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  1. Acmed

    Acmed New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello everyone ,

    I'm From France, i'm a sim racing enthausiast and a real motorsport fan , i started to do my first sim with wood dreaming to go on the Nürburgring Norschleife one day for real... After more than 1000hours of training on RF,RF2 Assetto Granturismo, i went on it and i succed to do less than 10 min with a nurburgring rental swift sport on the first time know i can reach Less than 8 min with my car ! Sim racing is a wonderful thing !

    Now, i have the chance to do racing sometimes in amateur competitions, and i really would like to build a 6DOF sim as realistic as possible ! Unfortunately i don't have any knowledge concerning programming or building a 6DOF Sim, so Firstly i have to be really greatful with @SilentChill and @PeterW if you read that message , even you i didn't talk to you guys you help me a lot about how to build an actuator, the parts programming an odrive with your posts on this forum and also odrive community.

    Xsimulator community has a lot of helpful people and you really helped me ! For sure i will come back quickly asking you a lot of questions (concerning parts and programming and a LOT of things) because i'm looking for all parts i must need to build this sim, but again thank you guys and thanks a lot the community for the answers and the help you will give to me !
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  2. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    Welcome @Acmed.

    Any 6DOF is an ambitious first project. So doing some research before getting in any deeper is time well spent.

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

    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/

    It is a good idea to post your design and parts list before ordering anything, to give members a chance to look it over and avoid any costly mistakes.

    Good luck with your project
  3. PeterW

    PeterW alias Wickie

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    Hi Acmet,
    Wellcome here at the Xsimmulator community!
    Nice that you like our work!
    Silent-chills actuators are a masterpiece of engineering and a he did a lot of good documention.
    I also like the actuators from peacemaker in combination with Thanos electronic. Setting up a 6DOF with a Thanos board seems to be less demanding - something that you should think about.
    Wickie
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021
  4. andres50

    andres50 simulador de vuelo (flight simulator 2020) Gold Contributor

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    where you have to sign up to appear on this map, I would like to know if there is more in my area. :thumbs
  5. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    You can add yourself to the map and see where other members are here: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/memberMap/

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  6. darkknight

    darkknight New Member Gold Contributor

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    I'm in London and this is my first foray into 4DOF after trying the Nordschleife in PC3 in the Porsche 919 I was hooked.
    The build is 2/3rds of the way through after starting in January so I hope to be racing by mid-Feb!.
  7. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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  8. Joel MINTON

    Joel MINTON New Member

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    Hey forum,

    Joel here from artis race labs , Lakeville, CT US. We've built several rigs [ricmotech, sim-lab] We're just finishing up a new build of a PT-actuator 4 actuator + double TL + surge. So far so good. Going to give simtools a try for iracing. I'm sure I'll be having some questions for the forum.
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  9. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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  10. PhillipChristmas

    PhillipChristmas New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hello everyone, been very occasionally reading the forum for a while and using simtools. sfx 100 for motion. Probably going to add traction loss someone and surge but who knows.

    Mostly play Iracing.

    In the states!
  11. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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  12. GerritSTI

    GerritSTI New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    i want to build a 3DOF simulator with an arduino and AC servo motors and hope to find the information I need in here
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  13. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    Welcome @GerritSTI.

    We are a pretty active and creative bunch around here, so you have come to the right place.

    You will find plenty of helpful information in the FAQs, in particular check out the SimTools, fundamentals of motion and the design sections: 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, ask any questions you have there and detail your project progress: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  14. Christian T Holmes

    Christian T Holmes New Member

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    Hi, I'm Christian from CT, US

    Please bear with me, I'll try to make this short as possible :)

    I am a pilot and huge racing fan. About 6 years ago I became disabled after a heart surgery and had 3 strokes. I can still get around fine, I just move a little slower, but I am largely recovered. I always had a good job and my wife, myself, and our English Bulldog Dodo live in a nice condo by the beach in Connecticut that we were fully able to pay off. Since my activites are somewhat limited (no more cycling, jet skiing, snowboarding, etc) I had gotten into VR to help with exercise (BoxVR is fantastic!). When I saw the DOFreality I drooled, I've always wanted a motion sim. So I bought one in December with my wife's blessing. Unfortunately it has not lived up to my expectations, but I think the problem is Sim Racing Studio, not the motion sim. I have a Valve Index, the motion tracking is setup and works fantastically (I think- my head still moves around in iRacing so I have to play with it more). However, I noticed the surge backward motion is incorrect. It pushes you forward, when it should surge backward. there is no way to make it pull you backward under braking. I said "It should surge backward while pitching down". I was told it can't even combine two motions. It the testing part of the software it can... so... What is the problem? I basically just found this out, and my stomach sank. So I'm kind of in a bummed out mood if you can't tell. I spent a LOT of money on this and I'd just like to have it work correctly. Can Sim Tools do this? I'm happy to buy a license, I just don't understand what I need. I have read through everything and I still don't know. I click on "Buy a license" and it takes me to a DIY free license, can't use with a purchased product, you need to buy a license, you need free plug-ins, or buy a subscription, or pay with coins... I have no idea how any of this works.

    Anyway, my bulldog just stole my glove and is sneaking off to chew it up somewhere. I hope to learn more. particulary, I'd love to learn the math required and how to drive the motion sim with custom software (plug-ins I guess).
  15. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    Welcome @Christian T Holmes.

    Best to start your own thread in the Commercial section, so all information ends up in one place: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/commercial-simulators-and-peripherie.52/

    The FAQs will also help, you can grab a copy of the SimTools manual and checkout the motion profile tuning tips, plus a whole lot more. SimTools motion can be set up anyway you want, as it is highly configurable.

    SimTools (motion software) and the Xsimulator.net (community, community developed motion plugins, DIY advice and ideas) are two separate entities: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/simtools-and-xsimulator-partnership-explained.275/

    You can get a SimTools Pro license via the SimTools site: https://simtools.us/licenses/

    Access to plugins is either via community activity coins or Xsimulator.net membership package: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/coins-and-how-to-download-plugins.2/

    So chase down Dodo, rescue your glove, grab a cuppa and then plonk yourself back down and share your rig and questions on your own thread.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2021
  16. Stefan4DOF

    Stefan4DOF New Member Gold Contributor

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    Hi everybody (as the cheap doctor from The Simpsons used to say)

    My name is Stefan

    I am from Denmark and have always been fascinated, by racing games, and after the first time i saw a moving simulator my future path was made.
    well that was many years ago, but it is never too late.
    i am thinking of a 4DOF system with something like 24 volt engines and an Arduino to control them.
    i hope i can get some inspiration here, and maybe give something back if i should be so lucky to reach that level.

    I have my brother in the project as well to boost the Arduino part.

    i have a simpel developer pc and will do some trials with small arduino engines to act with the game Live For Speed.
    As i understand that is the most simpel game to run on a small pc as my developer pc.

    hope to see you all soon

    Stefan
  17. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    Welcome @Stefan4DOF.

    Doing some research before getting in too deep is time well spent.

    You will find plenty of helpful information in the FAQs, in particular check out the SimTools, fundamentals of motion and the design sections, plus the Arduino section for the required code: 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, ask any questions you have there and detail your project progress: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  18. RandyT

    RandyT Enginerd

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    Hi all. Obligatory first post :)

    I've had a T500-RS setup mounted to a RaceRoom frame for a few years, on a homebuilt wooden base with casters so it could be moved around easily. Originally built it to sit in front of my projection screen, but eventually added a 50" TV, mounted a low profile subwoofer directly to the back of the seat, added surround speakers and finally, undercarriage lights.

    I've used it both in "pancake" and in VR and have been pretty happy with the frame and the modifications I have made to it, but now I have the bug to make it move. The base is pretty sturdy, but I'm not sure it will hold up to bouncing around for very long, so extrusions will likely be in my future, as much as I hate to start over.

    After doing tons of research, I decide that designing and building my own actuators for a 4 actuator system was within my skillset. I program microcontrollers, design and build circuit boards, am capable with solid modeling, own plenty of tools, including a 4x8 CNC router with a 5hp spindle, FDM and resin 3D printers, etc... I'm also a pretty good "seat of the pants" engineer, have completely rebuilt a Grizzly 660 4-wheeler which was ready for the scrap heap and have been making chicken salad out of chicken $#!^ most of my life, so coming up with my own take on DIY actuators seemed like it would be a fun diversion. It also appealed to my obsessively frugal nature and limited budget.

    I looked at commercial actuator schematics, the SFX-XXX designs, as well as some others on the YT, to get a feel for how they work, but the thought of running a 3D printer 24/7 for two weeks straight, in order to make the necessary parts, makes my brain turn inside out. I may be delusional, but my gut tells me I can come up with a good alternative to doing that. But I've been wrong before :) So far, my design is based on a 70mm tube, should have over 150mm of travel, is "push-pull" and a complete 4 actuator setup, with motors, drivers and controller, should come in at less than 2K worth of mostly off-the-shelf parts. But the proof will be in the pudding, as they say.

    Anyway, to make a short story longer, most of my parts have arrived and the journey has begun. With any luck, this won't be my only post here.
  19. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    Welcome @RandyT.

    You will find plenty of helpful information in the FAQs, in particular check out the SimTools, fundamentals of motion and the design sections, plus the Arduino section for the required code: 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, ask any questions you have there and detail your project progress: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    Good luck with your project.
  20. Joseph Ozaki

    Joseph Ozaki New Member

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    Motion platform
    Hello Most people call me Oz.

    I stumble across your forum from searching for the fx2 simulator. It seems someone asked about drivers for this machine.

    We have a working one at the muesum of pinball in banning California. It had a low pressure issue. We replaced the pump. This is more of a ride but i hope someday to add user interaction to this motion platform game.