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Electronics Learning Resources

Basics

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Literature

Some of these books will likely be available at your library.


Mechanical

Circuits and movings parts need a bit of help to get mounted and/or articulated.

Steppers

Steppers can be confusing initially, due to different number of wires coming out from these things. These links should help to demystify them:

Cable colour codes (typical) for 4-wire steppers:

Source: Hobby CNC Australia

Seeing weird colours on your stepper? Refer to its datasheet!

What Is The Difference Between 4-Wire, 6-Wire, and 8-Wire Stepper Motors?
http://digital.ni.com/public.nsf/allkb/B1CC4C64ABBC7D3C86257BC70017B9E2

How Do I Use a 6-Wire Stepper Motor With My Stepper Motor Drive?
http://digital.ni.com/public.nsf/allkb/C4A024DA9F197E6286257BC8005DC236

Which wire is which? (covers most types)
http://ebldc.com/?p=253

Which wire is which? (bipolar steppers, further reading)
http://reprap.org/wiki/Stepper_wiring

Which wire is which? (unipolar steppers, further reading)
http://www.easterngeek.com/2010/06/how-to-identify-stepper-motor-lead.html

How To Decrease Noise on Your Stepper Motor Driver
http://ebldc.com/?p=187


General Hardware

General parts / engineering materials / mechanical

When making things, you’ll need materials, general parts, fasteners, and perhaps mechanical components such as gears, shafts, etc:

Microcontroller / Sensors / Components / Electronics kits

These suppliers sell interesting ‘DIY-grade’ components, breakout boards for sensors, sensors, actuators and other relatively affordable parts that are useful in evaluating hardware. Aussie resellers import most of their stock from the folks listed in the World section.

Australia:
World: