The Monster Stepper Motor Shield utilizes two VNH2SP30 full-bridge motor drivers to drive two independent high-current motors – Arduino Expansion Shield.
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The Monster Stepper Motor Shield is an expansion module for Arduino Boards, designed to run two high-current motors individually and simultaneously. It utilizes two VNH2SP30 full-bridge motor drivers with high-current circuitry to drive high-power motors, which is ideal for robotics and RC vehicles requiring high torque.
This Shield is built to drive two motors simultaneously, although the circuit has been cleverly designed so that each motor can be controlled individually as well. This makes it ideal for applications like 2-wheel drive remote control vehicles, while the small form factor ensures you barely need any extra space for it. This, in addition to the simple installation and easily attainable design files and sample code, means that all you need to do is follow some basic instructions in order to enjoy the benefits of the Monster Stepper Motor Shield.
As an extra precautionary note, when using this board for high-current applications, installing a heat sink is recommended to avoid any damage to the Shield or surrounding components. However, any application up to 6A will barely cause any heat, and may simply be warm to the touch. Furthermore, while this Shield does have built-in safety features like a thermal shutdown, it’s better to invest in a small heat sink to save yourself from any unnecessary component replacement costs.
For design files and example code, follow this link and view the quick “Read Me” text to get started immediately.
– 2 x VNH2SP30 full-bridge
– 5.5V - 16V
Maximum Current Rating
Practical Continuous Current
– 19mΩ (per leg)
Maximum PWM frequency
Additional Sensors and Safety Features
– Current Sensing Analog Pin
– Thermal Shutdown
– Undervoltage and Overvoltage Shutdown
General Uses and Applications
The Monster Stepper Motor Shield was designed as an upgrade of a previous model which used the L298 H-bridge stepper motor driver, and has been improved with dual VNH2SP30 full-bridge motor drivers. This has attracted many RC vehicle enthusiasts with the simultaneously, albeit individual, controlling capabilities, and as such the most common projects involving this Shield include:
While most of the applications for this Shield do involve vehicles and robots, there are a few other applications out there as well – and perhaps some waiting to be discovered as well. So consider acquiring one of these Arduino Shields and start experimenting with what can be achieved with a dual-drive stepper motor Shield.
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