# Is my stepper motor doing what it should?

Hi!

I’m trying to learn to use a stepper motor with Arduino and easy driver.

After I upload my code, the motor starts but it moves in a very strange way. Here’s a video to illustrate better:

Is it moving like it should or is something wrong/broken?

Here is the code I’m using:

``````//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
//Using the easy stepper with your arduino
//use rotate and/or rotateDeg to controll stepper motor
//speed is any number from .01 -> 1 with 1 being fastest -
//Slower Speed == Stronger movement
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

#define DIR_PIN 2
#define STEP_PIN 3

void setup() {
pinMode(DIR_PIN, OUTPUT);
pinMode(STEP_PIN, OUTPUT);
}

void loop(){

//rotate a specific number of degrees
rotateDeg(360, 1);
delay(1000);

rotateDeg(-360, .1);  //reverse
delay(1000);

//rotate a specific number of microsteps (8 microsteps per step)
//a 200 step stepper would take 1600 micro steps for one full revolution
rotate(1600, .5);
delay(1000);

rotate(-1600, .25); //reverse
delay(1000);
}

void rotate(int steps, float speed){
//rotate a specific number of microsteps (8 microsteps per step) - (negitive for reverse movement)
//speed is any number from .01 -> 1 with 1 being fastest - Slower is stronger
int dir = (steps > 0)? HIGH:LOW;
steps = abs(steps);

digitalWrite(DIR_PIN,dir);

float usDelay = (1/speed) * 70;

for(int i=0; i < steps; i++){
digitalWrite(STEP_PIN, HIGH);
delayMicroseconds(usDelay);

digitalWrite(STEP_PIN, LOW);
delayMicroseconds(usDelay);
}
}

void rotateDeg(float deg, float speed){
//rotate a specific number of degrees (negitive for reverse movement)
//speed is any number from .01 -> 1 with 1 being fastest - Slower is stronger
int dir = (deg > 0)? HIGH:LOW;
digitalWrite(DIR_PIN,dir);

int steps = abs(deg)*(1/0.225);
float usDelay = (1/speed) * 70;

for(int i=0; i < steps; i++){
digitalWrite(STEP_PIN, HIGH);
delayMicroseconds(usDelay);

digitalWrite(STEP_PIN, LOW);
delayMicroseconds(usDelay);
}
}
``````

If the motor is behaving as expected with this code, then can anyone tell me how I could make it simply rotate in one direction forever (without any fancy stuff)?

Yes that code looks like it will produce that sort of movement.

then can anyone tell me how I could make it simply rotate in one direction forever

``````void loop(){

//rotate a specific number of degrees
rotateDeg(360, 1);
}
``````