cm long, and every 10 cm is another motor. Would the robot lift more weight, the longer/more motors attached to it.. or is lifting ability ...
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Why are some motor shafts stiff while others spin freely when not powered?

Most servos and steppers I've worked with are able to spin manually when no power is applied, but I've come across a couple which are stuck in their position. I'm not sure if they are just very ...
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What stepper motor driver to use?

I want to control a DVD drive's stepper motor with an arduino uno, but at the moment I'm not sure what kind of motor driver will work for that. I am currently looking at this one I have no idea ...
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Going around Voltage Limitation on Battery for Steppers?

Am building a device that will use two stepper motors and a servo. One of the main requirements, is that the on-board battery cannot exceed 9.6 volts. The stepper motors have not been picked yet, and ...
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2DOF arm with quick movement: Stepper, servo, or DC motor?

To make a two degree of freedom arm capable of speeds needed to play air hockey, how should the arm be controlled? I'm wondering about speed vs accuracy. The following image is from a project ...
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Which kind of motors and how powerfull should they be for a robotic arm

I am building a robotic arm with these specifications: 1 meter long approx. 1kg weight it is made of 4 motors. (2 at the base. One for rotating the whole arm left and right and another one for ...
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Using a six wire stepper motor with L298n

I am using a L298n IC and (not a driver shield) and an Arduino. I would like to know how to use the IC with the Arduino to run a six wire stepper motor. Could I have a detailed explanation for ...
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What is the best way to plug in more than 3 stepper motors into a Arduino Uno board?

I'm developing a 5 axis robotic arm with stepper motors and I am getting around to ordering most of my parts. I plan on using 5 EasyDriver shields to drive all of my motors. I am also planning on ...
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What kind of torque is needed for a small 5-6 axis robotic arm?

I'm new to robotics and I'm looking to make a 5-6 axis robotic arm out of stepper motors but I honestly don't know how much torque I should have for each part. Below I have described in more detail ...
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How to find Friction or Viscous force b (nmsec) in DC motor

PLease guide me How to find Friction or Viscous force b (nmsec) in DC motor for a particlar speed. The motor is connected with a gear and the ration is 26:1 I want to find for 200 rpm and the motor ...
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Which mechanical device could repeatedly present an ID tag to a card-reader

I'm trying to build a test-automation robotic arm which can repeatedly present an ID-tag (such as RFID or NFC card or fob) to a card reader. I suspect our reader fails either (a) after hundreds of ...
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Choosing stepper motor for hand

I'm developing a robotic hand, and decided to place motors inside joints (as in picture) and I'm stuck with finding a stepper motor that can fit there. Approximate size of motor body is radius - 10mm, ...
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A simple function plotter project

To plot any curve or a function on a paper we need points of that curve, so to draw a curve, I will store a set of points in the processor and use motors, markers and other mechanism to draw straight ...
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RC car circuit: what does it do?

I have just disassembled a RC car (a BBR 1:18 Scale Ferrari Enzo from 2005). Attached to the stepper motor that controls the steering of the car was a small circuit board with a cog wheel attached to ...
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Panasonic MSMO22F2G (stepper motor hook-up)

I have a Panasonic MSMO22F2G Servo Motor that I'm using as a stepper motor. The motor has 4 wires coming out of a port farther to the front, and 11 wires coming out of a port towards the rear of the ...
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How can I increase the resolution of a PWM signal?

Say I have a motor and I want it to spin at exactly 2042.8878 revolutions per minute. Say I have a very precise sensor to detect the RPM of the motor to a resolution of 1/1000th of a revolution per ...