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Description:

The Tic 36v4 USB Multi-Interface High-Power Stepper Motor Controller makes basic control of a stepper motor easy, with quick configuration over USB. The controller supports six control interfaces: USB, TTL serial, I²C, analog voltage (potentiometer), quadrature encoder, and hobby radio control (RC). This version incorporates a discrete MOSFET stepper motor driver, and it ships with soldered header pins and terminal blocks. It can operate from 8 V to 50 V and can deliver up to approximately 4 A per phase without a heat sink or forced air flow (or 6 A max with sufficient additional cooling).

The Tic 36v4 High-Power Stepper Motor Controller uses discrete MOSFET H-bridges, allowing it to control large stepper motors that demand more current than typical integrated drivers can handle, but it matches the compact form factor of our lower-power Tic controllers. It supports nine micro stepping modes with as small as 1/256-step resolution, as well as various current decay modes, including an automatic mixed decay mode. The Tic 36v4 can operate from 8 V to 50 V and can deliver up to approximately 4 A continuous per phase without a heat sink or forced air flow (6 A max with sufficient additional cooling). This version is sold with connectors soldered so no soldering is necessary to use it.

Features and specifications

  • Open-loop speed or position control of one bipolar stepper motor
  • A variety of control interfaces:
    • USB for direct connection to a computer
    • TTL serial operating at 5 V for use with a microcontroller
    • I²C for use with a microcontroller
    • RC hobby servo pulses for use in an RC system
    • Analog voltage for use with a potentiometer or analog joystick
    • Quadrature encoder input for use with a rotary encoder dial, allowing full rotation without limits (not for position feedback)
    • STEP/DIR inputs for compatibility with existing stepper motor control firmware
  • Acceleration and deceleration limiting
  • Maximum stepper speed: 50,000 steps per second
  • Very slow speeds down to 1 step every 200 seconds (or 1 step every 1428 seconds with reduced resolution).
  • Selectable micro step modes up to 1/256-step resolution:
    • The Tic 36v4 supports full-step to 1/256-step modes
    • The Tic T825, Tic T834, and T249 support full-step to 1/32-step modes
    • The Tic T500 supports full-step to 1/8-step modes
  • Digitally adjustable current limit
  • Optional safety controls to avoid unexpectedly powering the motor
  • Input calibration (learning) and adjustable scaling degree for analog and RC signals
  • 5 V regulator (no external logic voltage supply needed)
  • Optional limit switch inputs with homing capabilities
  • Optional kill switch inputs
  • STEP/DIR outputs for controlling external stepper motor drivers
  • Connects to a computer through USB via a USB A to Micro-B cable(not included)
  • Free configuration software available for Windows, Linux, and macOS
  • Arduino library makes it easy to get started using these controllers with an Arduino or compatible board

 

The Tic 36v4 High-Power Stepper Motor Controller uses discrete MOSFET H-bridges, allowing it to control large stepper motors that demand more current than typical integrated drivers can handle, but it matches the compact form factor of our lower-power Tic controllers. It supports nine micro stepping modes with as small as 1/256-step resolution, as well as various current decay modes, including an automatic mixed decay mode. The Tic 36v4 can operate from 8 V to 50 V and can deliver up to approximately 4 A continuous per phase without a heat sink or forced air flow (6 A max with sufficient additional cooling). This version is sold with connectors soldered so no soldering is necessary to use it.


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