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JADs 6dof with ballscrews

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by JAD, Feb 25, 2018.

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    In the interest of sharing.
    Here are the Fusion360 and stl files for the vive controller mount.

    With the Fusion360 file, there is a scale applied in the timeline you may want try some other value depending on your material and printer.
    I had +2% and I needed to add a few layer of tape on the controller to make it slug.
    I printed this in PLA at 100% infill.
    IMG_20190907_160334.jpg

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    I was in need of a easy way to connect to the 3x kangaroos on the PC, send commands, then close the ports.
    All this was needed independent from Simtools.
    Actions such as start, home, park in lowest position, lift to ready position for simtools to take over, and powerdown were required.

    I was finding it tedious using some terminal programs where I needed to click many times to open the ports, type or send commands individually, remember to close ports etc.
    Some of these apps came close but there was just one extra step or shortcoming that prevented it from being a one click exercise.

    After many hours of trials I found FoxTerm worked out well.
    You can set up multiple file shortcuts to the .exe with command line parameters that point to setup files that do all the multiple com connections, broadcast the data, close connections and quit the program.
    Each file shortcut is a single action or a combination of actions.

    files.png

    The next step is to get a push button on a game controller to launch these files.
    Theres plenty of spare buttons on the Simucube I could use for this.

    Does anyone know of a program thats always running in the background that could do this?
    Im struggling to find something like this on the web.
    Im not a programmer so I was hoping to find something purpose built ready to go.
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    Actually, the perfect place for those action shortcuts is in the quicklinks tab on simtools.
    When a game is not running, 1 click of those quick links is all it takes.