Servo Accuracy vs Motor Accuracy

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I remember reading somewhere that the Botball people modify the servos to make them into motors.
If so, should motors be as accurate as the servos?

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RC Servos use a position-sensing device to figure out where they are; as a result, they are very accurate and do not drift. Turning an RC Servo into a DC Motor involves removing the position-sensing device; the CBC uses back-EMF sensing to sense position of DC Motors. Back-EMF works by sensing velocity and integrating (summing) over time to deduce position; this is inherently inaccurate and will drift over time.

So to answer your question, RC Servos will be much more accurate than DC Motors.

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Thanks!
- Ulzee