Once the motor is designed, there is still one primary factor that determines the quality of the motor: the motor commutation. Commutation is the moving of the magnetic field generated by the coils of a motor. As the rotor spins the magnetic field must spin with it in order to continue producing torque. Read the full update.
There are 3 primary factors that determine a propulsion system’s efficiency: the mechanical efficiency of the motor, the electrical efficiency of the motor controller (ESC), and the propeller’s figure of merit, which is a function of a prop’s speed and lift-to-drag ratio. Read the full update.
Here’s a quick summary: a manufacturing mistake has caused delays, but the motors will be shipped in early February if all goes well. Read the full update.
We have exciting news! As of November 1st, we have confirmed the design for the production motors. Due to our yield rate issue as described in the previous update, Matt traveled to our motor manufacturer’s office in China to figure out how to make these motors more reliable. Read the full update.
In the sample run described in our last update, we had a yield rate of about 70%. We fixed several problems from our previous generations, but an issue we call “decalibration” persists. Fortunately, the motors that do work are performing very well, so we’re working hard to make production more reliable! Read the full update.
We placed the order for the production motors about two weeks ago, so we figured it was about time for an update! We’ll be getting samples next week and putting them to the test before we give our manufacturer the green light to do a run of 1,000 motors. The tests will be split up into two categories: quality assurance and R&D testing. Read the full update.
The IQ Motion Control team wants to thank all of our backers for their support during our campaign. We’ll be heading to China in early July to oversee motor production and assembling/calibrating the modules in August. Our Crowd Supply page will remain open for pre-orders in the meantime, but prices will increase by 10%. There’s still a few hours left to get our motor modules at their reduced price! Keep an eye out for our video with ZoeFPV this weekend! Read the full update.
The guys at Rotor Riot came to Philly to test out our motors and give us tips on how to improve them for the drone FPV community. Check it out! Read the full update.
We’re excited to announce that we made our goal of $5,000 in the first two days! On the request of many potential backers, we’ve completed a thorough datasheet for the IQ Speed Module, which is now available. Read the full update.
After years of development in the University of Pennsylvania’s robotics lab and another year of prototyping, testing and iterating, the IQ Motor Module is now available in our crowdfunding campaign. With a position sensor and our advanced calibration and control algorithms, IQ is able to optimize motor performance and give users the utmost control over their vehicles and machines. Read the full update.
We just completed our video shoot, so we will be ready to launch the campaign this February! Here’s a sneak peek… Read the full update.
I (Jon) was lucky enough to travel out to Las Vegas for CES with the group from HAX. It was a great opportunity to connect with people in the drone and robotics industry, and I got to see a lot of interesting new technology. Here are a few of the highlights. Read the full update.
We just received the first samples for our initial small production run! Here’s a bit about our experience with the manufacturer and our immediate impressions of the samples... Read the full update.