PC Hardware Projects: v. 2

PC Hardware Projects: v. 2

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If you have always wanted to work with stepper motors, and need a rig to drill your own PC boards quickly and accurately, get out your soldering iron and follow along PC Hardware Projects, Volume 2! Fabricating a printed circuit board (PCB) can be done by a PCB fabrication house, which is too costly for most of us. With access to a CAD or "draw" program and a laser printer, you can lay out and fabricate a professional quality PCB on your PC. Stepper motors are readily available today at relatively low cost, and most of us have a "spare" PC lying about the house. Put those two together with some very smart software, and you can easily "computerize" your own PCB drilling process! PC Hardware Projects, Volume 2 discusses stepper motors, how they differ from conventional and servo motors, and how to control them. It investigates different methods to control stepper motors, and provides you with circuitry for a dedicated IC controller and a discrete component hardware controller. Then PC Hardware Projects, Volume 2 guides you through every step of the construction process of an automated, PC-controlled PCB drilling machine which can drill as many as 500 holes in a 6 x 8" PCB with excellent repeatability and resolution. With construction completed, you'll then walk through an actual design layout, creating a PC design and board. Finally, you'll see how the drill data file is determined from the layout, and then drill the PCB. With the help of the information and the data file disk included in PC Hardware Projects, Volume 2, you'll have transformed your PC into your very own PCB fabrication house!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189.2 x 235.5 x 16.3mm | 430.92g
  • Delmar Cengage Learning
  • Clifton Park, United States
  • English
  • 0790611090
  • 9780790611099

Table of contents

Making things move; controlling stepper motors; getting the parts together; building the case and base; building the electronics; building the table assembly; building the drill assembly; wrapping up construction; using Auto-XY to fabricate a PC board; the software; the control electronics and power supply; some thoughts on adding a third axis.
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