Thread: Printer stepper motors
I am looking for some advice with regard to the use of printer stepper motors in building a 3D printer. I have dimantled a couple of old printers that I had one being an old A3 HP pen plotter and the other one was a Epson 1520 ink jet printer.
The stepper motors on the HP are 6 wire which consist of a twisted pair that connect to shaft output end of the motor which look like the power supply to the motor and a 4core tape that connects to a circuit board mounted on the back of the motor. The Epson stepper motors are 5 wire. I would be pleased if anybody could provide me with the specification for the HP stepper and also if the 5 wire stepper motor is suitable and also what type of controller boards would be suitable.
Thanks to all the other posts on this subject which have been very helpfull to a complete novice.
Looks like a motor with encoder output.
Found this re. 7314B300
Last edited by EddyCurrent; 08-09-2014 at 02:46 PM.Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
And would the controller have to be different from a normal controller or program?
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Servo motors are very difficult to control. They need special, often quite expensive controllers and can be a real pain to set up properly.
I also wouldn't rely on old printer steppers too much. They are designed for relatively high speeds but have very low torque. Everything needs to run absolutely smooth or you'll loose steps.
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