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The First Maker-Friendly Guide to Electric Motors!
Makers can do amazing things with motors. Yes, they’re more complicated than some other circuit elements, but with this book, you can completely master them. Once you do, incredible new projects become possible.
Unlike other books, Motors for Makers is 100% focused on what you can do. Not theory. Making.
First, Matthew Scarpino explains how electric motors work and what you need to know about each major type: stepper, servo, induction, and linear motors. Next, he presents detailed instructions and working code for interfacing with and controlling servomotors with Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi, and BeagleBone Black. All source code and design files are available for you to download from motorsformakers.com.
From start to finish, you’ll learn through practical examples, crystal-clear explanations, and photos. If you’ve ever dreamed of what you could do with electric motors, stop dreaming...and start making!
Understand why electric motors are so versatile and how they work
Choose the right motor for any project
Build the circuits needed to control each type of motor
Program motor control with Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi, or BeagleBone Black
Use gearmotors to get the right amount of torque
Use linear motors to improve speed and precision
Design a fully functional electronic speed control (ESC) circuit
Design your own quadcopter
Discover how electric motors work in modern electric vehicles--with a fascinating inside look at Tesla’s patents for motor design and control!
Matthew Scarpino is an engineer with more than 12 years of experience designing hardware and software. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and is an Advanced Certified Interconnect Designer (CID+). He is the author of Designing Circuit Boards with EAGLE: Make High-Quality PCBS at Low Cost.
Table of Contents
1. Overview of Electric Motors 2. DC Motors 3. Stepper Motors 4. Servomotors 5. Asynchronous AC Motors 6. Synchronous AC Motors 7. Linear Motors 8. Designing Motor Control Circuits 9. Servomotor Control with the Arduino Due 10. Servomotor Control with the Raspberry Pi 11. Induction Motor Control with IGBTs 12. Electric Motors of the Future Appendix A. Power Transmission