How to connect Stepper motors to a Raspberry Pi


The page demos how to connect 28BYJ-48 stepper motors to a Raspberry Pi.
These small stepper motors are available on ebay for £3.99 + p+p.
They’re not very powerful, but they make for convenient testing
with a Raspberry Pi, as they will run straight off the Raspberry Pi.

These steppers come with a ULN2003A Driver board, the ULN2003
contains 7 darlington transistors. These boost the current capabilities
of the RPI so that it can supply enough power for the stepper motor.
How to connect Stepper motors to a Raspberry Pi A stepper motor can be controlled to move in very precise “steps”, each
step turns the shaft between 0.36 and 5.6 degrees, depending on the
make of the motor.Because of it precision, the stepper motor is perfect
for controlling of machines.

The driver board

The driver board contains a ULN2003A darlington driver board. This little chip contains 7 darlington transistors,
these transistors allow the small current output from the Raspberry Pi to control a bigger current (the stepper motor)
The diodes in the IC are there to deal with the back emf from the stepper motors coils. When the current is switched off to one of the coils, the magnetic field around the coil collapses rapidly, this creates a high voltage spike across the coil wire. This spike could damage the PI, so the diodes job is to dissipate this voltage safely.

Here is a circuit diagram that shows the driver board and the internal workings of the ULN2003A IC.

Power Connections
These two connections provide power to the ULN2003A from the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO
Connect ”  – (NEGATIVE) ” to P1 PIN 6 (Named GND)
Connect ” + (POSITIVE)” to P1 PIN 2 (Named +5v)




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