[Jonathan] covers a lot of ground during his motors talk at the 2015 Hackaday SuperConference. He discusses brushed DC, stepper, servo, and brushless motors. Although just scraping the surface of each type of motor [Jonathan] touches the important details you can use to determine which type of motor is best for your project. The slide show he has put together has quite a bit of information and tips for beginners that might go overlooked when choosing a motor. For instance a list of 30 attributes that should be considered when selecting a motor. Included in that list are the 7 attributes [Jonathan] places priority on when he chooses a motor for one of his projects. We’ll delve deeper into that after the break.
Once you nail down a motor type for your project the real challenge begins, the controller. [Jonathan] does an excellent job laying out the big picture options for someone with little to no experience with motor control. Along the way he throws in little tips like exchanging the transistors in your H-Bridge for MOSFETs when you need more power, then he double tips by reminding you to add heatsinks when adding power. We know [Jonathan] can’t keep you from letting the magic smoke out of your MOSFETs, but he is going out of his way to try.
Stepper motors may seem more complex, after all unlike brushed DC motors which have 2 wires to connect to positive voltage and ground, stepper motors can have 4, 5, 6, or 8 leads to wire up. [Jonathan] calms us down before panic ensues by breaking down exactly what is going on in a stepper motor. How the coils of a stepper can be related to a DC motor he previously discussed. Moreover he goes into several examples for controlling these multi-wired beasts and explains why he uses one technique over another.
[Jonathan] also mentions that their may be a follow up talk on closed loop control so keep a close eye on his hackaday.io project page. Check out the video after the break for [Jonathan]s rundown on various motors including schematic controller examples and where to find example code.
Lead By Example
We would like to take a moment to acknowledge how awesome [Jonathan Beri] is for sharing the experience of giving a technical talk first hand. From outlining the broad strokes of his talk on hackaday.io in its early stages all the way through the finished slides for his presentation. [Jonathan] commented his presentation (better than most of the code we write) with his talking points and sources so be sure to look for that. You can click through his presentation as you watch the video above or revisit it from the comfort of mid-project frustration as needed. All that is to say: one last thank you to [Jonathan Beri] is well deserved for sharing his process in such an open and transparent way, we hope to see more from [Jonathan] in the future and we might just hold you to that closed loop control follow-up talk too ;).