Alpha le ciel has this week revealed details of a new project to make implementation easier with the Raspberry Pi Zero W Stepper Motor Module. Which is itself part of a larger project plan to make the Pi Zero W into a robust building block for robotic and CNC applications.
Due to the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC not being entirely plug-and-play when trying to use embedded applications, Alpha le ciel is now trying to improve this. [Alpha le ciel] is building this stepper motor module as the first of many Raspberry Pi hats meant to provide the Raspi with the hardware for robotics applications.
The module under development will features two A4988 stepper motor drivers, a connector for a power supply or battery providing 7-20V, and a buck converter to bring that power down to the 5V needed for the Raspberry Pi mini PC. “All the relevant pins are broken out onto the Pi’s GPIO header, making this module the simplest way possible to add a pair of motors to a Pi. What does that mean? Printers or self-balancing robots, really whatever you want.”
For more information on the Raspberry Pi stepper driver jump over to the Hackaday website by following the link below.