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This was purely an educational experiment i did for myself, but since it took me a while to research i tought i'd share it with the world.

Step 1: The PCB

In order to drive the stepper motor, i used a relay board i made a couple months earlier. It consists of 3 Relays forming an H-Bridge ( for the people who don't know what that is, it's a circuit that allows a motor, or multiple motors to turn in both directions )

This board is not the best way i could have done it but since i had it laying around, i decided to use it.

You could also run the motor using Mosfets for example or a Stepper driver.

The setup i have consists of 1 Relay with 2 switching contacts to change polarity

and 2 relays to turn each winding on/off

VERY IMPORTANT INFO IF USING RELAYS

make sure that if you are using relays, to ALWAYS use a freewheeling diode!

or you might end up destroying your microcontroller and also your circuit wil malfunction big time.

If you do not know what a freewheeling diode is, i suggest you google it.

Step 2: Measurements

Using a 9V battery to power the motor, it draws about 180mA of current.

So make sure that if you are using a stepper motor IC, that it can handle that amount of current and voltage.Publish

Step 3: Writing the Software

To make the stepper motor work, you have to follow a certain sequence.

The stepper i am using is a bipolar stepper, which means it has 2 coils.

Each coil has 2 connections

i will explain the phases you have to go through by it's polarity. Either +/- or -/+ :

Phase 1 :

+/- on winding 1

Phase 2 :

+/- on winding 2

Phase 3 :

-/+ on winding 1 ( reverse polarity )

Phase 4 :

-/+ on winding 2 ( again, reverse polarity )

Loop these phases and you'll have your stepper motor turning consistantly

To make the motor turn back, simply repeat your last phase but with reversed polarity.

I tried to explain this as good as i can with the little resources i have, this is also my first instructable ever so please be gentle on me :p

I hope you learned something

<p>Cool idea! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the community!</p>

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