Stepper Drivers

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Stepper Motor Driver Design Adam Kaufman is working on designing stepper motor drivers that are easy to make and assemble at home.

Design Goals

  • Single Sided PCB
  • Large Traces, easy use the Toner Transfer Method
  • Lowest cost components
  • Pretty (haha oh boy did I miss that mark)

Design 1

This is a simple L298 board. If you have a microcontroller doing the hard work for you, and depending on your motors, this may be a good fit for you. Based off the Solarbots K CMD Schematic: Hbridge driver schematic.png Board: Hbridge driver board.png

Design 2

This design includes two logic ICs, a CD4516BE and a CD4028BE, to control the step and direction and the L298 to control the actual motor. Kind of a composite of Design 1 and the Easy CNC Driver from this instructable. You can watch a video of it making the lights blink and the wheels turn on vimeo. Schematic: L298 Half Step Complete Schematic.png Board: L298 Half Step Complete Board.png

Design 3

This design is basically Design 2 with a somewhat failed attempt at a 555 timer to do adjustable PWM, which is required for my high-torque motors. Technically this design works (in a simulator), but I was having all kinds of problems making it work in the real world. I've considered a few other ways of doing this, but I kind of gave up at this point and ordered a couple L297s. Schematic: MM Stepper Driver V2 Schematic.png Board: MM Stepper Driver V2 Board.png


Jones on Stepping Motors