StepRocker Motor Control (TMCM-1110)

Project Info
Author: Chris
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time Invested: 1 Hours

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           We've talked about Stepper Motor Control before and even introduced a Stepper Motor Controller, but this is the first time we've had our hands on a commercial stepper motor controller board to write an article about. We got this board from a motion control company called Trinamic that makes many different types of motor control boards and their stepRocker TMCM-1110 is the board that we'll be looking at today.
           In this article we'll explore how to use a commercial motor controller board to tell a stepper motor what to do. We'll also explore some additional functionality of the board including how to setup limit switches as interrupts.

StepRocker Motor Control (TMCM-1110) - Demonstration

StepRocker Motor Control (TMCM-1110) - Test Setup

Purpose & Overview of this project
           The goal of this project is to explore what this motor controller board has in terms of features, how we can use it to drive a stepper motor and also how we can use it to detect if limit switches have been triggered.
           To reach this goal, we'll be using the stepRocker TMCM-1110 motor controller board with two different stepper motors. The controller board has on-board connections for limit switches, so we'll just need some alligator clips to connect them up to the physical switches.