CNC stands for Computer Numeric Control, and these machines have been the subject of interest of hobbyists for some time. There are numerous kits in the market that allows you to construct your own, but today we focus on a very important component that can virtually define how your machine functions. Controller boards mentioned in this list either control one or multiple motors and are virtually the brain of your machine. So check out this list of 10 best CNC motor driver controllers and let us know your favourite motor driver in the comments section below.
10. J-Deal® CNC Router Single 1 Axis 3A TB6560 Stepper Motor Driver Board Controller Kit (10.39$)
A simple easy to use controller that is good enough for one motor. It has an adjustable semi-flow mode and has good quality filter circuitry that resists noise.
9. OSOYOO CNC Engraver Shield Expansion Board(22.99$)
The kit comes with an Arduino and A4988 Stepper Motor Driver Board that has over current protection. The motor controllers can work on both 3.3 and 5V logic.
8. Autek 5 Axis TB6560 CNC Stepper Motor Driver Controller Board(89.95$)
The controller comes with its own software that allows you to program the machine. The board runs on 12V power and can sustain a maximum of 3A current for the motors.
7. SMAKN® CNC Router TB6560(21.99$)
Smakn product adjusts automatically for the current which adds to its versatility. The board has the working voltage of between 10-35V with a rated maximum current output of 5A.
6. Gikfun 5 Axis CNC Breakout Board(19.99$)
A compact board for your CNC machine with high quality parallel male connectors. The controller fully supports MACH3 interface for parallel communication and can be used with stepper motors with the help of resistor banks.
5. BephaMart USB CNC 3 Axis Stepper Motor Driver (32.96$)
This board can be used with multiple axes, laser cutting machines as well. The board can be powered through USB and has an input voltage between 7.5-12V.
4. SainSmart CNC TB6560 4 Axis 3.5A Stepper Motor Driver (62$)
The robust motor controller has the maximum current rating of 3.5A. Additionally, it is equipped with over current and over-temperature safety features. The board is also fitted with closed-type optical isolation to protect the user’s computer and equipment.
3. CNC V3 Shield (29 – 80$)
This shield is made using an Arduino UNO board and can drive four stepper motors at the same time. The board has Texas Instruments DRV8825 stepper motor IC that can give nearly 5A of motor current.
2. SainSmart 4 Axis Mach3 USB CNC Motion Controller (54.99$)
Another Sainsmart board that comes with one-year warranty. It can sustain a step pulse frequency of 100Khz and can give between 0-10V output.
1. SainSmart New 4 Axis TB6560(75$)
The most popular Sainsmart board that can sustain more than 6A on output. Individual boards can be linked up easily and has all the basic protocols required for communication with a Mac/PC.