Im building a 3d printer with a hp photo printer. I need to sync a stepper motor to an encoder on the hp printers board. Ive done a lot of research and found that a lot of people control the steps on the motor directly with an arduino board.
Whats the use of a motor drive shield then?
I know some programming from what ive done in Pascal, visual basic and C from a few years back, so im a bit rusty Ive taken a look at the code available on this site, and im happy to say i can understand most of it.
Also, i have built some basic electronics before but never anything major or with microcontrollers, so please keep this info in mind when you reply plz
Basically assume i dont know much
Oh and btw there are 2 arduinos on there way from sparkfun to me here in south africa (yay!)
Thanx in advance for your help!