[Group buy] vESC Open Source Brushless Motor Driver


#1

Hi all,

I’ve recently purchased the PCBs for an open-source motor driver by Benjamin Vedder. It is an attractive orange/yellow colour and smells of sawdust on a rainy day.

It should be good for electric skateboards, bikes, surfboards, or huuuuge quadcopters (if you buy four).

Here is an incomplete list of some of its features:

  • Fully open source.
  • STM32F4 microcontroller.
  • 5V 1A output for external electronics from the integrated buck converter.
  • Voltage: 8V – 60V (Safe for 3S to 12S LiPo).
  • Current: Up to 240A for a couple of seconds or about 50A continuous.
  • Sensored and sensorless FOC wich auto-detection of all motor parameters.
  • Firmware based on ChibiOS/RT.
  • Regenerative braking.
  • DC motors are also supported.
  • Sensored or sensorless operation.
  • A GUI with lots of configuration parameters
  • Interface to control the motor: PPM signal (RC servo), analog, UART, I2C, USB or CAN-bus.
  • Wireless wii nunchuk (Nyko Kama) control through the I2C port. This is convenient for electric skateboards.

This is just the PCB, however. They are $5 each, and prefer to sell them in groups of two. I have 6 left.

For the components, @bruce has kindly stepped up and is ordering the sets. Please join #vesc in Slack to get in on that order, expected cost is around $20. This will require some pretty fine SMD work, but we have a ton of experts at that now.


#2

@toma mentioned that he has some of these, which are the same thing, just packaged really nicely and ten(!) times the price.


Eskate Project
#3

Does the processor support USB host mode, and does the board power the bus ?
If so I’m in.


#4

I have no idea! You should read the documentation. I really haven’t looked
into these too much, so you know as much as I know.


#5

I’m in for two kits.

Thanks

Mark


#6

This looks really great. But I’m not into assembling a board myself. Anyone want to make 2 and sell me 1?


#7

What are the dimensions of this ESP board?


#8

Hi, I would like one kit (or as many kits as required for the Eskate)!
Thanks,
RK


#9

you’ll need two if you want to run dual motors.