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  1. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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  2. MarcBrochet

    MarcBrochet New Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm Marc from France. I started my expérience with à home made static rig F1 like. I used it for 4 y with much pleasure
    Now i search to électrificate it.
    I hope To Feel chassis setting, track effects for more immersion and finally improve my lap time.
    Really happy To be part of your community
  3. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    Welcome @MacBrochet.

    You have come to the right place, there is a really active community here who freely give of their time and expertise.

    You will find plenty of helpful information in the FAQs: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    You can go through existing member projects for specific ideas or inspiration: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Or search for specific types of projects using the Google Custom Search function on the Recent page: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/find-new/posts?recent=1

    If something sounds odd then look it up in the glossary: 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.
  4. Kenji

    Kenji New Member

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    Hi, I'm Kenji from Los Angeles. I'm looking to build a bicycle motion sim. Bicycle is almost always coordinated (balanced, no skid) so I think I don't need 6DoF. Centrifugal G is not simulatable with so maybe just incline and decline only?
    Anyway it's going to be similar to MotoGP sim.
    For the time being I'm modeling it using Arduino and 2 RC servos. Thanks!
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  5. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    Welcome @Kenji.

    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/

    You can find related ideas in the FAQs such as this: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/motorcycle-controller.8231/

    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 bike project.
  6. Baggy

    Baggy New Member

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    Hi all,
    I'm in the UK and very new to simulators. Just got a DOF Reality H3 for my son which we assembled Christmas day.
    This site has been great to get setup information and getting the sim working, but still a lot to learn to get it working well.
    I have an electrical and mechanical engineering background but no real experience with computer interfacing.
    It's great to see all the self build projects and the components being used.
    I'll no doubt be asking lots of nooby questions.
    Thanks
    Jase
  7. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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  8. Buzzoom357

    Buzzoom357 New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello everyone, I'm french, last week a friend of mine went home to test me his new steering wheel, a T500rs ... it did not take me more to make me want to build a new simulator. Some years ago I already realized a 2dof pneumatic simulator with xsim. This time I want to make a simulator with wiper motors and use another software control and it is natural that I came across your website. You do a great job and it makes me want to embark on this adventure again.

    If you want to see my 1st simulator, seach '' Simulateur pneumatique X-sim ! " on youtube. (posted :19 april 2016)

    see you soon
  9. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    Welcome @Buzzoom357.

    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/

    Keep in mind that wiper motors generally need to be ground isolated: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/wiper-motor-mandatory-ground-isolation.25/

    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.
  10. IRaceSim

    IRaceSim Impalone

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    Hi everyone,
    My name is Vincenzo and I'm Italian, I apologize if I'm often wrong to write English, I'll try to improve myself.
    I have recently started the road to this forum, and I am happy to take part in this community. I'm a simulator pilot on "Assetto Corsa", and I make my simulators alone. Often I do not have time, because of work, but as soon as I have time to study and develop my simulators. I started with a 2dof simulator based on the simulator made by "RacingMat" which became my reference and then I developed another simulator with snc5 actuators. For the moment I'm still but I hope to come back soon to develop projects.
    We'll talk.
  11. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    Welcome @wp8051 and @IRaceSim.

    Using Google Translate is fine.

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

    There is 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 threads 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.

    Good luck with your projects.
  12. Maystor

    Maystor New Member

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    Hello everyone, I am new here.
    This is so cool, and soooo many things to read and see.
    Very happy :)
  13. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    Welcome @Maystor

    There are a huge range of innovative projects here.

    Once you have had a good look through existiong member projects check out the FAQs: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    There is 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 threads 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.

    Good luck with your project.
  14. Maystor

    Maystor New Member

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  15. antonio adinolfi

    antonio adinolfi New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello Everybody!
    I'm Antonio from Varese Italy, and for the last few months I've been thinking about and planning my own 6DOF platform for my flight simulator.
    I do have a 4 axis cnc that can handle aluminium, a 3D printer so I can custom build any fasteners, mounts, parts, etc . I'm thinking of keeping it fairly simple for now.
    My final target is to animate an f16 cockpit completely made from scratch from one of my best frined extremely passionate on that plane,but to do that i need something that can handle easily something between 230 and 290 kg.
    i know is not an easy way to start also because i think that i read all the buildlog that you post here guys (and i will say thank you so much for that)reconizing that i need for sure ac motors to have an adeguate power for the job.
    as a starter i will build a smaller platform just to start to familiarize with the electronics and settings that i need to keep it going smooth and realistic.


    any help from you guys will be veeeeery appreciated,
    i still in doubt for now on witch kind of automation i need to move the platform, linear actuator or something different.

    thank you so much guys, have a good day!
  16. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    Welcome @antonio adinolfi.

    That is an ambitious aspiration, so doing something simpler first is very sensible.

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

    Including code and details about building an RC power model, if you wanted to start there: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/build-a-working-model-to-test-your-design-ideas.216/

    And a 6DOF section: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/6dof.22/category

    There is 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.

    Good luck with your project.
  17. Metaverum

    Metaverum New Member

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    Hello World,

    I am Jem from Turkey, living in Bosnia. I am trying to build my first 3DOF VR Machine, like the Egg VR machines that have been populating shopping malls in the recent years. I am only 23 years old, soon to turn 24, graduated from Computer Sciences and Engineering only last year. I can say that I am a decent programmer, but a complete stranger to all things electronic and mechanic.

    I am working on this project full-time already for the last 9 months. I made a trip to China for linear actuators and servo motors to move my motion platform. I am using a servo controller called MDBox, which I believe to be a Chinese hardware from a company called Syntron. I received nearly no support from the Chinese companies in programming a simulator, tried it myself and after many days of all-nighters and hardwork, I managed to move the actuators, and guess what, one of them crashed into the floor and a component in the driver broke! Not the actuator itself, but a component called the IGBT module, of the servo driver.

    Anyway, that was a wake-up call that I had no idea what the hell I was doing. I found out about this through another client of the actuator company that I purchased from. So here I am, trying to figure out how to build a motion platform / simulator properly. Got no idea where to start, but I guess I'll find my way.

    Looking forward to learning from you all!

    Regards,

    Jem
  18. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    Welcome @Metaverum.

    The FAQs will give you a good overview of SimTools and many other associated things: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    There is 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 and post images of all hardware and associated specifications: 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.

    Good luck with your project.
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  19. 427Cobra

    427Cobra There is no substitute for cubic inches

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    Hello!

    I'm from Sweden and have just started a 2DOF sim project which will be done in three steps...
    Step 1. Build the control box with all electrical stuff like PSU's, JRK G2's and more
    Step 2. Make a small rig for tests
    Step 3. Finally a full size rig made of steel

    It's a long term project and the goal is to finalize step 1 and 2 before the summer and then start the construction of the full size rig. By the mean time before starting step 3, I will decide the final layout, dimensions and details of the full size rig.

    The construction of the electrical control box is ongoing, starting from a modified Dell server from which I will use the PSU's and put the rest of the electrical components inside the box. Got the JRK's yesterday but I'm still waiting for some missing contacts to connect the potentiometers, motors, emergency stop button etc. and switches to change the fan speed of the PSU's. I'm also waiting for a buddy to construct and make brackets for the JRK's in his 3D printer. (see attached image)
    A detailed thread about the construction of the control box will be published when finished.

    The small test rig will use 12V/2W worm gear motors and will help me to test that everything works as expected and to play with the settings before I start the construction of the full size rig. (see attached image).

    Finally, thanks to all in this forum who share experiance and tips about their projects in this community!

    Control unit.JPG
    mini_motors.JPG
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  20. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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