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In this project I will firstly demonstrate how a common ESC works and afterwards create a circuit consisting of an Arduino Nano, an L6234 motor driver IC and a couple of complementary components in order to build a DIY ESC. Let's get started!

Step 1: Watch the Videos!

The two videos give you a good idea of what is necessary to do to create your own ESC. In the following steps I will present you some additional information.

Step 2: Order Your Components!

Here you can find a parts list with example seller:

Amazon.com:

1x Arduino Nano: http://amzn.to/2fCdkMl

2x LM393 Comparator: http://amzn.to/2wUuM25

1x L6234 IC: http://amzn.to/2wG6WHY

4x 470nF, 1x 100nF, 1x 10nF, 1x 220nF Capacitor: http://amzn.to/2uA0eWA

2x 1µF Capacitor: http://amzn.to/2vRNvi1

4x 1kΩ, 3x 10kΩ Resistor: http://amzn.to/2wG9Cpk

5x 1Ω Resistor: http://amzn.to/2fCjiNi

2x 10kΩ Potentiometer: http://amzn.to/2vRZZGf

2x 1N4148 Diode: http://amzn.to/2vyFPhT

Ebay:

1x Arduino Nano: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x LM393 Comparator: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x L6234 IC: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

4x 470nF, 1x 100nF, 1x 10nF, 1x 220nF Capacitor: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x 1µF Capacitor: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

4x 1kΩ, 3x 10kΩ Resistor: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

5x 1Ω Resistor: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x 10kΩ Potentiometer: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x 1N4148 Diode: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

Amazon.de:

1x Arduino Nano: http://amzn.to/2w0QQLZ

2x LM393 Comparator: http://amzn.to/2uRTgaM

1x L6234 IC: http://amzn.to/2w2M2VK

4x 470nF, 1x 100nF, 1x 10nF, 1x 220nF Capacitor: http://amzn.to/2wUe03i

2x 1µF Capacitor: http://amzn.to/2wUyby6

4x 1kΩ, 3x 10kΩ Resistor: http://amzn.to/2vujMKZ

5x 1Ω Resistor: http://amzn.to/2vzjBwc

2x 10kΩ Potentiometer: http://amzn.to/2uRZveE

2x 1N4148 Diode: http://amzn.to/2fCTO2E

Step 3: Create the Circuit!

Here you can find the schematic along with reference pictures of my board layout.

Step 4: Upload the Code!

Here you can download the code that I created for the project. Since I created quite a few of them you can download them all.

Sketch 1: Uses the analogRead function to measure the current

Sketch 2: Uses the external interrupt on pin 3 to measure the current

Sketch 3: Uses timer 2 to control the current chopping

Sketch 4: Uses the interrupts on pin 10,11,12 to switch to the next step

Step 5: Success!

You did it! You just created your own ESC!


Feel free to check out my YouTube channel for more awesome projects:

http://www.youtube.com/user/greatscottlab

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    ArunS198

    7 weeks ago

    1x Arduino can run bldc motor without Nano or help please

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    karthikanchan

    Question 5 months ago on Introduction

    hi,
    I am doing a project using ESC circuit that is run using arduino uno. I am using this circuit to run a small 12v compressor, the expected flow rate to be obtained is 11 litres/min,but i am able to obtain only 7.5 l/m at the maximum speed of the compressor. So should i increase the voltage to the compressor or the speed of the compressor can be increased by the code itself?
    the link form where i have referred this circuit and code is given below,please have look at it and help me if should make changes in code?.if yes then please help me with the changes in code too.

    https://simple-circuit.com/arduino-sensorless-bldc-motor-controller-esc/

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    adrianl126

    6 months ago

    Hi Great Scott my question is, do you think the basic code will run on a senseless squirrel cage induction motor that has no magnets and whose load is a simple green house fan?

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    ZellitoH

    8 months ago on Introduction

    Hi Scott, the actual boards pictures you show do not look like the electronic diagram. What changes do I need to make to make this work ?
    Thanks

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    AiltonO

    Question 1 year ago

    what changes i have to do for made a esc for a brushed motor ?

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    liu.sunnyAiltonO

    Answer 1 year ago

    this driver is only for brushless motor, brushed motor is a completely different structure and you cannot modify from this driver

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    EdaÇ3

    Question 1 year ago on Step 5

    Hi,I want to try this project.But before the create it, I want to simulate in the program .Which simulation program you use ?Can you help me?

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    diy_bloke

    1 year ago

    Followed this on youtube. Great work, learned a lot

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    PierceB4

    1 year ago

    hi, i have a quick question about this design, if im using Sketch 4 can i remove everything between pins 14 and 17 on the motor controller and pin 3 on the Arduino, the reason i ask is that i am limited on size in my current project

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    Thợ RènB

    1 year ago

    cám ơn bạn rất nhiều !

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    indram11

    1 year ago

    Hello...i've been trying to make esc based on your project, i already downloaded your arduino's code but i couldn't create the sketch and since i'm still learning in arduino, so i want to ask you about your code in your video, does that video show the full code of the project?

    Sorry for my bad english.

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    Ivan4567

    1 year ago

    Hello! Is it possible to implement a digital speed reference? Without using a potentiometer.

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    AllexandruP

    1 year ago

    make a video ; comparators vs opamp

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    ahmet_024102

    1 year ago

    can you add good schematic photo.
    can you share good ? because not sure names

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    mikeanton

    1 year ago

    Great instructable, but I think there are a few errors in your schematic. The RC filters you have on the comparator inputs look to be drawn incorrectly. The capacitor should be located directly on the comparator pin, so that the capacitor forms a voltage divider along with the resistor, to form a lowpass filter. As drawn, the capacitor is right across a low impedance source, so it will have little to no effect.

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    JaccoV

    1 year ago

    Awesome project! We made it exacatly like you.. The only problem is that the motor isn't spinning fast enough. Do you have any idea why this is happening? We using the software 4.ino

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    kevinmaker2018

    1 year ago

    Very good project.I had bought some parts form Makerfabs. Hope every thing is OK. Could you please sharing the eagle files? Thanks!

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    doctek

    1 year ago

    Very nice! How about a high res version of the schematic that I could actually read? That would be much appreciated.

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    GreatScottLabdoctek

    Reply 1 year ago

    Left click on the image, left click again and select the resolution on the left side. You can even print it as a poster.