Stacking Motor Shields
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Stacking Motor Shields

by FlatBlackVW on Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:46 am


I currently have a single 4 channel motor shield mounted and operating 2 rumble motors and 2 PC Fans. This is used for a racing simulator rig, and I would like to add atleast 4 more rumble motors, but need everything to be able to operate as independent channels. I know I could build a motor shield with the stackable headers, but I am not very comfortable soldering and do not want to mess it up.

My questions are:

Is it possible to buy a motor shield with the stacking headers already installed, which from my understanding should allow me to put that between the two boards I currently have and add 4 more motors?

If not, I see the 16 channel shield. Would that mount on my current Development board and be able to operate the 8 motors I want to use individually, with the ability to add up to 8 more? If so that may be my best solution going forward.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Stacking Motor Shields

by dastels on Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:35 am

The 16-channel shield (https://www.adafruit.com/product/1411 ??) does not include motor drivers; it's for servo or LEDs.

You could try the job board to see if anyone would like to build and sell you a stackable motor shield. But my advice is to get comfortable with soldering. You will need to be if you are to do any amount of electronics work. See https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-guide-excellent-soldering and https://learn.adafruit.com/collins-lab-soldering for tips/techniques. Also, having a decent quality soldering iron will make the process more enjoyable and the result better quality.


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