Microstepping calibration set

by whosawhatsis Jun 12, 2012
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Getting new stepper drivers is both more effective and cheaper than buying new motor. Im not sure why you're suggestion new motors. If you have an OLD machine with only a few neutral resting points between the magnets (fewer stator/rotor magnets) then buying a new motor would make sense. But modern motors and printers dont generally suffer this problem anymore. Steppers have come a long way. So no, unless your printer is really old, get stepper driver chips, not motors.

Take it from an IT engineer that actually designs printers for a living.

Did you notice that this thing was posted in 2012? It was designed for use on a CupcakeCNC, which not only IS a really old printer (for any value of "old" that makes sense to use in this space), but also comes with stepper motors that are famous for being the most horribly-spec'd motors ever used in a 3D printer (IIRC, they were rated for 14V and were 35 ohms/phase, with inductance that was also, of course, way too high). Replacing those motors, even with different 200-step motors, could make a big difference. The stock stepper drivers were also horrible by today's standards (and IIRC only did half- or maybe quarter-stepping). In the early days of stepper extruders on those, it was also common to drive the extruder motor with PWM generated by a (Atmega168-based) extruder controller through a dual H-bridge chip rather than using a proper current-limiting stepper driver.

BTW, I have also (in the years since this thing was posted) designed 3D printers professionally. With the vast number of printer companies we have in the market today, that's not a particularly exclusive claim. Do you find being trained in IT helpful when doing mechanical engineering?

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by emmett

Cool! What do we do if we get the tree ring things? How do we fix it?

The uneven steps can be caused by a sense resistor with the wrong value for your stepper, or by the wrong current setting. The motors I am using are rated for too-high a voltage, resulting in insufficient torque at 12V unless I crank the current high enough to cause these uneven steps. If you're using a cupcake or an early-model ToM (at least if you're not using the gen3 drivers that only to half-stepping anyway), get new motors! Gen4 drivers have a pot for the sense resistor, but for pololu drivers, you may need to swap out a resistor for best results. More information:


If you have a "normal" stepper driver, they should have a little potentiometer that you can adjust to get the right current value to hit the "sweet" spot of your motors. Read this: http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?219,94354,94546,quote=1http://forums.reprap.org/read....