Building gauges and gadgets with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis and Switec stepper motors.

Jan 23, 2012 - 1 minute read - Comments - Switec X25 Arduino

Two Motors, One Arduino

Last night I built a pair of improved wiring harnesses so I could connect two motors to the Arduino. Once concern I have is that the control logic that manages the acceleration and deceleration could be so slow that it will interfere with the motor drive signaling when trying to control more than one motor. I have in mind to replace the floating point logic with a lookup table, but for now I like being able to easily fiddle with the motion parameters.

Jan 9, 2012 - 1 minute read - Comments - Switec X25 Arduino

Initial Results

Wiring It Up

Given the comments by Toby Catlin about cooking the motors while soldering, I opted to make up a harness with a connector rather than soldering directly to the motor. The pins on each winding exactly match the spacing of the first and fourth pins of a standard 0.1” connector. JST RE connectors are the right pitch, but the pins on the motor are too short and too narrow to engage with the connectors. For my first harness I cut up a floppy disk cable connector into two 4-hole sections and soldered wire to the first and fourth pins. It worked fine but it is pretty bulky, and the metal contacts in the connector did not solder very easily. For now I just pushed the tinned ends of the wires directly into the Arduino connectors. I wrote some code for the Arduino to step the motor using the IO pattern established in this post and a quick ruby script to query my pfSense firewall to get some live data to test with.

Jan 5, 2012 - 3 minute read - Comments - Switec X25 Arduino

What is Gaugette?

Gaugette is a project detailing the construction of custom analog gauges using an Arduino microcontroller and Switec X25.168 stepper motors. Each motor requires 4 digital I/O pins, and a single Arduino can drive three motors. The limit is purely due to Aruidno limit of 14 digital I/O lines.