IMS MDrive 17 Plus

The MDrive17 uses a NEMA 17 frame size 1.8° motor combined with a microstepping drive, and accepts up to 14 resolution settings from 1/2 to 256 microsteps per step. Setup parameters include Microstep Resolution, Run and Hold currents and can be changed on-the-fly or downloaded and stored in non-volatile memory with the use of a simple GUI which is provided, eliminating the need for external switches or resistors. Parameters are changed via an SPI port located on connector P2. Operating voltage for the MDrive17 ranges from +12 to +48 VDC.

The versatile, compact MDrive17 is available in multiple configurations to fit various system needs including a single shaft stand-alone device, a standard motor with optical encoder, an Acme screw linear actuator, or with an optional rear knob for hand operation of the motor. The rotary MDrive 17 is also available in three different stack lengths: 13, 15 & 19.

The MDrive17 is a small, powerful and inexpensive solution that will reduce system cost, design and assembly time for a large range of stepping motor applications.


  • Integrated Microstepping Drive/NEMA 17 Motor
  • +12 to +48 VDC Input Voltage
  • Low Cost
  • Extremely Compact
  • Optically Isolated Logic Inputs
  • Automatic Current Reduction
  • Configurable:
    • Motor Run/Hold Current
    • Microstep Resolution to 256 Microsteps/Step
  • Available Configurations:
    • Single Shaft
    • Linear Actuator
    • Factory-Mounted Optical Encoder
    • Double Shaft End with Knob For Manual Positioning
  • Available in Three Stack Sizes*
  • Current and Resolution May Be Switched On-The-Fly
  • Single Supply
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Quick and Easy Parameter Setup

*Rotary Motor Only

Configuration Utility features include:

Easy installation.
Automatic communication configuration.
Will not set out-of-range values.
Tool-tips display valid range setting for each option.