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First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor | Tips and Tricks

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, MakerSpaces, Coding | Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor | Tips and Tricks

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Fixing a Stepper-Motor for large objects

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Make objects rotating with a Stepper-Motor | Tips and Tricks

Well, in a previous tutorial <===> https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/halloween-project-with-skull-arduino-blinking-leds-and-scrolling-eyes-maker-makered-makerspaces/ <===> we created a Halloween Skull and it was fix, didn’t rotate. Fun? YES, BUT more fun when it is rotating by using a Stepper-Motor; looks then as it would observe, control the space around it 😉 And it is very easy to create, only a Stepper-Motor, an Arduino NANO and a bit Code; the rest is a bit manual work to fix mechanically the motor. And with the right tools the mechanical work is a piece of cake 😉. We will discuss ONLY the mechanical works and for the the code (Sketch) for the Arduino, please look at the following tutorial:

When fixing a small object there isn’t any problem, you just drill a hole of the diameter of the axis of the Stepper-Motor and fix it with hot glue or instant glue. BUT, when it comes to make rotating larger objects it will become unstable!! We need then also a larger support plate to fix the object. I used two techniques, one with a copper-plate of 0.8 mm (was still in my cellar for 30 years…) and/or a single-sided copper-Epoxy plate. Copper-plates are expensive and single-sided copper-Epoxy plates are on a less expensive price. They are about 0.65-1€/piece on Amazon.

 

Elegoo Set of 5 Stepper Motor 5 V

 

 

 

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Arduino NANO

 

 

ARDUINO NANO

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Drill Countersink Set / Step drill Set

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Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

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The mechanical works

First of all chose on what material you would like to fix the Stepper-Motor: this could be metal, plastic, cardboard or wood. As I like recycling, I ask in the Supermarket to get an empty wooden wine box. The Supermarket sometimes opens a six-pack of wine bottles in a wooden case (box) and they are happy NOT to recycle it themselves 😉 Here below an example for a Halloween project…

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Wooden box front view

 

Wooden wine box front view

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Wooden box rear view

 

Wooden wine box rear view

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Mounting and fixing of the Stepper-Motor

Fixing the Stepper-Motor

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Mounting and fixing of an objectCopper plate soldered n the Stepper-Motor

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Skull glued on copperplate with Stepper-Motor

Skull glued on copperplate with Stepper-Motor

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Skull is fixed on the wooden box – happy-Halloween-rotating-skull

happy-halloween-rotating-skull

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Desription:
Drill a hole with a 6 mm drill in your support, then use the 32 mm Step-Drill to make the hole diameter fit to the diameter of the Stepper-Motor. Fix the Stepper-Motor. I used a copper-plate for having a large surface to fix the chosen rotating object. The axis from the Stepper-Motor is made from brass and that fits very well with copper for soldering them together. For the soldering you need an 80 Watt solder iron with a temperature of 430° C (806° F). Before you start soldering: clean the copper-plate, take off the patina first!! Same step for the single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate!!
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Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

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Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

 

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

Single-sided Copper-Epoxy plate

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Mounting and fixing of the Stepper-Motor

Fixing the Stepper-Motor

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Mounting and fixing of an object

Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

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Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

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Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

Support for Xmas decoration

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Desription:

Above you see an example for a Xmas project, tutorial will follow soon, stay tuned 😉

 


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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Stay tuned for next blog post(s) 😉

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Maker, MakerED, Maker-Spaces | Arduino-Coding | Tips and Tools

Maker, MakerED, Maker-Spaces | Arduino-Coding | Tips and Tools

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Tools

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Make your Maker-Life less stressful with some tips and tools

You were certainly in some situations where you were shouting and swearing about situations when things didn’t work as well as expected as you didn’t have the right tools to finish a project… Well, I encountered as well such situations on projects and it wouldn’t for sure not be the last time that it will happen… SO, I was browsing internet catalogs about tools and I will present to you the most helpful ones which I found to make my Maker-Life less stressful.

It will be about some special tools as well as about complementary stuff which would be GOOD to have for a BETTER and stress-less working on projects.

Please check below some photos which show you how easy it will become with the shown tools and Tips & Tricks. You will find as well the links to order them in case of… You might choose of course ALSO your favorite supplier…

I strongly recommend the magnetic telescope and the magnetic screwdriver set with bits for any assembling!

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1 Digital Caliper

Digital caliper

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AMAZON.DE:

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B071X63BGT/

2 Magnetic Telescope to hold small metal parts, e.g. M2 nut

magnetic telescope

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AMAZON.DE:

https://amzn.to/2MGwJvj

3 Magnetic Telescope to hold small metal parts, e.g. M2 nut

magnetic telescope

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4 Magnetic Telescope to hold small metal parts, e.g. M2 nut

Magnetic Telescope

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5 Magnetic Screwdriver Set and Bits

Screwdriver Set with Bits

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AMAZON.DE:

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B074J6DWF6/

 6 Cutter Set 

Cutter Set

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AMAZON.DE:

https://amzn.to/2PrgcZ7

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7 Male headers soldered on push buttons to fit into breadboard

Pushbutton with male header pins

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8 Male headers soldered on push buttons to fit into breadboard

Pushbutton with male header pins

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9 Male breakable headers

Male breakable headers

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AMAZON.DE: 

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B06XR8CV8P/

10 M3 hexagonal Nylon spacers

Hexagonal M3 Nylon spacers

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AMAZON.DE:

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00W79JXFA/

11 9 V clip with plug to fit into Arduino UNO and Power Supply

9 V Clips with plug

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AMAZON.DE:

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B078N46QMV/

 12 9 V clip with plug to fit into Arduino UNO and Power Supply

9 V Clips with plug

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AMAZON.DE:

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B078N46QMV/

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure). L’auteur était aussi gagnant d’un concours en électronique en 1979 ( Pays germaniques ) et voyait son projet publié dans le magazine électronique “ELO”.


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

The author was also a winner of an electronics contest (Germanic countries) in 1979 and got his project published in the “Electronics Magazine ELO”.

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Caliper, Cutting Set, Magnetic Telescope, Screw Drive BITS, M3 hexagon spacers, 9 V clips with plug, Tips & Tricks…

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