Stepper Noise Control

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One of the biggest problems with this project has been reducing the noise made by the stepper motor.  A stepper does not spin smoothly like a conventional electric motor, so it will be louder.

I struggled with the steppers and gearing trying to reduce the noise to a managable level.  I think I have succeeded.

On this page you will find links to various methods I have employed. Click on the image to go to that particular page.

 
Here is the nearly final version of the drive (mk IV).

An overall description of the methods used is on this link.

The "rubber" gear.

Here's how I made a sprocket with a flexible center.

 

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