What is a stepper motor used for?

What Kinds of Applications are Best for Stepper Motors?

The most basic definition of a stepping motor is an electromechanical device that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Specifically, this can divide the entire rotation into equal steps, and when adjusting the motor according to the size of the application, the motor can be precisely controlled without feedback.

The main types of stepping motors include hybrid stepping motors, variable reluctance stepping motors and permanent magnet stepping motors. In some applications, they have many advantages over servo motors. Especially hybrid stepping motors.

Advantages of stepper motors:

Not every application will benefit from stepper motors, but stepper motors may be ideal in the right environment. First of all, the stepper motor has full torque at a standstill, and the rotation angle of the motor is proportional to the input pulse. Essentially, stepper motors have excellent speed control, precise positioning and repeatability of movement. In addition, since there are no contact brushes in the motor, the stepper motor has high reliability. This can minimize mechanical failures and maximize the service life of the motor. Since the speed is proportional to the frequency of the pulse input, many different speeds can be achieved, so these motors can be used in a wide range of environments.

The most common applications of stepper motors

  • Small robot
  • 3D printing equipment
  • textile machine
  • Printing machine
  • Game console
  • CNC milling machine
  • Medical imaging machinery
  • Welding equipment

Although these applications are the most common, they are only a small part of what stepper motors can use. Generally speaking, any application that requires high-precision positioning, speed control and low-speed torque can benefit from the use of stepper motors.

Stepper motors are a powerful motion control technology that can be found in many common machines and equipment. Motiongoo provides a wide range and models of hybrid stepper motors.