Ryan--Excellent post. My company recently installed a Cartesian robotic system that uses steppers for positioning a dispensing head providing a bead of RTV. I definitely wish I had your post prior to investigating this project. Being a mechanical engineer, there always seems to be some "magic" relative to electrical engineering and certainly electronics. Topics such as this one really gets to the basics in quick fashion. Again, good post.
Thank you for your positive comments. These solutions not only save time, but save money with a high level of analog integration and just enough digital integration to take the burden off the MCU. Two things we all wish we had more of: time and money!
Excellent post. Thanks for the entertaining explanation for how integrated motion solutions play out with steppers and BLDC motors. It's easier to simplify when motion control can be reduced to the component level and integrated capabilities. Thanks for the update.
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