Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

3D prints: USB housing

I had this cheap USB stick that I had to take apart in order to rework the connector soldering. Once the soldering works achieved, I had to think about a quick and dirty enclosure which resulted in this: Two – almost – symmetrical parts. The top one has a bump and a small hole aligned […]

3D prints: Coil

I have multiple projects in mind starting from a metal detector up to a NMR in field earth spectrometer which require one or more coils in various shapes and sizes. Here is the presentation of a double coil, 100 mm diameter, 5 mm thickness. Here is a zoom on the back side of the coil […]

Blog of the day

While tumbling on the web for something totally different, I found this very interesting post on SERVOMOTORS, STEPPER MOTORS AND ACTUATORS FOR MOTION. Although, the illustrations are dated, I like very much the detailed, accurate and almost exhaustive description of magnetic actuators.

3D Printing (Part 11)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 3D printing is awesome. I am even wondering how I could live without it. I mean, in my professional, domestic and makers life. Before 3D print, I would have used wood, metallic wires, sheets of PVC or even cardboard to build parts in the quick and dirty mode. Just before 3D printing, I was also […]

Stepper Motors (Part 9)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Let’s go back with an easier application. Still for my friend Valerio, the puppets magician, who built this adorable model-phonograph: It is all wooden made and powered by… a stepper motor, using the electronics which has been described in previous post and showed again here A switch […]

Stepper Motors (Part 8)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 This post is about driving multiple stepper motors continuously sweeping various ranges of steps at various speeds. Each motor features a permanent sinusoidal motion (accelerated and decelerated). The complexity of the code lies in the next requirements: Each motor has its own sweeping frequency, its own full swing range (number […]

Wire as you think

I was used to build my prototypes on strip-boards, burning my fingers, loosing my nerves and making many wiring mistakes because of the mirroring effect. And then came the illumination ! As I was visiting the R&D plant of my former division in Palo-Alto I observed engineers using breadboards to design yet pretty sophisticated devices. […]

DC motors (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3 Now that we managed to get rid of (most of) the spike generated by the opening the supply line of the motor, let’s look at this plateau which happens just after the spike. From the pictures in the previous post, we have been able to observe that the voltage of this […]

DC motors (Part 2)

Part 1, 2, 3 Time for code ! Let’s write a few lines of trivial code in order to drive our controller (Check previous post). You probably heard about the analogWrite() function which is very convenient for generating PWM. Well, we will not use it ! Is it because it is too easy ? It […]

DC-motors (Part 1)

Part 1, 2, 3 DC-motors are every where in many form factors, many performances and configurations. The aim of this series of posts is not to cover all aspects of DC-motors as there are so many publications available, most of them being of excellent quality. Firstly, I will concentrate on the most common brushed DC-motors . Next […]