Schematics and PCB's!

A project log for DroneNet: The Quad Chronicles

Unmanned Hybrid-Vehicle System utilizing a Rover and a Quadcopter equipped with a regenerative charging system.

ironbitironBit 05/01/2014 at 17:120 Comments

Well what is more fun that designing your own PCB's for your projects? 

Actually getting them back, soldering them, and seeing them work. I am going to try and compile all of our PCB's here in case anyone wants to see them. I can send the full eagle files if needed as well. 

Here is the controller that we used for the Rover. It was designed in DesignSpark by Allied Electronics. 

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Here is the Mecanum IO Controller. We designed the Motor Drivers to be modular from the actual micro controller just in case anything went wrong, we wouldn't be down an entire board. 

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fresh from fab! OSHPARK ftw. 

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These are the Motor Driver boards. We put 2 IC's on each board, using a total of 2 boards. (left and right sides). I used Sparkfun's MonsterMoto as a reference and mostly just redid the routing on it and adjusted it to fit my sockets so it would mate directly to the controller board.

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The next set of boards are what we used for the Peripheral's on the Rover and also our communication handler for all the boards on the rover.

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The boards were designed to stack on top of each other, very similiar to an arduino shield. They are connected via an I2C bus (the headers towards the back right). They are using a switching regulator power supply and each board is able to handle up to 3 amps for all of the servos. 

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Last but not least, the PCB that runs the Bedini Motor. I will have to get some pictures of the PCB design once I get the files.

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