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Custom Bluetooth Rim using 3d parts

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by scalhoun, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. scalhoun

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    Goal: Build nice & cheap wireless wheel to mount to my future OSW build or any other wheel. I'll be using my Thrustmaster TX until my OSW parts arrive.


    Here are some teaser pics until I get this thread updated:
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    More pics and videos and parts list coming soon, I'm waiting on my carbon fiber wrap to arrive Monday to finish this up. Decided $5 bucks would be well worth the look :)

    Video action on the paddle shifter:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/x3cpzd4j3fbpdrk/2015-11-05 22.10.47.mov?dl=0
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    Very nice!

    How is the communication made: do you use a Bluetooth dongle on your PC USB port?
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    Yep, Any Bluetooth after 2008 I think works. its a adafruit ez-key Bluetooth board.
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    I've been enjoying a little to much scotch and beer so I just went for it.

    It's prototype and I've already got revisions but here is what we have until the carbon fiber wrap and cover for front screws is done printing. I'm sure more revisions after I do some testing tomorrow.

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    Beautiful work @scalhoun, I am looking forward to a video of your new wheel in action!
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    @scalhoun nice work .i really like the ideas people have here in this forum very creative. thanks for sharing.
    just one question where did you find this part?
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    That is wheelie awesome job there amazing results.
    Go treat yourself to a pukka quick release for it.
    I'm liking the idea of the blutooth ez key now for my dash and other things if i ever get time free.
    Is there any delay at all from going that way, I've always been a beleiver wires are always the way to go.
    Love it ;-)
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    Nice I'll order some of those. I used the connector on the paddle shifters so I could keep making tweaks without much hassle.

    I got to use the wheel last night and it felt awesome, the rim itself was only like $35-39 shipped and it I'm very impressed with it, feels a lot like the BMW Fanatec Rim but lighter. I wasn't sure what to expect but very happy with it.

    I did a side by side with my other shifters and after I stacked 4 magnets it felt perfect. I might play around with magnets and a spring in next revision.

    I've been really impressed with the strength of materials when 3d printing when using right thickness and 100% infill. The first plate was 6mm thick and would not bend at all. It was too thick for my buttons though. :) noob mistake, but I could drill them out a bit and make it work.
    Anyways it made me start designing a f1 rim counterpart that will be fully printed.

    N0w to design a bracket that will hold a phone on the wheel as well to see how that works.
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    I'm the same way, entire house is wired with cat5, and I normally go usb. On paper there is a delay, real world usage I can't detect one. The second I shift it's immediate, Ive been trying to find a delay but so far I can't.
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    Prototyping the phone holder. Can't wait to hook this girl up :)

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    I so envy your printer...so many possibilities!
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    Best $250 I ever spent.
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    Slightly off topic but can you detail what 3D printer you got for $250?
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    A freaking sweet one haha...

    https://www.3dprintersonlinestore.com/diy-kit/electron-3d-prusa-i3-kit

    Share the link via their site to get $5 credit. I got that model with no upgrades (that's where they make the money). @rundmg ordered the same model before me with auto bed leveling upgrade and the bigger bed, which was like an extra $110-120. You can do the sensor yourself for $4-6 bucks, but it takes a little bit of tweaking and one 3d printed part.

    As for the bed, I have yet to use the full space on the regular size one and if you want a bigger bed the only thing they ship you is a bigger plate so it can be purchased later if needed. The rods they ship are the same on both models, @rundmg was jacked at me that he spent the extra money to figure this out haha.

    If anyone goes this route just let me know, I can link you the bed leveling sensor to buy online and help with putting it together and other tips and tricks. Takes like 4-6 hours to assemble.

    @rundmg and I could possibly do a thread on the printer, with links to videos to watch and tips and tricks getting started with this model if you guys would be interested in it.
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    I'd be all over a 3D printer thread... it's one of those technologies I've not quite got my head around yet, having never actually seen or used one, so any assistance would be great!

    I said the same thing when I joined this forum about Motion Sims - It was a dark art to me. :D
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