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Feb 16, 2012 - 2 minute read - Comments - Switec X25

Using the SwitecX25 Library

Getting Started with the SwitecX25 Library

For Arduino IDE version 1.0 and later you can store user-contributed libraries in a subdirectory of your sketch directory named ‘libraries’. In fact you really should install them there to ensure that they persist when you upgrade the IDE.

So figure out where your project directory is (under OSX this is available in the Arduino -> Preferences menu), create a subdirectory called libraries with the project directory. The name is important, so use exactly that. Then inside that libraries directory checkout the SwitecX25 library. You should end up with this structure:

  +-- SwitecX25
     +-- SwitecX25.cpp

There is also an examples directory under that, but those two files are the critical parts of the library.

Restart the IDE and you should see the library in your Sketch -> Import Library menu. It appears in a separate section at the bottom marked contributed. Now start a new sketch. Here’s a minimum Hello World sketch for the Switec X25 that runs the motor against the zero stop then moves the motor to the center of its range.

#include <SwitecX25.h>

// standard X25.168 range 315 degrees at 1/3 degree steps
#define STEPS (315*3)

// For motors connected to pins 3,4,5,6
SwitecX25 motor1(STEPS,3,4,5,6);

void setup(void)
  // run the motor against the stops;
  // start moving towards the center of the range

void loop(void)
  // the motor only moves when you call update

I’ve added this little sketch to the library as an example, so it will appear as File -> Examples -> SwitecX25 -> center.

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