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  1. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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  2. Gustavo Massaneiro

    Gustavo Massaneiro New Member

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    Hello,

    I'm from Brazil, Santa Catarina state.
    I'm 26 years old and I'm graduated in computer engineering. I've been working as a software engineer, working with C ++/C#/Java/NodeJS and so on. Nowadays I'm working with NodeJS, MongoDB and Web Systems.
    I have a basic cockpit with a Logitech G27, so I'm planning to build my car simulator. I have been planning to start with 2 dof or 3 dof using the Arduino SMC3 software with the monster moto shield and DC motors with rotary encoder.
    The problem is my mechanical/robotics/car dynamics knowledge, thus I've been searching for resources regarding mechanics and dof. First of all I must understand what is DOF, the difference between 2 and 3, how to build 2 and 3 dof structures, type of joints and so on...
    I've started reading SimCalc by Tim McGuire, but I will suffer a little since my math skills are rusty. I've also started the SketchUp tutorial with SimTools, I was able to reproduce (not correctly yet) the assetto corsa game simulation on the Wackelstuhl's model. I really need to understand the forces ROLL, PITCH, Heave, Yaw Sway, Surge and their relationship with DOF.
    Any link / document / resource / video / course / edx/ ... is really welcome. I'll keep studying every day a little.

    Maybe after understanding everything, I can study about PID controller and washout algorithms and then build a new software using freeRTOS and some ARM microcontroller.
  3. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @Gustavo.

    When you have questions then the FAQs are often a good place to start: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    In particular have a look at the General Questions, which cover DOF/Forces and fundamentals of motion control: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/general-questions.1/category

    Plus the Design section: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/design-considerations-resources.24/category

    We have a glossary for all those acronyms we tend to use, which will help you decipher some descriptions: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    Also have a look at existing member builds, that may help you refine your own project ideas: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Once you have perused the FAQs and member builds then feel free to ask questions on your build thread, the members here give freely of both their time and expertise.
  4. cover4x4

    cover4x4 I love simracing

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    Hello, my name is Vicen and I am from Spain, just from a town in Barcelona near the Formula 1 Circuit. I have an aluminum cockpit that I am modifying to do it with movement. I have purchased used two SCN5 actuators, one USB Devantech RS485 and everything needed to assemble it. I'll open a post to explain the advances. A greeting. (Sorry but I use the Google translator from Spanish to English ....)

    Hola, mi nombre es Vicen y soy de España, justamente de un pueblo de Barcelona cerca del Circuito de Formula 1. Tengo un cockpit de aluminio que estoy modificando para hacerlo con movimiento. He comprado usados dos actuadores SCN5, un USB Devantech RS485 y todo lo necesario para montarlo. Abriré un post para ir explicando los avances. Un saludo. (Perdon pero uso el traductor Google de Español al Inglés....)
  5. JeepGunner82a

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    Hi I'm a returning member same username minus the "a", said no user with my email found.. Seems I lost my Gold plugin download access. Could that get a reinstate?
  6. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @cover4x4.

    Sounds like you have an interesting foundation for your project.

    If you are seeking build, hardware and software information to get you started, then look in the FAQs: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    We have a glossary for all those acronyms we tend to use, which will help you decipher some descriptions: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Feel free to ask questions on your build thread, the members here give freely of both their time and expertise.
  7. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @JeepGunner82a.

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  8. JeepGunner82a

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    Thanks Noorbeast, yeah I got frustrated on my 6dof project and shelved it for a good bit. Came across a different code for Sabertooth when it hit me. SMC3 was written for MonsterMoto, not the Fry's electronics motor drivers I had been using. New plans are to firstly get 2x60 driver, then find 2 proper gear motors with corresponding power supplies. If I can get a 2DOF to work, then I will triple those numbers and finally get this project a movin!
  9. hjr2

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    Hello, my name is Jeremy and I live in Canada. I am planning on building a motion sim (at least 3 dof with LOTS of traction loss). I play iRacing dirt with Oculus almost exclusively and would like to build something that would reproduce the geometry of a dirt late model. I also like road course stuff, so hopefully it can be flexible.
    So far I have built a button box out of an old controller, iFlag, and the TH1638 dash indicator, but since going to VR I have no need for these peripherals. I have also been building and repairing musical effects pedals for 10 years and like working at the schematic level with electronics.
    I've been lurking here for a few months and am looking forward to learning from everyone here.
  10. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @hjr2.

    Doing some research and planning is time well spent, and the community here can help you out as you formulate your ideas about what you want to build and even where you can source parts from.

    Have a look at existing member builds, that may help you refine your own project: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    You will find plenty to get you started in the FAQs, from design software, dimension of sims, to PSUs, pots, motors, JRKs, Arduinos and Motor Monsters and more: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    We have a glossary for all those acronyms we tend to use, which will help you decipher some descriptions: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  11. Hervé

    Hervé New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hi all,

    I'm Hervé from France and i'm building a 2dof seat mover with DC motors.
    I'm 37 and got few knowledge in mecanics and electronics/electricity.

    I'm powering it with a Sabertooth board.

    I'll open a new topic to show you how is made my lowcoast simulator.

    After several informations and recommandations from pcshm forum i've decided to use simtools.
    At this time i just have a demo version and sounds good with lfs.
    I'm planning to play with dirt and rrre and probably also rollercoaster for my familly to try the simulator.

    Regards.
    Hervé
  12. noorbeast

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  13. cover4x4

    cover4x4 I love simracing

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    @noorbeast, I am learning thanks to this forum and I will try to contribute with what I am doing, even if it is little compared to many of you, and I still have many doubts that I hope you can solve and thus help others. Although my language is in Spanish thanks to the Google translator, I hope I can manage, forgive me the mistakes of spelling and grammar. Thank you.

    @noorbeast, estoy aprendiendo gracias a este foro e intentaré aportar con lo que yo vaya haciendo, aunque sea poco comparado con muchos de vosotros, y tengo todavía muchas dudas que espero que pueda resolver y así ayudar a otros. Aunque mi idioma es en español gracias al traductor de Google espero poder apañarme, perdonadme las faltas de ortografía y gramática. Gracias.
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  14. korn

    korn New Member

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    Hi All

    I stumbled across some arduino code on this site while working on a small robot for a class. then I started looking around as Ive been playing with LFS for a while. Mostly the outgauge stuff.

    When my sons Aveo blew its engine we gutted it for parts before it got scrapped. I've already got the gauges working in LFS and he tested them with Beam NG too. So far all looks nice. I have some pics and video's I can post also got the warning light module working. Next is to put a fan in the dash ducts for wind.

    We are making a complete cockpit and he asked me about making a tilt platform to go under it. Most sites lead me here. i thought about using hydraulics or pneumatics as I have some John Deere Loader cylinders in the garage but that seems overkill after looking at some of the designs here.

    Still haven't decided on which direction to go. I do have some wheelchair motors and ATV winches to play with.

    -Bob - New York
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  15. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @korn.

    I look forward to hearing more about your project plans.

    If you are seeking build, hardware and software information to get you started, then look in the FAQs: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    We have a glossary for all those acronyms we tend to use, which will help you decipher some descriptions: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your cockpit project.
  16. Flaremaster

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    Hi everybody,

    I'm Daniel from Germany. Been playing with civilian flight sims on and off for the last 25 years. Recently discovered DCS and now I'm building a VR flight seat which I eventually want to put on a 3DOF motion platform. Trying to learn about the different actuator types with their pros and cons. This website is an absolute paradise to research setups and solutions that are actually within reach.
  17. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome @Flaremaster.

    Doing some research and planning is time well spent, and the community here can help you out as you formulate your ideas about what you want to build and even where you can source parts from.

    Have a look at existing member builds, that may help you refine your own project: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    You will find plenty to get you started in the FAQs: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    We have a glossary for all those acronyms we tend to use, which will help you decipher some descriptions: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  18. Mikael1988

    Mikael1988 New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello everyone,

    I come from Belgium in the province of Luxembourg. I am a heating technician.
    I'm a fan of car games ... I really enjoy karting.
    My goal is to be able to manufacture with the help of your advice a 3DOF car simulator, RS seat, FANATEC steering system and 3 screens.

    I hope to find all the answers to my questions because I start in the field and I hope to succeed in my project!
    If someone has some leads / starting information to get started, I'm interested.

    I flew over the different topics of the site to gather as much information as possible before starting!

    Thanking you in advance for your help,


    Mikaël.
  19. noorbeast

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    Welcome @Mikael1988.

    I look forward to hearing more about your project plans.

    If you are seeking build, hardware and software information to get you started, then look in the FAQs: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    We have a glossary for all those acronyms we tend to use, which will help you decipher some descriptions: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    When you are ready please start your own project thread here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your 3DOF project.
  20. ciggstovapor

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    I have been quietly cruising the threads for a little bit now and wanted to say hello and thank you. This is a great resource!