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Something About NEMA 17 Motor for 3D Printers

Stepper motors are brushless motors that use multi-toothed electromagnets to define the position. The electromagnets are fixed around a centralized gear. NEMA numbers define the standard dimensions of a faceplate for mounting a motor. NEMA 17 stepper motors for sale are stepper motors with a 43.2mm x 43.2mm (1.7 inch x 1.7 inch) faceplate. They are heavier and larger than a NEMA 14, but their size is what ensures more room for higher torque. NEMA 17 is the most common size for stepper motors used in 3D printers. They can be designed and manufactured to have different mechanical and electrical specifications to suit the 3D printer that you want to build.

NEMA 17 Stepper

When looking for a NEMA 17 stepper, remember that the name is merely the frame size standard, which defines the dimensions of a mounting faceplate. You need to make sure that you are getting the right stepper based on the motor’s electrical specifications. A high torque NEMA 17 stepper that can provide 200 steps per revolution (1.8-degree step angle) is one of the options to consider for 3D printers. Be sure to check the model and specifications of your 3D printer before you buy a NEMA 17.


Some companies can manufacture and design custom NEMA 17 stepper motors for your 3D printer. The service comes with custom winding and housing to suit specific dimensional and application needs. You can choose different lead wires and include lubricant and bearing options in case you need parts for high temperature and humid operations.

Nema Size 17 Stepper Motor for DIY 3D Printer CNC Rob

Custom NEMA 17 stepper motors are ideal for custom 3D printer applications that require a specific lead length, shaft size, frame size, or body length. You can buy NEMA 17 steppers online. Look for a reputable supplier of small electric motors with years of experience working for a range of industries. This way, you can be sure to get high-quality stepper motors at the right size and at a reasonable price.

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Applications and Advantages of NEMA Size 34 Motor

The stepper motor (and power supply voltage) that you choose should depend on what you intend to do with it. Ideally, the stepper motor must provide sufficient power at the highest speed based exactly on what the application requires. Hence, you need to make sure that it does not exceed specific speed requirements. For instance, a maximum shaft power that you can sustain with a drive that functions at 80VDC and 7A is one third of a horsepower or at 250W. In this case, you need a triple or double stacked NEMA 34 motors.

Nema 34 CNC High Torque Stepper Motor 13Nm ( 5A 86x86x150mm

‘NEMA 34’ pertains to a frame size that is 3.4 inches in diameter. NEMA 34 stepper motors for sale have different lengths to suit various applications, like CNC mills and industrial machinery. NEMA 34 motors are ideal for mechanical power of about 200 watts. Reliability is a factor that can determine the type of power that you need for motors. Step motors are typically open-loop, so if you want a design that can generate full torque, the NEMA-34 is a good choice.

You have two choices when you need to use NEMA 34 stepper motors in a bipolar mode, which is advisable to ensure the best performance. Your first choice is to go for a parallel type for a high-speed motors, and the other is to go for the series type connection if you need to limit the phase current. Some suppliers of motor parts can customize the size of the shaft. For example, a 14mm shaft provides stability when used with a belt transmission.

The high torque of NEMA 34 motors makes them suitable for special CNC applications. They can be customized to suit certain requirements. Leading suppliers of small motor parts can customize the housing and winding to make sure that you are getting NEMA 34 stepper motors that are according to your specific application needs and dimensional requirements.

NEMA 34 stepper motors (nema 23 geared stepper motor)can be customized to suit special lengths or have Teflon leads, heat shrink, connectors, pins, and cable harnesses. Some suppliers can provide lubricant and bearing options in case you need NEMA 34 stepper motors for humid or high-temperature environments. Look for a reputable supplier of small electric motors that has a global presence to minimize your supply chain costs.

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Design Options About Hollow shaft stepper motor

We have expanded its range of stepper motors with the HH series hollow shaft motors from its USA distribution partner Applied Motion Products. With high-torque NEMA 17 motor and NEMA 23 motor frame options in a choice of stack lengths, the hollow shaft is claimed to facilitate direct assembly of a lead screw without the need for a coupling – keeping hardware to a minimum and simplifying design for machine builders.

The hollow shaft stepper motor is also said to allow customised shafts or other power transmission components to be added to the motor without the lead times that specials may take and also enables small quantities of specials to be produced at reasonable cost.

The internal shaft diameter for the 17 and 23 frame motors is 5 and 8mm respectively. The holding torque across the 2-phase HH series ranges from 0.45 to 2.3Nm with current ratings from 2 to 3A per phase. The motors are supplied with a detachable lead/connector pigtail for straightforward installation in the customer’s application. The 200/step/rev motors can be used with stepper drives across the AMP range, including the microstepping ST5 which offers sophisticated current control and multiple motion control options from simple streaming commands to Ethernet/IP communication.

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Something About Using external Stepper Motor Drivers

If your motors are rated above about 2.8A and you are using the Duet WiFi, or above about 2A and you are using the Duet 0.6 or 0.8.5, or if they need higher voltage than the Duet can provide, then you need external stepper motor drivers. These generally have optically isolated step/dir/enable inputs. For example, stepper motor drivers rated at up to 5A using the TB6600 stepper driver chip are widely available on eBay.

Digital Stepper Driver 0.3-2.2A 18-30VDC for Nema 8, 11, 14, 16, 17 Stepper Motor

If the drivers require no more than about 2mA @ 3V on the step, dir and enable inputs, then you can drive them directly from the expansion connector of the Duet. See the Duet WiFi and Ethernet wiring diagrams for the expansion connector pinouts. Otherwise, you should use 3.3V to 5V level shifting ICs such as 74HCT04 to boost the signal level to 5V and drive them. You can use the Duet Expansion breakout board for this purpose.

To remap the X, Y or Z motors to external drivers in RepRapFirmware 1,14 or later, use the M584 command (see [[G-code#M584:_Set_drive_mapping]]). The Enable signals on the expansion connector are active low by default but you can change this using the M569 command (see [[G-code#M569:_Set_axis_direction_and_enable_values]]). You can also set a minimum step pulse width in the M569 command (try 1us or 2us when using external drivers), and configure the direction.

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Questions about How to Choose Stepper Motor for Printer


I’m about to build my 3rd printer, even though I’m getting quite some experience already I’d like to hear some other advices regarding stepper motor.

I currently have a customized Prusa i3 printer and a customized Wilson II printer.

Nema 17 Stepper Motor Bipolar 59Ncm ( 2A 42x48mm 4 Wires w/ 1m Cable & Connector(17HS19-2004S1)

I currently run both printers with 0.9° step NEMA 17 stepper motors ( holding torque) for X and Y axis, I did run the i8 with 1.8° step NEMA 17 motors before, beside noise improvement I didn’t see significant quality improvement.

I have make numerous experiments, and I have made the following observations:

  • Microstepping seems to have very little influence on print quality at 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 or 1/32 microsteps @ 0.9° or 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 @ 1.8° below that noise and vibration will affect the print.
  • the belts have a high impact on print quality, Neoprene/glass fiber belts (standard black belts) give much more vibrations than Polyurethane/steel core belts (White belts), however the later might have other troubles due to their rigidity and tension force necessary, these are the one I use on the Wilson II but I had to strongly reinforce the structure.
  • I have made movement tests up to 400mm/s with the Wilson II and I didn’t notice losing steps (1/8 microstepping with 0.9° motors)Now my new printer will be a different design, it’ll be a 40x40x40cm 100% metal structure cube, printing platform will be moving on the Z axis and X carriage will be moving along Y axis (I considered a corexy but rejected it). Since I expect much higher rigidity than my current printers and I might want to have a heavier carriage (converting to CNC maybe), I’m thinking about using NEMA23 motors.

    I have options to go with 1.8 or 0.9 deg stepper motor, I can get 23HS7628 1.8 degree stepper motor with holding torque , 23HS5628 1.8°/step motors with holding torque or 23HM1430 0.9°/step motors with holding torque. I would use TB6600 drivers at max 1/16 microstepping.

    Since motor prices are quite different, I’m curious to have a second opinion. I think the 0.9° will probably not bring any quality improvement since the limitation will still be mecanical, and anyway since the motors are much stronger than nema17 I can go further in useful microstepping. I can get a sweet deal on the motors, and I’m hesitating with the ones (1.8°) which are 50% more expensive.

    Or… should I just stay with (cheap) Nema17 motors?

Any thought?

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Basic Stepper Motor Operation principles

On this page, I will explain about the operation principle of stepper motor.
There are many kind of stepper motors. Unipolar type, Bipolar type, Single-phase type, Multi-phase type… Single-phase stepper motor is often used for quartz watch.
On this page, I will explain the operation principle of the 2-phase unipolar PM type stepper motor.

In the PM type stepper motor, a permanent magnet is used for rotor and coils are put on stator. The stepper motor model which has 4-poles is shown in the figure on the left. In case of this motor, step angle of the rotor is 90 degrees.

As for four poles, the top and the bottom and either side are a pair. coil, coil and coil, coil correspond respectively. For example, coil and coil are put to the upper and lower pole. coil and coil are rolled up for the direction of the pole to become opposite when applying an electric current to the coil and applying an electric current to the coil. It is similar about and , too.
The turn of the motor is controlled by the electric current which pours into , , and . The rotor rotational speed and the direction of the turn can be controlled by this control.

You can find by the figure, the rotor is stable in the middle of 2 poles of stator. When one side of the stator polarity is changed, the bounce by the magnetism occurs. As a result, the direction of rotor’s turn is fixed.

The characteristic of stepper motor is the angle can be correctly controlled and to be stable rotates ( It is due to the reliability of the control signal ). Moreover, because the rotor is fixed by the magnetism in the stationary condition as shown in the principle, the stationary power(Stationary torque) is large. It suits the use to make stop at some angle.