DIY Stepper Controller

An Overview Of The DIY Stepper Controller
           This stepper motor controller board expands upon previous tutorials like Stepper Motor Control or the more recent L298 Stepper Motor Control and showed you how to build a single pc board that hooks up easily to a stepper motor and is controlled just as easily by a pulsing +5v signal. With a simple board like this you can get started quickly and easily on any motional control project, I used it with my most recent project The Sharpie Dotifier where it controlled 1 axis of movement for a dot drawing robot arm.

What To Do Now
           Like I've said in other motor control tutorials, moving motors is great, getting precise movements is better, but ultimately you want the motors to be moving something! Whether it is a small car or robot of your own creation, the next step is to use the motor to do something beyond just spinning around in circles. If you are looking for more advanced stepper motor control another direction you can move into is called half stepping and micro stepping. This type of control allows for better and stall-free types of control for stepper motors.

           The goal of this project, to build a board that could control a stepper motor was reached. The simplicity of the control can be seen in the data & observations section where a standard 555 timer pulsing circuit told the stepper motor how faster to move. Ultimately the tutorial was a success in building and testing the board, minor adjustments might be made for more or less current demanding stepper motors in the future, but for now the board works within the specifications I require.
           If you have any further questions, I implore you...don't be shy, take a look at the forums or ask a question there. I check them out regularly and love getting comments & questions.