LMD18245 PDF

The multi-technology process used to build the device combines bipolar and CMOS control and protection circuitry with DMOS power switches on the same monolithic structure. The LMD controls the motor current via a fixed off-time chopper technique. An innovative current sensing method eliminates the power loss associated with a sense resistor in series with the motor. A four-bit digital-to-analog converter DAC provides a digital path for controlling the motor current, and, by extension, simplifies implementation of full, half and microstep stepper motor drives. For higher resolution applications, an external DAC can be used. C, Infinite Heatsink 25W 3.

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Since I have no experience in using stepper motors I had no idea what parts, what driver and controller circuits I would need to get them running. This integrated circuit is a bit more involved to program although surprisingly simple compared to what it delivers but comes with many extra features for free , such as overcurrent protection and thermal shutdown. To overcome this problem I designed a small breakout board for the chip: R3 and C5 are placeholders on the PCB to achieve more precise component values.

It has footprint for all the parts needed for normal operation or experimenting with the LMD It also has a 15 pin header to allow easy access to each pin of the chip. I designed the circuit and PCB in Eagle. As usual, after downloading it I double checked the footprint used against the datasheet and found it correct, so I started designing the circuit with it.

Everything checked out, so I sent the gerber files for production. That means all the holes had to be enlarged. Luckily, I have a small drill and drill bits as small as 0. Close-up of a fully populated LMD breakout board in the test environment Test application To test the breakout boards I created a simple circuit around a PIC18f The circuit works just fine without them as well.

This is the full setup: The rubber band on the motor is placed there to prevent damage to my desk in case it resonates much. I understand if I used higher voltage up to 55V The motor could run faster, but I cannot test this right now. For any real life application the LMD needs heatsinks.

In the test rig, however, I observed that as long as the axis is in continuous movement there is no heat dissipation almost at all. Even after hours of running the chips are all at room temperature. When I slow down movement, i. The alligator clip on the axis of the motor serves only one purpose: makes motor movement visible. Continuous movement in one direction This video shows how smooth in goes in one direction.

There is no noticeable resonance coming from the motor, it really runs very smoothly. Circling back and forth In this video the motor takes one full circle full steps in one direction, makes a small pause, then does the same in the opposite direction, all at full speed.

Again, movement is very smooth, only at start and stop you can notice some shaking of the motor body. Where to go from here? Implementing microstepping to make movement more granular, more precise and less shaky should be easy, I just need to develop further tables to control the LMD I am planning on using the knowledge and experience gained in this experiment in several future projects.

I currently have plans for a CNC machine and a time lapse rig for cameras. Stay tuned!

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