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BTT TMC2130 V3.0 Stepper Motor Driver - UltraQuiet, StallGuard2, MicroStep Table

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BTT TMC2130 Stepper Motor Driver offers an insane number of features at an incredible price, making it an excellent choice for 3D Printing and CNC.

Microstep Table | StallGuard2 | Passive Braking | ChopSync2 | Stall Detection

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If you’ve ever explored the world of Stepper Drivers and how they actually operate, you’ll know that it’s certainly a complex world, requiring extremely high precision and intense calculations and formulas. Fortunately, as complex as the world of stepper driving is, we end-users don’t need to really worry too much about how they work, but rather just how well they work, and how we can get them to work in the ways we need. This is the beauty of the Trinamic TMC Drivers and Pololu StepStick combination, as it takes all of the wild complicated workings of stepper drivers and simplifies them into relatively standardised drivers that are perfect for applications like 3D Printing, CNC machines and other use cases that are more focussed on hobbyist and workshop use.

These BTT TMC2130 Stepper Motor Drivers are based on the TMC2130 standard, and are integrated onto the Pololu StepStick driver board design, and offer more than just a few awesome features, with UltraQuiet operations, StallGuard2 and sensorless motor feedback, as well as a fully programmable MicroStep Table built in – giving you some of the most incredible features possible while keeping it surprisingly simple for the end user. These boards are designed by the growing brand BigTreeTech, who are the masterminds behind the SKR Motherboards, and are built to offer excellent quality motor driving capabilities for 3D Printing and other CNC applications, while keeping the price range well within a standard hobbyist budget.

 

The Key Features of TMC2130 Stepper Motor Drivers:

Compared to the entire TMC Drivers Range, TMC2130 Drivers are designed to offer a little bit of everything, from the standard SpreadCycle all the way through to the more recent ChopSync2, making it an excellent benchmark for all of the greatest technologies from the TMC20xx and TMC21xx series. We must admit though, that if we had one gripe, it would be that this board only features StallGuard2 instead of the more recent StallGuard4. However, with that being the only negative factor that we can think of for this board, this may just be the best stepper driver on the market for hobbyist applications like 3D Printing.

So, with that being said, let’s take a look at some of these awesome features that make the BTT TMC2130 V3.0 such an incredible board, and how they benefit you, as an end user, for whatever application you may be using it for:

  • StallGuard2: StallGuard is a clever Trinamic-patented tech’ that is able to ascertain real-time sensorless feedback from the motors, which is typically caused by EMF and excess current. This allows you to technically utilise the motors as sensors, eliminating the need for end switches, as StallGuard2 can simply detect when the motors stall after reaching the end of their travel path. This is also more precise than simple end switches, as instead of a Yes/No kind of feedback, they get variable feedback from the motors depending on the speed, torque and other forces involved in the process. However, it must be noted that StallGuard2 can’t be used in conjunction with StealthChop (only StallGuard4 is capable of this), but it CAN be used on conjunction with SpreadCycle, which performs quite similarly to StealthChop, but doesn’t have quite offer the same level of smoothness throughout the entire torque range.
  • Microstep Table: As a way to expand even further on the very impressive traits of Trinamic stepper drivers, TMC2130 drivers also feature what Trinamic have called a Programmable Adaptive Microstep Table, which is an extremely clever system that attempts to do three things, which include distributing the Microsteps evenly regardless of how many Microsteps need to be done, provide a constant velocity even at slow speeds, and ensure constant torque independent of motor position (this last factor is quite complicated, and the solution was in fact quite ingenious). As such, you can now take your stepping to a whole new level with this handy How The Microstep Table Works guide, which should help you understand precisely what it does, and how you can tune it to cater to your specific motors.
  • ChopSync2: For anyone who really likes to go in deep and explore some of the more advanced and complex capabilities of Trinamic Drivers, you may be quite excited with ChopSync2, which is a fixed frequency chopper that is unique to only a select few models such as the TMC2130 and the TMC5031. When comparing it to the standard SpreadCycle frequency-adaptive chopper, which is a common standard across almost all TMC models, ChopSync2 utilises a fixed frequency chopping style that is better for high velocity operation, while helping to further electro-magnetic emissions as well. This is achieved by synchronizing the chopping and on/off times of both coils via an external clock, and ultimately offers even quieter operations, smoother sine waveforms, and less electro-magnetic feedback when the motors are in standstill mode. Bear in mind, however, that this will require some learning, tinkering, and an oscilloscope at hand to get just right, and further details can be found within the datasheet.

Please Note: Because of the way that these drivers work in serial, they need to be sold in sets of five. However, bear in mind that they are priced individually, with a minimum order quantity of five (5).

 

BTT TMC2130 Stepper Motor Driver  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Manufacturer

– BigTreeTech                                                      

  • Model No.

– BTT TMC2130 V3.0

  • Control Interface(s)

SPI

  • Native Microsteps

– Up to 1/16

  • MicroPlyer Microsteps

– Up to 1/256

  • Logic Voltage (VIO)

– 3.3V to 5V DC

  • Motor Supply Voltage (VM)

– 5V to 46V DC

  • Rated Motor Phase Current

– 1.2A RMS | 2A Peak

  • Internal Voltage Regulator

– Enabled

  • RDSon

– ≥0.5Ω

  • TMC Features

MicroPlyer

SpreadCycle

CoolStep

StealthChop

ChopSync2

StallGuard2 with Stall Detection

Passive Braking & Freewheeling

Programmable Microstep Table

  • Weight

– ±2g

  • Dimensions

– 15.24 x 20.32mm

 

Additional Resources:

  • If you’re looking for more basic information, check out this Trinamic SilentStepStick Drivers Page, where the most popular driver boards are compared against each other, listing some of the cool features that each offers.

  • If you’re struggling to figure out how to install or operate these drivers, or are simply eager to find out more about the ever-awesome Trinamic brand, be sure to check out the Trinamic YouTube Channel, where they feature instructional, informational and also fun videos regarding all of the projects they’re involved in.

  • Finally, although the models features on this site aren’t exactly the same as what we have in stock, this FYSETC Stepper Drivers Wiki Page offers a wealth of great information and insight into these TMC2130 stepper drivers, as well as many other popular drivers and breakout boards.

 

TMC2130 - Datasheet

Datasheet for SilentStepStick TMC2130 Stepper Driver

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Trinamic - Microstep Table

Trinamic - Programmable Adaptive Microstep Table

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As one of the rising stars in the world of 3D Printer Component Research and Development, BigTreeTech have certainly hit the ground running, entering the market in 2015 and spending their early stages primarily learning, researching, testing and developing, before producing some truly impressive results. From simple but effective upgrades to standard parts, all the way through to completely custom parts that no other brand offered at the time, BigTreeTech now have an incredibly diverse range, with almost no area of 3D Printing being left out.


Some of BigTreeTech’s most notable additions to the world of 3D Printing include the SKR Motherboard Range for numerous different 3D Printer models, the awesome TFT Touch Display Range with fancy features like dual-mode operation, as well as their very impressive Stepper Driver Range that cater to all tastes and preferences under the sun. And of course, to top it all off, BigTreeTech also have a sister company named BIQU, and we must admit that they have been producing some pretty impressive (and low price) 3D Printers, with the BIQU B1 possibly becoming a new rival to the Ender 3.


Of course, it’s easy to see that BigTreeTech are modern masters of 3D Printing R&D, and while we do still have a lot of different parts that we want to test out from them, so far we’ve been extremely happy with what they’re capable of producing – all while fitting into same kind of hobbyist budget that they used to operate on as Makers and Tinkerers themselves.