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LEAP#430 Driving Scavenged Linear Steppers

CD/DVD drives are a great source of interesting scavenged components - in particular laser units and stepper motors.

I pulled some of the head control stepper motors some time back. They are small 4-wire bipolar stepper motors with a worm drive for linear motion. Datasheets are non-existent(!), so this is a little project to figure out their specs and demonstrate driving the units with an Arduino and bespoke H Bridge control circuit.

As always, all notes, schematics and code are in the Little Electronics & Arduino Projects repo on GitHub