The Arachnoid Mobile Platform is an open source robotics development platform used to make small autonomous moving robots. It can be either configured as a four-legged robot, or as a two wheeled robot. The PCB board holds all the electronics and mechanical components, and also serves as the chassis of the robot.
AMP – Arachnoid Mobile Platform - [Link]
Davide Gironi writes:
This library is an update of the software PWM driver you can find here.
This update implements also progressive start / stop features. So, with this one, you can drive up to 4 motors independently controlling: speed, direction, slow start / stop
Driving a DC motor using software PWM with AVR ATmega - [Link]
This project is a DC motor driver, suitable for motors that of low or medium power. Allows controlling up to 6 motors or 3 motors if you want to control the rotation of the motors. The controller is build around the IC L293D that can provide 600mA per channel, and a H-Bridge designed with transistors NPN and PNP transistors, than can provide 1.15A per channel.
DC Motor Driver using L293D - [Link]
Over 60 years of experiences of German company EBM-PAPST in the fans development reflects in an uncompromising quality of products.
It may sound like a phrase, but to rely on a quality is almost always worth – mainly because of overall savings. Long lifetime and energy efficiency will at the end of the day reflect into lower operation expenses. Quality materials sophisticated construction, precise bearings and results from long-term tests say in favor of EBM-Papst fans. EBM-PAPST has in its testing laboratories 1500 operating fans and there can be even found fans continuously operating from 80´s (!). EBM-Papst is quite stringent regarding a declared lifetime and in comparison to other producers it declares „less optimistic” values, as illustrated on an enclosed picture. It means, that if we compare 2 fans from various producers with similar features, it´s very probable that the type from EBM-Papst will have a higher real lifetime. In the EBM-Papst portfolio can be found practically all types of fans and blowers, from smallest to massive industrial ones, axial, radial (centrifugal), diagonal a tangential. The most of fans is also available in a version resistant to dust and water with IP54. EBM-Papst is a pioneer in the development of energetically efficient fans with a significantly lower power consumption and a quieter operation, for example the ACmaxx and GreenTech_EC series.
EBM-Papst portfolio is very wide, that´s why we keep in stock only a few most wanted types and any other type we´re able to provide you upon request. To the standard stock items we newly added also the type 7056ES – AC fan with of a 150mm diameter. 7056ES is a well proven powerful type with a ball bearing and an all-metal construction. Precise ball bearings SINTEC feature a constant low noise during all the lifetime and a low sensitivity to impacts. 27W motor contains an external capacitor and a thermal fuse against overload. High air flow – 330m3/hr, i.e. over 90 litres per second make this type a universal choice for ventilation of various spaces or cooling of electronics and similar.
Fans able to operate continuously for 30 years - [Link]
Viktor blogged about his bipolar stepper motor driver based on Texas Instuments’ LMD18245 build:
After extensive research on the internet I decided to make a bipolar stepper motor driver based on Texas Instuments’ LMD18245, which is a 3A, 55V DMOS Full-Bridge Motor Driver. It incorporates all the circuit blocks required to drive and control current in a bipolar stepper motor.
Bipolar stepper motor driver circuit with LMD18245 - [Link]
Christopher Hawkins made this cool DIY 3d printed stepper motor: [via]
This is a programmable stepper motor and driver that I made out of some nails, magnet wire, neodymium magnets, a digispark microcontroller, and a 3D printed piece that I designed around these things. My goal was to make something about the size of a business card that moved. You can’t exactly fit it in your wallet but it does indeed move. It just a first draft- there’s lots of room for improvement. It has a step angle of 15 degrees (although the way I’m driving it, it is 7.5 degrees.)
3D Printed Stepper Motor - [Link]
Steven Keeping writes:
The brushless DC (BLDC) motor is becoming increasingly popular in sectors such as automotive (particularly electric vehicles (EV)), HVAC, white goods and industrial because it does away with the mechanical commutator used in traditional motors, replacing it with an electronic device that improves the reliability and durability of the unit.
An Introduction to Brushless DC Motor Control - [Link]
Texas Instruments has introduced two 3-phase, brushless DC (BLDC) motor drivers that allow designers to spin motors in minutes rather than months. [via]
Traditional BLDC motor designs require five to ten components, along with firmware. The sensorless 5-V, 680-mA DRV10866 and the 12-V, 1.5-A DRV11873 cut this component count to one with no firmware required, significantly reducing board space and system costs. The devices also provide the lowest operating voltage and standby current to reduce power consumption by up to 75%.
Spin Motors in Minutes Without Using Sensors - [Link]
Here’s a Motor Control via Proximity Sensing. In this article, we go step-by-step through the process of understanding, designing and building a system that uses an infrared proximity sensor for input, correlates that input to how far away an object is from the sensor and then drives a motor and some LEDs at distinct speeds depending upon the proximity of the object.
IR Proximity Motor Control - [Link]