Arduino DC & Stepper Motor Control Workshop

This workshop will focus on controlling both DC and Stepper Motors using the Arduino Microcontroller.

When working on projects that require any kind of motion you will typically need to integrate a motor or two. Whether using a simple DC permanent magnet motor or a stepping motor, controling the direction, speed and/or position can be integral to the success your project. To follow are some common projects that require precise motor control:

Robotics Projects
Wheeled Robots such as line followers, light seekers and collision avoidance robots
Robotic Arms
CNC Controlled Devices
Laser Cutters
Milling and Engraving Machines
RepRap/3D Printing Machines
CNC controlled drawing, plotting machines
CNC etch-a-sketch
Automata and Mechanical Toys
Powered Whirly-Gigs and the like
Animated Holiday Decorations
Motion Conttrol of all kinds.

Utilizing the Arduino Microcontroller and a few common IC's we will explore the basics of controlling DC Permanent magnet motors and Stepper motors. The workship will utilize motors that are common to consumer electronics such as inkjet and laser printers but the concepts extend to motors of all sizes. Upon completion of the workshop attendees will be able to drive up to 2 DC motors controlling the speed and direction of each motor independently Attendees will alos learn how to precisely position both bipolar and unipolar stepper motors.

Materials Included:

Required IC's L293 & ULN2003
DC Permanent Magnet Motor
Stepper Motor

Attenedees Must bring the following:

An Arduino or Arduino Compatible Development Board. (All variants should work with material being covered)
USB Cable for programming the Arduino
Solderless Breadboard
Jumper Wires for Breadboard
Laptop computer with functional ARDUINO IDE installed (Attendees should confirm that they are able to upload a sample sketch such as the blink example to their Arduino prior to the workshop.) If you are having problems getting this to work, we will ask that you attempt to arrive an hour prior to the workshop to get assistance with getting the arduino environment working.

Cost: $40 Member Discounts apply to this workshop (Note: Attendees of our prior motor control mini-workshop are encouraged to attend free of charge.)

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If you need an Arduino and/or breadboarding materials, contact [masked] to see if these items will be available for purchase at the workshop.

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  • William S.

    Un fortunately, I have to work that day

    December 2, 2012

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