Motor shield with stepper motors
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Motor shield with stepper motors

by Techguy817 on Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:57 pm

Hi all!

Getting started with Arduino and already did the basic tutorial with the blinking light. Working on a project where I need to control stepper motors and am trying to test out one Adafruit stepper motor with a Leonardo Board and the Adafruit motor shield.


How do I stack the shield?

What is the correct way to power this setup? I plan to have the Leonardo connected to my PC but understand that the stepper motor/shield needs its own power. How do I do this?

How do I connect up the stepper motor to the shield? What order do the wires go in?

Thanks in advance! I've searched through tutorials and videos but can't seem to find these answers.

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Re: Motor shield with stepper motors

by adafruit_support_bill on Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:20 am

For just one shield, you can use the headers packaged with the shield. https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-mot ... ll-headers
If you want to stack multiple shields, you can build the shield with stacking headers: https://www.adafruit.com/product/85

There are two ways to power the shield as described in the guide: https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-mot ... -2045947-2
All of the stepper motors we sell should run using power from the Leonardo. However, to achieve maximum torque with the 12v motors a separate 12v supply i recommended.

The correct wiring depends on the type of motor. The product descriptions for the various motors in the store includes information on wire colors and connections.

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