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Driving stepper motors directly

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A customer on our website asked the following question:

I have 10 years programming LabVIEW and several years experience in PLCs (6 Siemens, 2 Rockwell). I am bored with PLCs b/c I would LOVE to do something basic like drive stepper motors directly. What product(s) do you sell that can enable me to do this? Thanks a million,

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A customer on our website asked the following question:

I have 10 years programming LabVIEW and several years experience in PLCs (6 Siemens, 2 Rockwell). I am bored with PLCs b/c I would LOVE to do something basic like drive stepper motors directly. What product(s) do you sell that can enable me to do this? Thanks a million,

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Hello,

Many of the system boards on the Digilent website use 3.3V CMOS logic to operate their external I/O pins, so they are more suited to be the main controller to run the peripheral component that is able to support the current and voltage requirements on the motor. Digilent does have a PmodSTEP that can drive a 4 or 6 pin stepper motor, although you could also use something like the PmodOD1 to drive the motor at a high voltage and current rating.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Thanks,
JColvin

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