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Questions tagged [motor]

An electrical actuator that converts electrical energy into rotational motion or sustained linear motion (linear motor). There are many types of electric motors. If the specific type of motor is known, it is helpful to use or add a more specific tag, such as dc-motor, brushless-dc motor or induction-motor.

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DC Gear motor Operation

I just bought a DC gear motor- I'm trying to spin a 20 pound disk. I realize I need to hook it up to a power source, but I'm having trouble figuring out the proper source. PS I also got a DC speed ...
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Driving a DC hobby motor using an AVR and a single power supply

I've recently begun experimenting with AVRs and am keen to progress beyond making blinkies to making things move. I've tried to start with something easy, but it seems I'm already foiled! What I'd ...
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H-Bridges and Motor Stall Current

How do I determine how powerful an H-Bridge I need to control a DC-motor? In particular, does an H-Bridge need to be able to supply the full amount of current a motor will use when stalled, or would ...
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Continuous rotation 'servo' vs DC motor

Under what circumstances should I prefer a continuous rotation 'servo' to a DC motor, or vice versa? It seems to me that to use a DC motor, I'm going to need three pins from an MCU -- two for forward/...
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How does the Linistepper, open source linear Stepper Motor Drive work?

I have been trying to get the Linistepper to work, however I can't seem the understand the working of the circuit. The circuit is here. The issues that I'm unclear about are: What are the ...
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Precise motor positioning

I am trying to make a device that uses several motors all with an arrow fixed on top that has 8 fixed positions (N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW). This means steps of 45° or \$\frac{\pi}{4}\$. I am trying to ...
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Is it possible to drive a stepper motor greater than 1000 rpm?

How could I achieve this? What are the stepper motor facts and principless that I have to keep in mind to design a circuit to achive this goal? Are there any readymade/open source alternatives and ...
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Is there any way to determine the correct voltage for a stepper motor?

I recently bought a CNC mini-mill at an auction. It is fitted with steppers on the three axis. The X and Y are the same, and the Z is a bit smaller (physically). All the markings were removed from the ...
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Can I combine the power supply?

Here's the circuit I'm working on, it's a robotic stringed musical instrument thing, that uses 6 DC motors and an Arduino Duemilanove - The resistors are 0.25w 1KΩ The transistors are TIP122 ...
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Batteries for 12- to 24-V motors

I have some nice gear motors that run on 12 to 24 volts, and want to use them in a medium-sized mobile robot -- maybe 30 cm * 30 cm for the base. I only expect it to run indoors, or possibly outside ...
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How do I physically work with a hobby motor?

How do I incorporate a hobby-style motor into a project, physically. How do I mount it and connect a wheel to it? (Assume that I have a working H-bridge or even switches, and am not concerned about ...
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Arduino Speed Controllers for RC Cars

This may be a lame question but, Speed controllers on big RC cars can they be controlled from Arduino? If yes, do they have a standart? do I control them using PWM values? What should i look for if I ...
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Arduino Ardumoto

I am using Arduino and Ardumoto dc motor controller to drive a DC motor. I am kind of at lost because i have gone through 10 different motors. They either don't work( not enough power ) or not ...
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Slowing down a motor - Mousebot

I put together the a Herbie the Mousebot the other day and he is FAST! Too fast to demonstrate in a small area. Have a look a this video to see just how he zips around. Documentation: Mousebot So ...
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BLDC and three phase inverter

I want to run/control a BLDC motor from a DVD/CD-rom player and found a schematic how to do this, the so called three phase inverter (see right schematic on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Very Slow Electric Motor

A customer has asked: I want to slow down a small hobby sized DC motor to a user variable range that runs from slow to zero RPM. I would simply use a wall wart for a power supply and a ...
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Good motor supplier?

I'm looking to start a few different projects and stock up on some basic components - I was just wondering if anyone knows a good supplier of DC motors, stepper motors and servos? I'm in vicinity of ...
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Synchronise multiple Mega boards to run multiple servo motors

My friend Jules asks: The aim is to get as many servo motor controls as possible - looks like the maximum an Arduino will output is 14? Digital I/O Pins54 (of which 14 provide PWM output) I ...
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Controlling DC (Pager) Motor with Audio Signal

I'm trying to control a DC (pager) motor with a sound signal so that I can use an audio synthesizer to control the speed of the motor. I'm hoping to modulate the speed of the motor at audio rate (1-...
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Measuring force developed by a robot

I've been playing around with a Lego Mindstorms NXT robot, gearing it for speed and power. To my dismay, when geared for power, it wasn't any harder to stop than when geared for speed -- I suspect ...
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I'd like to learn how to make my own USB gadgets

I've been writing Linux character device drivers for other people's stuff for some time. I'd like to find a new hobby and the thought of making my own USB gizmos seems really neat. I would be ...
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How to drive brushless motor with Arduino?

Is it possible to drive a brushless motor directly with Arduino? Or should I revert on controlling a brushless motor ESC with PWM pulses?
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Arduino Stepper Motor

How do use use an Arduino with a Stepper Motor?