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Complete Noob with some 6 DOF rig questions

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by Moe Colontonio, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Moe Colontonio

    Moe Colontonio New Member Gold Contributor

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    I'm not sure this is the correct forum, so please forgive me if it isn't. I currently own a Prosimu 3 dof that I've made some mods to accommodate my personal preferences, mostly converting the frame to aluminum and such. For a few years I've been kicking around the idea of building a 6 dof, but was always put off by the software complexities. The fabrication end is a cake walk for me, but the software and controllers may as well be a moon launch. I've decided to collaborate with a couple of very smart friends, I build the rigs (3x) and they handle the software and motor controllers. Between us we have available a mill, lathe, TIG welder, high end 3d printer, one fabricator and 2 experienced software engineers. 2 of us are DCS nuts, the 3rd is an iRacing guy.

    We are US based, East Coast.

    I see now it seems that a lot of guys are using these screw type actuators over motor/arm setups. What's the advantage here? The screw jacks seem more complicated to me?

    Are these rigs 110v or 220v?

    TIA
    Maurice Colontonio
    Cherry Hill, NJ USA
  2. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    The recent spate of 6DOF DIY linear actuators are actually DC rather than AC powered: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/diy-linear-actuators.309/

    The advantages of a linear actuator are high mechanical efficiency compared to wormgears, little backlash and of course they are linear, with the DC powered actuators also being pretty powerful and cost effective compared to commercial offerings.