As promised, I’ve updated my Turntable Calculations page to reflect my need to change what type of stepper motor I am designing around. The Python code on that page has also been updated to reflect this change.
Looks like I will be making extensive edits to my Turntable Calculations page very soon. I learned this week that the stepper motor I had chosen for my turntable project is not guaranteed to meet the specifications listed on the web page from which I had ordered it. Specifically, the quoted number of steps per revolution can vary wildly from motor to motor from what the web site had originally stated as 513 steps/revolution. They now put it at 516, but comments on their user forum say users have received those motors with a variety of gear ratios. So I can’t rely on the motor I originally chose. More details coming soon.
I’ve updated my page on my Switch Machine Controller design, adding more information on how the controller and driver modules are designed to connect together. This includes a design for an Arduino UNO based test setup to verify that multiple Switch Machine Controllers sharing an I2C bus work as expected.
I’ve added a new block diagram to the Switch Machine Controllers page to better showing how the controller and driver modules for controlling switch machines are meant to be connected.
I’ve made some extensive changes to the Switch Machine Controllers page, adding a connection diagram for the driver modules and removing the drawings of breadboard layouts. It should be easier to follow now.
Added some information regarding modeling railroad turntables.
First, I added some back-of-the-envelope calculations to the Railroad Turntable page to verify that the maximum speed of my planned stepper motor will not be exceeded. Also, on the Turntable Calculations page I edited a note regarding Adafruit replacing their 16:1 geared stepper motor with a 64:1 model. As of November 2021 they have reversed that change, so the 16:1 motors are again being sold. Based on the maximum-speed calculations I mentioned above, this is a very good thing. 😉
I corrected some links on page https://modelrailroadelectronics.blog/switch-machine-controllers/ in the Software section.
I’ve added another update to my page on my Switch Machine Controller design (version 2). The update adds a “Driver Module printed circuit boards” section which describes PCBs which I’ve had made to support both the low-current (L293D) and high-current (TB6612) versions of my switch machine driver modules.
Unfortunately, our planned venue for Arduino Day 2020, the Chinn Park Regional Library in Woodbridge, Virginia, has cancelled all summer programs due to their ongoing closure from the COVID-19 pandemic. So we will not be holding an Arduino Day event in June of this year after all. I am hoping to put on some sort of STEM/STEAM event there later this year. I will post an announcement here if that comes to be.
Due to the closures and restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Arduino Day 2020 event at the Chinn Park Regional Library in Woodbridge VA has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 20, 2020, from noon to 4 PM. (This just happens to be the Summer Solstice too. 😉 )