Arduino Gimbal BLDC controller

For a personal project I need to control a small BLDC motor for a maximum of one full rotation - so basically like the drone camera stabilization systems we all know. For prototyping I’d like to use an Arduino or similar to quickly get this up and running. My problem is that I don’t know of the right controller for the motor, which should be super cheap (in the final “product” I will need to drive almost 100 of them simultaneously), can be weak (1A max should be plenty) but should be as quiet as possible (cough FOC?) and be precisely controllable via the Arduino. Does anybody know of an Open Source project or some other chinese ESC that would give me what I am looking for? VESCs are obviously way overpowered and too expensive.

Nobody? @Deodand maybe?

People usually run stepper motors for something like this… when you need precise control over the rotation…

Arduinos will easily be able to adapt to stepper motor controllers…

If it’s a gimbal you are after then using dedicated gimbal controllers are better compared to arduino. You can program them as well to take a PWM signal to move around.

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Do you know of a cheap gimbal controller that takes pwm as input? I am not allowed to use stepper motors. Positioning doesn’t need to be super precise but I need to control the speed quite accurately

Google for Alexmos or Microstorm 32… I used the latter before but it’s a bit of a pain to get going…

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Sounds like you are searching for something like the DRV8313. Some brushless gimbal controllers are using this IC. A great open hardware brushless gimbal project is this one:

I had a cheap ass gimbal ages ago and i think it ran basecam, which should be arduino compatible.

These are the things i had, the controller should have pwm input.

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I have 2 Odrives and they are amazing, however they are probably not what he needs. The Odrives are very precise with a good encoder and can handle peak currents up to 100A. A arduino on it’s own will not be able to drive a BLDC motor, you will need some sort of power electronics. Since you are going to only do 1 rev, max 1A and probably want them to inexpensive I would recomend trinamic stepper drivers and a small stepper. Why can’t you use steppers?

The cheapest gimbal would be using either a servo motor or stepper motors.

Why not just fad a small housing for the go pro and a servo? Servo will give you full 360 rotation.

It’s not for a camera Gimbal - as I said this will have almost 100 motors in the end.

The stepper motors I found are more expensive than the BLDC Gimbal motors I can get my hands on.

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