Stepper Motor Driver

Discussion in 'Plasmacam Retrofit' started by SignTorch, 4/24/14.

  1. SignTorch

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    For the Z axis, I'm using a standard Gecko stepper driver - http://www.geckodrive.com/geckodrive-step-motor-drives/g213v.html for $166.00 - one required

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    This is a standard bipolar microstepping driver with same voltage characteristics as the servo drives.


    Note: the plasmacam Z axis is kinda lame - it's weak and slow compared to XY axii, and the slide leaves a lot to be desired

    I recommend to just replace the Z axis with a small servo and precision actuator so as to not be limited by that stepper motor Z axis - keep reading...
     
  2. SignTorch

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    this is the way to go - tiny servo and lightweight slide

    showing 400 ipm velocity and 200 ipss acceleration :jawdrop:

     

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