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Question How/whats needed to start work?

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by ILOVECARZ95, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. ILOVECARZ95

    ILOVECARZ95 New Member

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    Hi All,


    Its me first post on here so bear with me, I am wondering if anyone knows what the best motion rig is to build and everything that I'll need so I can compile a shopping list and start picking parts off the list.

    Thank u all :)
  2. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    'Best' is a relative term, and depends on the criteria covering many things, such as budget, skills, parts availability and so on.

    Doing some research and planning is time well spent, and the community here can then help you out as you formulate your ideas about what you want to build and even where you can source parts from.

    Have a look at existing member builds, that may help you refine your own project: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/diy-motion-simulator-projects.22/

    You will find plenty to get you started in the FAQs, from design software, dimension of sims, to PSUs, pots, motors, JRKs, Arduinos and Motor Monsters and more: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    We have a glossary for all those acronyms we tend to use, which will help you decipher some descriptions: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    Good luck with your project.
  3. Psionic001

    Psionic001 New Member Gold Contributor

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    Assuming you’ve trawled the internet looking for cool rigs, what have you found that you like the concept of? And what sort of space do you have to build it? And then have a think about what your budget is, how much time you have, how skilled you are with tinkering and building, do you get bored after a while and will you loose interest, is this for cars or planes or something else, is it for VR ?

    Maybe make that your start point and come back here with some answers to the above and people might suggest a starting point.

    I jumped in too fast with grand ideas about huge fast motion for planes and cars using VR. I’ve now invested over $10k in my 6DoF linear actuator rig and it’s about 70% complete. LOL. But I’m very happy I have it and it will be a beast when complete.



  4. ILOVECARZ95

    ILOVECARZ95 New Member

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    Hi,


    Thank u both for your replys, I will certainly check out the links in the fist reply, as tot he the second reply, budget isn't really fixed, I may well get laughed out of town here but was thinking of getting bits in bits if u know what I mean, so here and there,every now and then get more components, like buy a few motors when I can, then buy the frame work when I can, to clear it up, this will be a rig purely for cars and its defo something I won't get bored of its something I've wanted since I first knew tech like this was possible, I suppose a really good question here would be is it cheaper to build ur own or buy one ready built, also @noorbeast is there places where I can find measurements and scamatics of other peoples rigs, space, I'll make available to have such a great thing at my disposale, for cars and racing and car simluations I'm what I suppose u could call a professional amateur and this would be the final piece aside VR headset that would really take is tot eh next level in a personal sense.
  5. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator SimTools 2.0 Beta Tester

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    DIY gives you more bang for your buck, but of course takes time in planning, building and configuring. But you do get exactly what you want, and if done right your rig will often outperform many commercial offerings.

    You can start cheap, as in $0, and work up from there. You will find plenty to get you started in the FAQs, from design software, dimension of sims, to PSUs, pots, motors, DIY actuators, control hardware options, plus heaps more, below is just a sample and will get you going: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    Start by downloading the demo version of SimTools, which comes with the fully functional plugin for Live For Speed, specifically for testing purposes: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/marketplace/motion-simulation-software-simtools.63/

    Download the demo version of LFS, make sure you run one race in it in first person mode, as that generates some required files: https://www.lfs.net/downloads

    Then download and configure @perdixero's virtual 2DOF simulator: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/

    You can the start learning how to configure SimTools: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/steps-to-create-a-motion-profile.228/

    After that research some design ideas, SimCalc will help you get your head around the basics of design Vs physics: https://www.xsimulator.net/communit...e-linear-speed-and-forces-of-your-design.270/

    Research design option via member projects, there are also some rig dimensions in the FAQs: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/cockpit-design-dimensions.116/

    If you want to you can build a working model of what you have in mind, and test it with SimTools + LFS: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/build-a-working-model-to-test-your-design-ideas.216/

    That should get you started, just remember that doing some research and planning is time well spent, and the community here can help you out as you formulate your ideas about what you want to build and even where you can source parts from.