All the cheap neon letters are now lit up by your growing knowledge! We arrive at the last letter of PID: the letter D. Remember there is an introduction to PID, a proportional post for the P and an integral post for the I. It’s not the end, it’s only the beginning.
This post will introduce the basics of PID control and why it comes in handy for robotic applications. Discover here an introduction to PID control with DC motor. You don't need much background to read this, but knowing the basics of motors is always a good idea: my previous posts on this subject are listed here: Welcome to the jungle.
Now it's time for serious business.
This post is the follow-up of the Motors-in-robotics series. Although what I will present you here is still basic notions and can be addressed to anyone keen on knowing more about it, don't hesitate to have a look at the previous posts (types of motors in robotics, DC motor direction, and speed control, how to read a datasheet), they will help you expand your knowledge about electric motors and start on a reasonable basis.
We go on deeper in the jungle. In this post I will show you that a motor’s datasheet is not always meant to help you starting a fire in your fireplace or to be thrown at a random colleague through the open-space. I explain here how to actually read and understand a motor’s datasheet.
Part 1 of this topic was about direction control of your DC motor. Today it's time to have a look at speed control. Everyone curious about robotic motorization basics can read this post, but I suggest you begin with the guide to motors in robotics, as well as part 1 of this post first.
I also wrote a small post to summarize the different topics where I discuss motors.
This post is dedicated to curious about the basics of DC motors in robotics and precisely how to control them. You can begin with the previous post dealing with the different motors used for robotic applications. While some of them are not often used, others, as the DC brushed motor, are more common.
Let's talk about my early days with DC motors.
What are motors? Which motors can be used for robotic applications? Which motor for which robot?