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Old linear stage + Old HDD case = Modern piece of test equipment

The purpose of this build is to have a handy, desktop stage that I can use for focus stacking experiments. This particular stage will hold a DSLR and be controlled via a C# Desktop App. All I really need is a Goto position function - so this motor is fine (No encoder, just a homing limit switch).

This Arduino Leonardo-type board is great because it is designed for keyboard feedback, so the serial communication implementation went very smoothly. The next step was to take apart what I had on the table and breadboard it.

This G-Drive case is perfectly sized for the stage and there is plenty of room for the controllers. It is also a great heatsink (I am driving the stepper way faster than it is intended to be driven, and it gets pretty hot). I used this setup to tweak the driver current and test the software. Once all systems were go, I transferred everything to some perf-board and screwed the housing together.”

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