Hello, I'm new to the forum and pretty new to the hardware side of robotics and the like. My question is; Would using an electromagnet be the same as using an electric motor, or would I need something else instead of a motor shield? The electromagnet will be quickly turning on and off repeatedly and I know how to programming for it, but I don't know if I need any other hardware. The electromagnet is 12v DC, .5A, 5.2W.
Thanks in advance for all your help!