Thank you both for helping me make a start in this part of the project. Really appreciated! It turns out I was given some dodgy advice and was told all I'd need are the stepper motors etc, nothing was said of the controllers and whatnot (I thought the arduino controllers would do it).
But, there may be saving grace. There were two items. A scanner and a printer/scanner.
- I haven't pulled apart the printer/scanner completely yet so the drivers and chips etc are all intact. Only the casings and whatnot have been removed.
- The old scanner though, i simply removed the stepper and belts etc and have them without any of the original power supply, casing etc
Here are the photos as requested:
I hope they provide some info that can help guide me with how to drive them?
Again, this help is very much appreciated.
OK put some of those part numbers into google and lots of hits come out - so you should be able to do some digging and work out how to drive them.
I would suggest you get hold of a sparkfun Easydriver module (about $15) - you can throw any reasonable level voltage at it and use it to drive either standard or stepper motors
Have a search online also for how to identify the wire pairs for a stepper motor - this will enable you to understand which wires are paired together for each of the coils.
You will need a reasonable multimeter for all of this.
I have just gotten my son into doing exactly the same thing and he is busy collecting printers and scanner etc to get as many motors, belts and pulleys as he can - then he will work out what he is going to build !
There was a good thread on here this week with someone else wiring up a stepper through this sparkfun module - search for that as a starting point for connecting it up