6-wire configuration of stepper motor used in automatic car parking
Upward arrow shows counterclockwise stepping sequence
If you have never worked with stepper motors, you will surely have a lot of fun with this project. With stepper motors, you can build things such as robots, automatic fish feeder, or even a computerized etch-a-sketch!
A 5-wire unipolar stepper motor (these could also be salvaged from old 5¼" floppy disk drives), ULN2003 IC (stepper motor driver), wire, stripboard (or a solderless breadboard ), solder and DB-25 Male connector (buy these two if you can solder. Soldering is not necessary for doing this project, but it will ensure that your connections are secure), DB25 (female/male) parallel port cable, a multimeter, a power adapter (with voltage rating depending on your motor's requirements)
Your safest bet is to buy an inexpensive I/O card which has a parallel port and use it for your experiment. If you manage to damage the parallel port on that card, replacing it will be easy and inexpensive.
Downward arrow shows clockwise stepping sequence
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