Controlling a servo with lopy (library or manually)
Was wondering if anyone know of an existing library for controlling a hobby servo with the lopy? Or alternatively could point me in a direction of doing it manually ?
@soren Good that it works. But omitting the sleep() commands are hardly the reason. I checked with an oscilloscope that PWM output stays when sleep() is performed. It's more something else you did. I worked with these servos decades ago, and remember that the pulse width range they expect is pretty small, from 1 ms to 2ms, at a 20ms period, resulting at a PWM duty cycle range between 5% and 10%
@livius I took everything apart, put it together and double cross checked several times the connections and then tried the pwm_c.duty_cycle() command from console - and it WORKED! @robert-hh I think time.sleep actually does affect pwm. At least it works now for me from console where I'm not using sleep - in contrast to what I did in the code.
yes, but it is not needed from terminal - this was my intention
@livius sleep() does not turn off the PWM.
@soren said in Controlling a servo with lopy (library or manually):
For me setup 1 not worked when i tested it in the past with MG996R.
It does not react properly on 3v3 range pwm.
Setup 2 should work but i do not use convertes in chip
i trust simple design as converter on simple transistor eg. 2N7000.
and to test if it work - try first run commands from terminal
look at result but do not put
and decrese value
pwm_c.duty_cycle(1)is not good at all ;-)
i have done same mistake previously - as you can see in my post from the past
@soren Switching while you toggle manually? or between duty cycle 0 and 1?
Edit: I see 74HCT125 has a high input level of 2V, like the 74LS125. It's the 74HC125 with the 3.15 V level. So theer should be no problem with the levels.
@robert-hh I can see with my multimeter that it's switching, but maybe that isn't accurate enough?
@soren I just looked into the 74HCT125 data sheet. The minimum level for high is 3.15 V, close to the output level of the lopy. In that case I would check with an oscilloscope or logic analyzer whether the output of the gate really switches.
@robert-hh no worries mate, but yes - i did pull OE low. Connected it directly to GND on the lopy. Maybe a stupid question, but what is "SW" ?
I'm a little bit shy to ask, but did you pull the OE input of the gate low?
Besides that, I checked your SW setting with my LoPy, and it fits. The frequency is 50Hz, and the duty cycles also match precisely the setting by SW.
@livius OK here goes:
My servo is a 4,8v C505 Graupner non continuos. Documents about it are very sparse, but to make sure i wasn't wasting my time - I checked it with an arduino, and it's working just fine.
I have 2 setups that I'm trying:
pin G28 (P12) on the expansion board is connected directly to sig on the servo
external voltage source (4.8v) to power, and GND to GND
Same setup, but going through a CD74HCT125E logic level converter in order to step up the 3.3v output to a 5v output. Not 100% sure this makes sense though, but at least I haven't ruined anything because of it. When I measure the output of the converter chip, it hits almost 5v - so i can't see why this shouldn't work..
pwm = machine.PWM(0, frequency=50)
pwm_c = pwm.channel(0, pin='P12', duty_cycle=0.04)
servo is moving only occasionally and only a tiny tiny bit on the lopy.
yes, what do you tiried already?
How your setup looks like?
@livius thank you, but I have already glanced at that topic over and over again. It's not working.. did you get it to work?? :)