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Question #: 83

Question: do I need a stepper driver for each motor?

Current Solution

If you are running the motors on the same axis you could use 1 larger driver to run 2 smaller motors. However, we have not tried this.

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  • I'm going to use 2 stepper motors for my X-axis. Can I use the same connections on the B/O board to do this knowing I will need 2 separate driver boards.

    Yes, absolutely. If you need two motors for a single axis, you will want to use the same terminals for pulse and direction from the breakout board.

    More specifically, you will wire the step/pulse pin to both drivers, and the direction pin to both drivers. If the motors need to turn in different directions, simply swap the A and B coil connections on one of the motors.

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    I'm going to use 2 stepper motors for my X-axis. Can I use the same connections on the B/O board to do this knowing I will need 2 separate driver boards.

  • With a 1/2 lead screw what is the optimal steps for the stepper motor driver 1/16, 1/8, 1/4 etc

    We typically use a 1/4 microstepping for lead screws, but you want to determine the microstepping only after you determine what resolution you want on that axis of the machine.

    The formula:
    Resolution is steps per inch or steps per milimeter

    I will go over this using steps/inch:
    steps = motor steps x driver microstepping
    inch = the amount of travel with one full stepper motor rotation

    In the case of our 1/2" 5 start 10 TPI lead screw, the axis will travel .5 inches with one stepper motor rotation.

    Let's use 1/4 microstepping (4 microsteps for each stepper motor step)

    Therefore:
    (200 steps x 4) / .5 inches =
    800 steps / .5 inches =
    1600 steps/inch

    Now let's use 1/2 microstepping (2 mistrosteps)

    (200 steps x 2) / .5 inches =
    400 steps / .5 inches =
    800 steps/inch

    Remember that increasing microsteps, the torque is also reduced, but the smoothness from the motor is increased.

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    With a 1/2 lead screw what is the optimal steps for the stepper motor driver 1/16, 1/8, 1/4 etc

  • How do I wire two stepper motors for one axis?

    Yes, you can use 2 motors in the same axis output, however you will still need a driver for that motor! Also depending on the orientation on which you mount the motor you might have to invert the direction of the motor, and that will be simple by swapping the A+,A-, to the B+,B- locations and vice versa, from the driver to the motor wiring.

    Also you can run a slave motor using another axis on the board, and setting it up in the Planet-CNC settings.

    Planet-CNC/File/Settings/Axes, here you will enter 3 in the Number of Axes location, and then change the Function of the Axis 4 to Slave 1. There you will have the 4th axis or A-axis be a slave for the x-axis.
    Slave 1 - X-Axis
    Slave 2 - Y-Axis
    Slave 3 - A-Axis
    Slave 4 - B-Axis
    Etc...

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    How do I wire two stepper motors for one axis?

  • Can you guys make a video showing how to adjust the white pin combinations on the redleaf drivers, in relation to the various combinations needed for the different size stepper motors?

    The dip switch settings on the drivers have a table on the top of the driver itself. To determine the size of the motor and driver compatibility, you first need to associate the motor to the correct driver (i.e. if the motor requires 6 amps to deliver the rated torque, you will need a driver that can allow for a 6 amp draw). Second, if the motor is rated within the amp specs of the driver, then you need to look at the motor datasheet (located on the product page of each motor) and look at the amp rating related to the wiring scheme you selected (most likely bipolar parallel). Se the dip switches to select an amp that matches this rating found in the datasheet. Remember that the dip switch is ON if UP and OFF if DOWN. On = 1 and off = 0.

    If you think a video would be more helpful, please call us and we can discuss this.

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    Can you guys make a video showing how to adjust the white pin combinations on the redleaf drivers, in relation to the various combinations needed for the different size stepper motors?

  • What are the toggle switch settings on the stepper motor drivers for the .5 in. lead screw 10 tpi 2 turns per inch? Thankyou!

    On the top of the stepper motor drivers is a grid with the appropriate toggle switch positions for the lead screw being used. If it is 2 turns per inch, the proper toggle switch positions would be 01101110. Try this and see if it works.

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    What are the toggle switch settings on the stepper motor drivers for the .5 in. lead screw 10 tpi 2 turns per inch? Thankyou!

  • If I use a Porter Cable 3-3/4 router motor what size stepper motors do I need?

    You can use the standard electronics combo: http://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-3axis-425-elcombo. The size of the stepping motors are generally sized with the overall machine structural weight, inertia of parts, the type of mechanical parts used to move the axes, and actually, less by the router which is more connect to how the machine is controlled.

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    If I use a Porter Cable 3-3/4 router motor what size stepper motors do I need?

  • I cannot turn the shaft of my stepper motor. It not even connected to a driver

    The motor is creating it's own EMF when you try to turn the shaft manually. When coils are connected (or not connected) to any circuit that is not powered can cause unpredictable results.

    The motor freezing from just turning it by hand with no connection is surely the wires touching each other. This is actually how we test if a motor is good or bad. If the motor freezes when two of the wires are touching, that means the motor is functioning properly since the magnets are causing current to flow through that coil opposing the magnet.

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    I cannot turn the shaft of my stepper motor. It not even connected to a driver

  • I need to determine steps/inch mach3 setup information for my motors and drivers.

    blueChick:

    X-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/16 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 11001100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1422.22 steps/in

    Y-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/16 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 11001100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1422.22 steps/in

    Z-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/4 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 10101100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1600 steps/in

    blackToe:

    X-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/16 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 11001100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1422.22 steps/in

    Y-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/16 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 11001100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1422.22 steps/in

    Z-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/4 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 10101100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1600 steps/in

    blackFoot:

    X-axis
    “CW8060 (6.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/16 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 11001100 (“0”=down, “1”=up)
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 914.29 steps/in

    Y-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/16 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 11001100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1422.22 steps/in

    Z-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/4 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 10101100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1600 steps/in

    greenBull:

    X-axis
    “CW8060 (6.0A) Driver”
    Set to 5.43A, 1/16 Microstep
    Dipswitches: 01100110 (“0”=down, “1”=up)
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 914.29 steps/in

    Y-axis
    “CW8060 (6.0A) Driver”
    Set to 5.43A, 1/16 Microstep
    Dipswitches: 01100110
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 914.29 steps/in

    Z-axis
    “CW8060 (6.0A) Driver”
    Set to 5.43A, 1/4 Microstep
    Dipswitches: 01100100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1600 steps/in


    Scratch-Build / Book-Build Kit:

    X-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/4 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 10101100 (“0”=down, “1”=up)
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1600 steps/in

    Y-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/4 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 10101100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1600 steps/in

    Z-axis
    “CW230 (3.0A) Driver”
    Set to 1/4 Microstep, 2.7A
    Dipswitches: 10101100
    Mach3 Motor Tuning: 1600 steps/in

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    Additional Information:
    Scratch built/book CNC with NEMA 34 motors and CW8060 microstep driver

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    I need to determine steps/inch mach3 setup information for my motors and drivers.

  • For a stepper motor that requires 5.5 amps, would you recommend setting the stepper driver to 5.43 or 6 amps? Better to go lower or higher?

    If your motor spec call for 5.5 amps, it is best to set the driver for the setting that matches that spec, or the next lowest value. This will allow the motor to run within its designed characteristics.

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    For a stepper motor that requires 5.5 amps, would you recommend setting the stepper driver to 5.43 or 6 amps? Better to go lower or higher?

  • stepper motor steps per inch formula

    The formula and calculation is a starting point to get into the area of steps per inch. You will then need to use the mach3 calibration utility to get the exact steps per inch.

    Formula:
    step per inch = (motor steps * microstepping) / (travel at one turn of the motor in inches)
    if microstepping is set at 16 (1/16 on the driver) then and you are using a sprocket and chain with a pitch of .25 inches and 12 teeth on the drive sprocket
    = (200 * 16) / (12 * .25)
    = 3200 / 3
    = 1066.666 steps per inch

    For lead screw that has a travel of .5 inches at one turn like the 5 start 1/2 inch lead screw and using 4 microsteps per step (1/4):
    = (200 * 4) / (.5)
    = 800 / .5
    = 1600 steps per inch

    Remember to use the mach3 calibration wizard and double check the driver microstep setting.

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  • The Datasheet link for the stepper driver seems to need Microsoft Office to open. Is there another way to open that data sheet link?

    Fixed. The 3.0 amp driver datasheet has been converted to a pdf.

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    The Datasheet link for the stepper driver seems to need Microsoft Office to open. Is there another way to open that data sheet link?

  • Do you ship to Mexico? I need a Driver for Nema 34

    Yes, we do ship to Mexico. In the cart, just select the shipping option and it will give you the shipping prices for USPS, FedEX and UPS.

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    Do you ship to Mexico? I need a Driver for Nema 34

  • When using shielded wire from driver to stepper motor, where should I connect the shielding? Should it be ground on transformer or something/somewhere else?

    If you are using shielded wire between the motor and driver, the shielded portion (the reflective jacket within the insulated portion of the wire) and any spare wires, or stranded wire should all be grounded and be inserted into the GND terminal on the driver.

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    When using shielded wire from driver to stepper motor, where should I connect the shielding? Should it be ground on transformer or something/somewhere else?

  • Please explain how to connect 2.5AMP stepper motor driver to USB board. All parts are from your store. Thanks

    From the USB controller, the CP+ and CW+ are connected to the 5V terminal. The CP- is connected to the CP terminal of the driver and the CW- is connected to the CW terminal of the driver.

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    Please explain how to connect 2.5AMP stepper motor driver to USB board. All parts are from your store. Thanks

  • HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLACKFOOT

    The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

    The X axis needs 15 feet
    The Y axis needs 17 feet
    and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

    These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

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    HOW MUCH MOTOR CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLACKFOOT

  • Where are the datasheets for the stepper motors?

    You can find the datasheets to our motors be going to the the stepping motor category page https://www.buildyourcnc.com/category/nema and selecting the motor. This will bring you to the product page for the motor and all of the motor information will be found there.

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    Where are the datasheets for the stepper motors?

  • What size stepper motors does the blueChick use?

    The blueChick uses NEMA 23 425 oz/in motors.

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    What size stepper motors does the blueChick use?

  • I ordered the 3-axis medium stepper motor kit. The drivers i recieved were those for the 3-d printer main board, not the modular ones. How am i suppose to wire that up now?
  • what is the wiring coler and pin # for the whiteant extruder stepper motor

    For our extruder motor wire color and pin would be Red(A), Yellow(C), Gray(B), Green(D). The 2 x 3 (6) pin connectors on our 3D mainboard, are connectors for motor drivers. Pin #1 is 12v, Pin #2 s ground, Pin #3 is step, Pin #4 is direction, Pin #5 is enable and, Pin #6 is 5v.

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    what is the wiring coler and pin # for the whiteant extruder stepper motor