Motors for Makers: A Guide to Steppers, Servos, and Other Electrical Machines

Matthew Scarpino  
QUE Publishing
Total pages
November 2015
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Makers can do amazing things with motors. Yes, they’re more complicated than some other circuit elements, but with this book, you can completely master them. Once you do, incredible new projects become possible.

Unlike other books, Motors for Makers is 100% focused on what you can do.

First, Matthew Scarpino explains how electric motors work and what you need to know about each major type: stepper, servo, induction, and linear motors. Next, he presents detailed instructions and working code for interfacing with and controlling servomotors with Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi, and BeagleBone Black.

From start to finish, you’ll learn through practical examples, crystal-clear explanations, and photos. If you’ve ever dreamed of what you could do with electric motors, stop dreaming...and start making!

  • Understand why electric motors are so versatile and how they work
  • Choose the right motor for any project
  • Build the circuits needed to control each type of motor
  • Program motor control with Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi, or BeagleBone Black
  • Use gearmotors to get the right amount of torque
  • Use linear motors to improve speed and precision
  • Design a fully functional electronic speed control (ESC) circuit
  • Design your own quadcopter
  • Discover how electric motors work in modern electric vehicles--with a fascinating inside look at Tesla’s patents for motor design and control!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 
  • Part I: Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Electric Motors    
  • Chapter 2: Preliminary Concepts   
  • Part II: Exploring Electric Motors
  • Chapter 3: DC Motors  
  • Chapter 4: Stepper Motors 
  • Chapter 5: Servomotors
  • Chapter 6: AC Motors 
  • Chapter 7: Gears and Gearmotors 
  • Chapter 8: Linear Motors
  • Part III: Electrical Motors in Practice
  • Chapter 9: Motor Control with the Arduino Mega 
  • Chapter 10: Motor Control with the Raspberry Pi 
  • Chapter 11: Controlling Motors with the BeagleBone Black
  • Chapter 12: Designing an Arduino-Based Electronic Speed Control (ESC)
  • Chapter 13: Designing a Quadcopter 
  • Chapter 14: Electric Vehicles
  • Part IV: Appendixes
  • Appendix A: Electric Generators 
  • Appendix B: Glossary  
  • Index


Matthew Scarpino is an engineer with more than 12 years of experience designing hardware and software. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and is an Advanced Certified Interconnect Designer (CID+). He is the author of Designing Circuit Boards with EAGLE: Make High-Quality PCBS at Low Cost.