The number one thing people have asked me is: "When are the boards available?". It took a while to get ready, but I am now happy to announce that the release candidate of board version 3.1 is ready! You can review this release candidate in any of the following ways:
- You can review the original Altium Designer files in the on GitHub.
- You can review the schematic and the BOM.
- I converted the AD design to the free tool CircuitMaker. Check it out here.
I am not sure if the continued development will be with the AD files in GitHub, or on CM, it depends on the input I receive from the community.
After identifying and working around some bugs present in v3.0, I was able to verify that the basics of the board design does indeed work as expected. In v3.1, I have fixed the bugs that were present in v3.0, and made some minor modifications. I have refrained from any major modifications or improvements to make sure that the changes that were applied should only fix the issues, and not introduce any new ones. Therefore, I am fairly confident that once this version is released, that it should be fine to distribute the first batch of development prototypes.
Board production runs
So while the design is open source, and anyone is free to go and make boards, I realise that the majority of us would prefer to just buy an assembled board. So I will facilitate some board manufacture production runs. I realise that some people want to get their hands on a board at the early alpha stage, while some want to reduce the risk and want to join in when the project is ready for beta release.
To that end, I have prepared this survey:
Roadmap of features
To help decide when you would want to join the project, or what ODrive can do for you at what time, it makes sense to have a roadmap of features. You can see the first draft of the roadmap of features we want to get into the first usable release of ODrive. The milestones to look out for in particular are First usable release, and Alpha testing production run. When these are done is basically when the alpha production will happen.
This roadmap is intended to be dynamic, and will change with feedback from the community, and new ideas come about. Your input to this roadmap is very welcome!
How you can contribute
Have a look at the roadmap. If you feel that have the skills to implement any of the features we want to include in ODrive, then please join the development effort and help make them become a reality! If you have an idea, or made a feature on your own, just get in touch, and we can get it in the roadmap, or get the feature merged.