2017. május 27., szombat

StepTest 1.

During the Cyclone mechanical build I hate when I have to wind various axes by hand from one end to the other. I was thinking. What if I build a simple circuit for the stepper motors to do this for me. No MCUs, just a stepper driver, a variable oscillator with a speed control potentiometer, a direction control switch, and the necessary power supply.
I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so I just picked up two schematics from the net as base.
The DRV8825 stepper module minimal config from pololu:

And a 50% duty 555 config:

I used 680nF in the place of the C1 and a 1K resistor in series with a 10K potentiometer in the place of R2. Here are the result.


This allows me to change the frequency between 74 and 704Hz.

In addition to the two circuits above I added a simple 78l05 regulator, so the whole circuit runs from a single 12V supply.

Here is the build on breadboard:

During the test I realized, that the motor is quite noisy. So I think to use the microstepping and in parallel increase the frequency by reducing the value of the C1.
Next: proper build.

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