Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Pickup Winding machine built on an ATmega8

A pickup winding machine it is used to wind a guitar pickup.

The core of this project is an ATmega8.

It features:
  • wind counter
  • slow startup
  • automatic stop
  • configurable motor speed
  • configurable winds
  • 2 directions
If you are looking for a CNC version: you can find it here:

This winder has an LCD display that will show
  • the current motor direction
  • the rotating speed of your pickup
  • the total and current wind counter

You can also setup:
  • motor direction - clockwise, or anti-clockwise
  • direction of the wind counter to increase - clockwise, or anti-clockwise
  • motor max speed - from 1(min) to 100 (max)
  • motor startup accelleration - from 1(min) to 100 (max)
  • numbers of wind - from 1(min) to 99999 (max)
  • auto stop mode - manual mode, or stop when all winds are done
There are 3 buttons, SELECT, button UP and DOWN.
To enter the programming mode, just long press SELECT button.
Press SELECT once to change the programming parameter, button UP and DOWN to edit the selected value, then long press SELECT again to save new values.

If you are in building mode, to make the wind start press the RUN pedal, it will start with a slow startup, to stop the winder release the RUN pedal.
Long press butto UP to change direction.
Long press butto DOWN to reset counter.
The winding machine will automatically stops when the wind counter reach the configured number, and it can goes less than zero
If you disable the autostop mode, the machine will always count wind, independently by the direction choosen.

The motor used is cheap DC motor 12V 1200rpm, the motor driver is L298N chip board.

This library was developed on Eclipse, built with avr-gcc on ATmega8 @ 8MHz.

  • 01b: fix a circut file typo error in the LCD connection of previous version.
  • 01: first version.


  • read risk disclaimer
  • excuse my bad english


  1. Bravo, interessante, ci proverò (un dì).

  2. which was magnet used in the hall sensor?

    1. The hall sensor is a A3144, the manget it's a circle one, almost 2mm dimeter x 1mm height.

  3. Thanks, neodinium or ferrite magnet?

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  6. Very nice project ;) Which motor you are using?

    1. Thank you, i'm using an ebay cheap DC motor 12V 1200rpm.
      I'm also implementing an hardware PWM driver with slow startup, which eventually can drive motor smoothly.

  7. Hello, very good project, I asked PC4 and PC5 connected to JP3, how to connect to (L298N), IN1 and IN2 connected? Thank you!

    1. Hello, if you have a L298N preassembled board, IN1 and IN2 are the motor input. If you are building your how driver, that output goes to L298N input pins for motor 1.

  8. I want to copy this build more or less, any advice what I maybe should do differently?

    1. The one you see above, works. But I'm developing a new version with hardware timer controller DC motor, and eventually a guide motor, this version has not the same wiring. It has to be tested, and then i will publish it... but it will take sametimes, cause i do this type of work during sparetime.

    2. I can't quite get it from the schematics, but what kind of screen did you use ? I'm guessing you had to use one that can actually "refresh" fast enough to display the windings.

    3. The one that i used is a "standard" ebay cheap 2x16 LCD HD44780 based.

    4. Good Work!! I'll try to build this winder. This is good. But, have you already the newest version of this version that has motor guide? Thank you. Keep Going! Success for you

    5. Hello, yes I've but it's not yet posted. Mail me if you want that version in preview.

  9. Hola.
    Eu nao consegui fazer funcionar. Gravei o .hex usando o PonyProg2000, mas nao aparece nada no display :(

    1. Hello.
      You have to debug your hardware. Double check your wiring. Also if you are not using an ATmega8, re-compile the source with avrgcc.

    2. Yes, I used the ATmega8.
      Could you send me only the Hex file for I try to burn again?
      Thank you. Sorry any bother.

    3. or
      Thanks, David

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    5. Hello Friend. I had given up. But I decided to do the last test, as hopeless. And amazingly it worked :) lol I had not set the bits properly.

      Here is a picture of the running project, still in the testing phase:

      Here is the correct way of Bits:

      Thank you for your help.

    6. Great, and thank you for feedback!

    7. Hello Davide, I will set up your project on a PCB.
      I would ask earnestly When you have an available time, would you please make two small modifications to the code for me?

      The first change would be as follows:

      I use an AC motor, I have no need to control the initial speed and engine end. Instead of L298N driver would just like to be able to control a relay to turn on and turn off the engine.

      The second change would be in the form of selecting the number of turns, for I have difficulties in placing an exact number of turns eg (4950) I end up taking a while to get these numbers on the display.
      My suggestion would be if you could select a digit at a time and change them individually.
      I hope I've been able to explain and hope you can help me.

      Thank you very much for providing this magnificent project.

      A big hug from Brazil.

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    9. Hello,
      Most of the time using a simple relay as to start/stop the AC motor is a problem, due to the cable thickness it brokes if stressed by a fast start. Anyway, you can do a instant start using a relay removing all the dcmotorpwmsoft function reference and using just one pin as output (as example: DDRC |=(1<<PC4)), and starting it on and off insted of using the dcmotorpwmsoft_gostop, dcmotorpwmsoft_goforward, dcmotorpwmsoft_gobackward, (es. PORTC |= (1 << PC4); or PORTC &= ~(1 << PC4);). Or you can use some mosfet in h-bridge configuration if you can not find the L298N.
      About the number of turn, thank for suggestion, it could be done even if with only 3 buttons it's a bit triky. For now, you should get next to your number you need long pressing the select button, then single press the buttons to get the right number. IT you want a slower turn up/down on long press, remove the lines that increment or decrement by 1000 the number in the "set_plusminus" function, making it look like this: