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Showroom Entry Level DIY HOTAS kits

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by Jake from RealRobots, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. Jake from RealRobots

    Jake from RealRobots New Member

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    Hi, looking around for communities that might be interested in these kits and lessons I've put together, I teach kids coding, electronics and general science in Hong Kong and these will be the first kits I've made generally available. These would be doable by older kids but are targeted at anyone who wants to learn.

    All the files for one of the stick and gimbal combinations are available at Thingiverse now. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4732811

    So far I've designed my own gimbal, have a few different bases with different buttons and knob options, same with sticks. I've done a throttle and some button boxes. The design is notably non-realistic and chunky, this is to provide flat surfaces and internal areas for people to drill and cut and modify.



    The idea is to make reasonably simple kits for people to make reasonably cool stuff and learn how to go on to do more on their own.

    These kits use mostly easy to get hold of stuff, 3d printed plastic, basic potentiometers and momentary switches and they work off Arduino Pro Micros. I've got lessons to teach people how to program them themselves and also drop in firmware and a configurator app.

    The idea is to make the kits available with all the parts for people to make themselves, but also offer just the instructions and files, or just the electronics without the plastic for those with their own printers. Basically want to make it as open and with as many options as possible.

    Anyway, just finding this community now and you guys are doing some much more advanced stuff than me, looking forward to chatting with you guys about how I can improve these kits and do more advanced stuff in the future.
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  3. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    Great to cross paths again. We have a pretty diverse range of creative and innovative members here, who are experimenting with all manner of 3D printed peripherals, with yours being a great addition :thumbs
  4. Jake from RealRobots

    Jake from RealRobots New Member

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    Oh hey, small world.

    Yeah I can't believe I didn't know about this forum before, some of the stuff the guys are doing here is nuts.
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  5. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR Tassie Devil Staff Member Moderator Race Director

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    I should have mentioned Xsimulator when commenting on your work on Reddit, I usually do for related stuff.