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  1. noorbeast

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

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    Welcome @Erik Middeldorp.

    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 project.
  2. Tim Palmgren

    Tim Palmgren New Member

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    Hey guys, Tim checking in from New Zealand here. Currently have a Next Level Motion V3 which is decent but looking to take it up a notch with a dbox style setup bolted to the corners of my Simlab P1. A reddit user recently posted an option from China that has pretty decent specs from PT Actuator so doing some research now about what I need to get together to make it all work.

    I'm reasonably technical but no electrical or engineering background so will be looking for options that are least likely to result in electrocution!
  3. noorbeast

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

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    Welcome @Tim Palmgren.

    You can even build your own actuators and you will likely find @Michael Hensen's D-Box inspired build thread of interest: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/diy-d-box-style-for-vr-3-dof.11524/

    But there are also many other design options. So do some research and planning, 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/

    Feel free to ask questions, the members here give freely of both their time and expertise.

    Good luck with your project.
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  4. Craig Mansfield

    Craig Mansfield New Member

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    Hello everybody!
    It's great to "be around" you all; I'm very interested in your projects.

    I'm not here looking for help (yet) and I'm not making a motion simulator (I wish I was) but I am making controls for X-Plane 11 helicopters. I love VR - I have the Rift.

    I've decided to modify a joystick and use the potentiometers. I've heard about Hall Effect sensors, but it's early days for me.

    I've pretty much designed the collective and throttle, and the cyclic doesn't need much in the way of "designing".

    I flirt with the idea of creating the instrument panels, so I can click feel switches with my hands, but I don't know how to get a computer to know that my circuit board is a "joystick/gamepad".

    I have seen PCBs which convert analogue to digital, which in theory would communicate potentiometer "position" (voltage) to the PC, but that's pretty much where I'm at.
    I've seen USB PCBs that have lots of USB buttons - they'd cover the switches..... But pots are my problem.

    I'm not asking how to do it, I'll keep looking for myself, it's just an introduction to what I'm doing.

    Who am I? 45 year old man, UK, looking after my mother.

    General tinkerer, worst electronics enthusiast on earth

    Fine line between idiot and genius


    Good luck everybody, I hope your projects are going great!

    Craig
  5. noorbeast

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    Welcome @Craig Mansfield.

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

    You will likely find @Spit40's helicopter control project of interest: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/chopper-time-diy-helicopter-collective.12747/

    Also check out Game Dash and what it can do: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/gamedash-settings-tips-and-tricks.21/category

    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 peripheral project thread here: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-peripherals.32/

    Good luck with your project.
  6. Craig Mansfield

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    Thank you very much Noorbeast :)

    Very very good of you. After posting, I looked online and found that Arduino converts analogue to digital, and also can be used for a USB HID keyboard.

    So I'm on a good path. I'll most certainly snoop about in here, and update my progress.

    I love to finally find people that not only know what I'm talking about, but know more than I do about it.

    :)

    I'm grateful for your message, thank you.

    Best wishes,
    Craig
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  7. minsu

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  8. noorbeast

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

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    The LFS demo is free, not the full game.
  9. minsu

    minsu New Member

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    Thanks. I knew that after downloaded.:)
  10. InigoDeLaFuente

    InigoDeLaFuente New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello everybody.

    Iñigo from Spain checking in. I´m starting from scratch and in the phase of gathering info on how to build a motion system. I saw how active and helpful your community is and loved it, so I decided to make a donation from the beginning. I´m planning on building a 2dof system with absolutely zero knowledge. It´s intended to be for driving simulation only, iRacing to be more precise. Do you think 2dof is enough for it? From what I´ve learn in the forums I can later upgrade to more in case I need it.

    Cheers
  11. noorbeast

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    Welcome @InigoDeLaFuente.

    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 to get you started 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.
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  12. InigoDeLaFuente

    InigoDeLaFuente New Member Gold Contributor

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    Thanks noorbeast!
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  13. cadcoke5

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    I am here for what is probably an unusual reason, compared to most who are here. I am part of a group that is seeking to establish a creation museum in the Eastern Pennsylvania area. One of the things we are considering is the use of VR to take the audience members to other locations, such as the pyramids at Giza.

    It will probably end up using a basic, non-stereoscopic projection onto the interior of a half-dome. But, I am also looking into other possibilities. One enhancement may be to include a motion platform, so that the audience members will feel they are in a vehicle driving through the tour site. So rather than feeling like you are in a race car, it would be more like being in a golf cart on smooth ground. Perhaps up to 4 passengers would be in the simulator.

    I do mechanical engineering, so I have a bit of an interest in DIY stuff. But in this case for the museum, I am primarily interested in an off-the-shelf solution. So, does anyone know of an off-the-shelf solution for what I am seeking?

    -Joe
  14. noorbeast

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    Welcome @cadcoke5.

    A lot of the arcade style sims would be out of China: https://www.alibaba.com/showroom/motion-simulator-arcade.html
  15. Jonas Canopee

    Jonas Canopee Tech & fitness geek, daddy, car enthusiast Gold Contributor

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    Hi guys and gals,
    I'm new to the party but I'm a veteran dancer ;)
    After realizing a commercial rig with engineers (I did only cosmetics mainly on the outside) I felt the urge to try this at home.
    Just getting started with motion though, yeah more cables :D
  16. noorbeast

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

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    Welcome @Jonas Canopee.

    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 project.
  17. cutmebr0

    cutmebr0 This is it. Gold Contributor

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    Hey Everyone!
    Not quite sure what to share in my intro.
    Oklahoma, work in IT, I'm a father and I like getting into projects like this.
    This is my first time diving into motion simulation.
    I purchased a BlueTiger motion platform off of Ebay, and I've been acquiring other controls parts I'll need to get it complete.
    Anyways, I'll post my project soon and hopefully get some pictures up sometime this week.
  18. Joeri

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    Hi guys

    I am Joeri and I am from the Netherlands and 35 years old.
    I've been looking around the website for a while now.

    I am trying to build a motion seat with my colleague
    We are now testing a bit and collecting stuff for a 2 dof motion seat.

    I will create a project topic so that you can see what we are doing.

    Gr. Joeri
  19. noorbeast

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    Welcome @cutmebr0 and @Joeri.

    I look forward to hearing more about your project plans.
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  20. Martin Stensland

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    Hi guys.

    Martin from Norway here.
    I've been browsing this site for a while, and I've been gathering parts to build my own actuators for a 6DOF motion platform.
    Yesterday I started working on the first actuator, and I've connected it to an ESP32 board, running FlyPT's code.
    So far I've had only minor success, but I'm confident I will get the prototype actuator up and running soon!

    Anyways, I just wanted to say hi.


    \Martin
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