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new ALCS crystal sync motor for Eclair ACL


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On 10/19/2022 at 10:54 AM, aapo lettinen said:

I am planning on making 4 or 5 pieces of the "main version" of the motor in November and they will be shipping in December. Two of them are already reserved so I would recommend contacting me asap if interested in this motor type so that I can put you on the waiting list and reserve enough parts for the batch

Three "Main version" motors are reserved from the first batch now so I will make a batch of 5 or at most 6.

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"built-in" version is NOT AVAILABLE anymore or at least will be really expensive to make because I had some counterfeit Atmel microcontrollers in storage and thus there is no enough chips available to make the built-in versions (the Chinese scammed again, this time via a German seller so it was more difficult to detect and the counterfeits were really well made).

I only have two genuine microcontrollers of the required type it seems and can just make the built-in controller for the one camera I am finishing at the moment but further ones are not possible to make without ripping apart some Arduino boards to try to extract the component out of them undamaged (I can do it if needed but will charge a lot). Let's say, 1600usd for the built-in version or something like that if needing to tear apart Arduino boards to get the needed components 🤢

 

THIS DOES NOT AFFECT THE "MAIN" VERSION OF THE ACL 16-SPEED CONTROLLER BECAUSE IT USES A DIFFERENT MICROCONTROLLER OF WHICH I HAVE 30 GENUINE ONES IN STORAGE. THE "MAIN" VERSION DEVELOPMENT AND SALES CONTINUE AS PLANNED AND THE PRICE STAYS THE SAME :)

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I am waiting for the final circuit boards for the "built-in" version to arrive.

I already built a working prototype of the "built-in" system into a oversized aluminium box and it is tested with the camera and works. I let Heikki borrow it until I get his camera finished and he will probably do some testing with the prototype motor. The current software version is not finished yet so the menus can be a bit unresponsive at times but that does not affect crystal sync or framerate accuracy and will be corrected in the final software version.

I have a about 1 hour long testing/tutorial video of the prototype but it is in Finnish and I probably don't have time to add subtitles any time soon. If someone wants to purchase the motor system and is unsure what it is about and how it works, I can dm the video to prove that it works and to show how the menus work and what features there is... should be easy to figure out from the video even without subtitles because the menus are in English.

Let me know ASAP if wanting to order the "main version" of the ACL motor as I will only make a single batch of them and only couple of them are available.  I will want to get at least some of my money back from the project before the WW3 starts so that I can buy food and survival gear 😂

 

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It looks like there is a maximum of TWO acl motors still available which can be ordered. Price 1100usd + shipping per motor and shipping will be between 15th December and 20th December.  Deposit of 300usd will be charged before 28th November so that I can secure enough motor drives in time to be able to deliver the finished crystal motors in mid December.

Please note that only one batch will be made and the next product will be a different more expensive ACL controller made in November/December 2023 so one needs to wait up to a year if missing out this first version.

Please let me know before 28th November if wanting to order this product. We can discuss by DM about the details and I can link the video of the prototype working.

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On 11/16/2022 at 2:21 PM, aapo lettinen said:

Please note that only one batch will be made and the next product will be a different more expensive ACL controller made in November/December 2023 so one needs to wait up to a year if missing out this first version.

Changed plans on the possible "Updated 2023 version" of the ACL controller.  It is very likely that the "expensive version" would never  get enough orders to make it financially possible to make (would need to collect from 10k to 15k to be able to start the project because of the amount of custom cnc machining needed which makes the starting costs high. and the individual controllers would cost from 1600 to 2000usd a piece) and thus I am sceptical if there will ever be any "better and updated more expensive version" of this controller, OR if there even will be another batch made of this first 16-speed version after the December2022 batch.

I will likely have a simpler "built-in" version of the ACL controller available sometime later, maybe next year, which does not have any display at all and has a traditional 12-position rotary switch for selecting crystal speeds. This system can use the existing circuit boards I already have and is a little bit cheaper than the original "built-in" version. I think this style of version is what some users are expecting from an ACL motor (really simple, very fast to use, no extra features at all, no displays or menus to "complicate things") so it is possible that I will make something like that next year if having enough time and money available. 

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got a batch of the first front panel version for the "Main" controller (aka "the external control box version"). No switches, screen protector glass or the finishing lacquer yet. The screen is of the same size than the final will be, the edge will just be masked to look nice and to hide the gap.

Looks pretty promising by my opinion. The panel is made of aluminium and is very durable.

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Taking the last orders now when needing to order the last components for the manufacturing batch next week to get them in time.

I will only assemble the amount of motors which are pre ordered so there will be no extra ones available later and it is likely to lose the opportunity to get one then.

Let me know before December 1st if wanting to order a ACL motor from the first batch. We can discuss about the details by DM and I will showcase what the motor will be. You can contact me even if not being able to fully pay for the motor right now. If at least the 300usd deposit can be paid for to cover most of the material costs, it is possible for me to assemble your motor in the December batch and then wait with it until you have a possibility to get the rest of the purchase price paid 🙂

Deposit is 300usd with the total motor price 1100usd + shipping costs.

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Ordered the rest of the components now so the batch size is locked. I will make 4 motors total of which 2 are of the "Main version" external box ones and two are of the "built-in" version of which one is for my own use. All of these motors are already reserved and partially paid for and will be sent to the customers as soon as they are finished.

I will likely assemble one or two extra control boxes if I have enough time and parts available, so if someone is interested in ordering one of the "Main version" controllers later in December it should be possible though has much longer delivery time of about 4 weeks. Price is the same 1100usd +shipping, just takes longer to deliver because I will only order the expensive bldc motor and connection parts if the order is actually paid for to avoid stocking expensive parts unnecessarily

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