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Topic: stepper motor control (Read 2 times) previous topic - next topic


the boards get pretty hot (but i think that is normal)

If it is too hot to keep your fingers on then it is too hot.
To me it sounds like some thermal protection is kicking in when the motors "relax" and at this point they are not being powered.
Try backing off the current.

joe mcd

i just want to clarify when the stepper motors go 'slack'
they will move in the specified direction but it's stilted and every 5-10 seconds the motor relaxes the projectors falls to a balanced position then move again

I agree with grumpy_mike, the symptoms look like thermal cycling.  The motor controller overheats and protects itself.  After the temperature falls, it restarts.

If you reduce duty cycle do the motors return to normal?


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