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Bill Ooms

Building A Computerized Ornamental Lathe

Stepper Motors

By using a standard NEMA 23 motor mount on the XZ stage, you have a wide variety of choices for motors. There are pros and cons to using stepper motors versus servo motors. You can look it up on the internet for more info.

I've chosen to use stepper motors because they are easy to implement and don't cost as much as servo motors. I'm currently using Vexta PK266-03A motors that I bought from Interinar for $38 each. Other motors will work for you as well.

There are plenty of sources of info on stepper motors on the internet, and I won't repeat all the info here. Here are some things I think are important for this application: