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Showroom Budget Steel 6dof w/ MM (Now Sabertooth 2X60), Arduino, Chinese 12v Motors

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by CLEOPHUS, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. CLEOPHUS

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    Hi Everyone,

    I thought I would post my build. The idea was to create a budget 12v machine made from steel, using Monster Motos, Arduinos, and 12 Motors from China. I've never welded in my life, but I thought I could do this.

    Unfortunately, I don't have pretty schematics or plans - but I have used what I have learned from here to develop my own idea. Many thanks to others that have posted here and have influenced me. ( @SilentChill - largely borrowing from his design, @Pit for the MM diagrams, and everyone the keeps the FAQ up to date. )

    Here are the items I have purchased:

    12
    Monster Moto driver
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/191674295987
    $71 USD

    12
    Northbridge Coolers
    EBAY
    $60 USD

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    Arduino Uno R3
    MicroCenter
    $36 USD

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    M5 Set Screws (connect 2nd motor shaft to the flex coupler)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/141837930169
    $4 USD

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    Flexible Couplers - 5mm to 6.35mm (Connect set screw to Hall Sensor)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/331204345803
    $21 USD

    1
    Aurasound Bass shaker
    http://amzn.to/2bLltNi
    $50 USD

    1
    Lepy Bass Shaker Amplifier (68w)
    http://amzn.to/2c2csfx
    $25 USD

    1
    6 Port USB Hub
    http://amzn.to/2bXJknK
    $8 USD

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    12V - 350 Watt Dual Shaft motors. 50:1, 72RPM. 20mm keyed shaft with 5mm center hole
    https://dakemotor.en.alibaba.com/pr...2V24V_250W_worm_small_gear_reducer_motor.html
    $600 USD

    6
    HP 1000w server power supplies
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/111656748093
    $132 USD

    6
    1/2 Threaded Rods (24 inches long)
    https://www.zoro.com/value-brand-threaded-rod-carbon-steel-12-20x2-ft-u203600502400/i/G3453764
    $18 USD

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    1/2 Female Rod Ends
    https://www.zoro.com/qa1-female-stud-rod-end-rh-12-20-cfr8s/i/G5201393
    $70 USD

    1
    Lightweight Fiberglass Racing Seat
    https://thmotorsports.com/nrg-innovations/nrg-seats-frp-bucket/frp310/i-287094.aspx
    $190 USD

    3
    Rectangle Metal Tubing for Base - 2" x 4" x 1/4" - 84" long
    http://www.speedmetals.com/
    $96 USD

    6
    Square Metal Tubing for Top - 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" x 1/8" - 84" long
    http://www.speedmetals.com/
    $60 USD

    6
    Hall Sensors (180 Degree BI TECHNOLOGIES 6127V1A360L.5FS)
    https://www.arrow.com/en/products/6127v1a360l.5fs/bi-technologies
    $73 USD

    6
    20mm Ridgid Steel keyed Couplings
    https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/...ling-wkeyway-mrc20kw4h90-black-oxide-20mm-5pk
    $95 USD

    2
    1-inch Angle steel for motor mounts
    http://www.lowes.com/pd/The-Hillman-Group-6-ft-x-1-in-Hot-RolLED-Weldable-Steel-Solid-Angle/3059249
    $27 USD

    1
    1.5 inch Steel Flat Bar 1/4 inch thick X 4ft long (For lever arms)
    http://www.lowes.com/pd/The-Hillman...-RolLED-Weldable-Steel-Metal-Flat-Bar/3059235

    1
    1.5 Inch Angle Steel for Rod End Mount
    http://www.lowes.com/pd/The-Hillman...Hot-RolLED-Weldable-Steel-Solid-Angle/3059245
    $13 USD

    I decided to weld the unit together first and test fit to see how it felt.

    Base: (2" x 4" x 1/4" rectangle steel with wood furniture legs I had laying around for height)
    IMG_20160725_074418.jpg

    Top: 1 1/4" square tube (Sorry for the mess)
    IMG_20160802_074056.jpg

    Dry Fit:
    IMG_20160808_225421.jpg IMG_20160808_225436.jpg IMG_20160808_225447.jpg IMG_20160809_074404.jpg IMG_20160809_074418.jpg

    I'm currently working on wiring up the electronics and will post more progress soon. I will gladly post some specific dimensions if needed.

    More to come soon.

    UPDATE:

    Here are the videos posted later in the thread.



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  2. noorbeast

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    Very neat work indeed :thumbs

    Just a quick question, why are the levers mounted to the inside as it looks like there is a fair angle on the rod ends?
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    I'm not committed to them being mounted inside, but I will say that the angle does seem more dramatic in the photos. Also, the motors have not been calibrated so some of the levers are in a position they will never experience while working.
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    My Motion Simulator:
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    Nicely built:thumbs. From the photos I have some concerns, but maybe see how it pans out.
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    Glad I inspired someone else :D

    Just a couple of observations, however I maybe wrong :p

    I think you may have problems with the front 2 levers hitting the foot pedal frame. Probably need to move the frame a good 100mm inwards either side. Tried to show what I mean in pic below

    Screenshot_2016-09-04-20-46-13.jpg

    Also you may need to get the arms a bit further out from the levers else they might bind in the lower position of the axis and end up bending the arms.

    I learnt the hard way just trying to help :D

    look forward to seeing the build progress
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    Craig - I fear you're right, but still holding out hope. I'm just finishing what seems like miles and miles of wiring. It takes a tidy build to a complete mess quickly. I'm learning from my mistakes. Last night I couldn't figure out why 3 of my motors wouldn't operate properly with SMC Utils. I realized that all 3 were mounted in the same way/direction. Reversed polarity on them and they are operational now.

    Also, I have mounted the northbridge coolers on the Moto's and only 1 of 12 caught fire! Progress! haha

    After I swap that one out - I will post some updated pics.

    Cliff
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    During testing - I caught 4 more Monster Motos on fire due to PWM set too high. Unfortunately, I wont make much more progress until I have replacements.


    IMG_20160911_182757.jpg


    Bolted in the seat and added some wood.

    IMG_20160911_110312.jpg
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    looks very promising, almost done, hold it on mate! :)
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    one more thing: with the seat in the middle you will cover the electronics, so if something is going wrong with your MMs etc., then do you have to disassemble the seat?
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    My Motion Simulator:
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    congrats for the work being done so far!

    i'm concerned about rigidity of these brackets:
    .jpg

    It's great to have an "Evolution saw", the cuts are near to perfect :)
    It helps very much to weld more easily !

    Your first welding are bulky... probably too cold (not enough current) or too fast
    http://www.wcwelding.com/arc-welding-tips.html
    f2a9b98d4f70cea43440618fff13bcee.jpg

    try to cut some welding you made and have a look on penetration :) that's a good exercice
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    I can pretty much guarantee 99% nothing to do with PWM settings it's poor MM clones.
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    As I said - It was my first time welding, but they did improve as I went. I did cut a bunch of my practice welds to see penetration and they seemed plenty deep. I considered eliminating the brackets all together and just running the rod ens through the frame, but I couldn't easily find rod ends that were long enough.

    If I could recommend anything to someone looking to build with steel - the 10" Evolution saw is amazing. I cut 1/4" steel 2x4's for the base just as fast as I would cut a wood 2x4 with my dewalt saw. Out performs my dewalt saw I spent 3x more $ on.

    Cliff
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    Craig - Did you keep using the Chinese MM from ebay or did you order the DX.com or actual sparkfun versions for your sim?
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    I have bought from Ebay, AliExpress and from Amazon. All hit and miss
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    So - some news. You were exactly right Craig. Check it out:

    IMG_20161027_225327.jpg

    IMG_20161027_225337.jpg

    After bending several threaded rods, I came to the realization that you were right and made the modifications. Much better now (still need to replace a rod or two)

    Reversed the levers for stability, added struts, etc. Should do full testing this weekend.

    Cliff
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    looks good cant wait to see a video. your almost there. if your rods keep bending you can slip some tubing over them.
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    They were bending because they were hitting the metal before I modified it. Anytime there was yaw or sway involved - bad noises resulted.
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    Glad I'm of some use to someone :p

    Cool to see a video once you have it going properly
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    nicely done and your painting is great! I like the finish :)

    can't wait to see the video :popcorn
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