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Seattime's Sims

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by SeatTime, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. SeatTime

    SeatTime Well-Known Member

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    My Motion Simulator:
    AC motor, Arduino, Motion platform, 6DOF
    Finally able to shell out for Thanos's AMC-AASD15A servo controller and it has been worth the wait. Super configurable and basically plug and play with off the shelf DB25 straight/Male cables. Has made setting up and maintaining the rig a breeze. I actually use AASD30A drivers and 1.8KW AC servos, but the only change required was changing 'linear' actuator direction to 'Foldback' to be compatible with my setup. Highly recommended. Also have the 'Bajer' traffic light unit in transit.

    Currently just sitting on top of my driver enclosure, but will mount in the enclosure when the Bajer unit arrives.
    Thanos.jpg

    When I turn on the servos the rig now automatically calibrates with the bottom end stops and parks were you want (near the bottom in my case to allow easy entry/exit - big tick from Wife/Friends).
    Thanos2.jpg
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  2. TBH10Coy

    TBH10Coy New Member Gold Contributor

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    My Motion Simulator:
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    Hi Seattime- awesome rig. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery- well- I'm planning to try and build something similar to your big heave frame- and wondered if you could kindly elaborate on a couple of points for me in your design.
    1. What informed your motor choice? I've got the AASD15A 750W motors in an SFX 100 rig I built last year- and assume these are too weedy to move around your frame at the speeds you desire? I've got the Thanos controller already- so hopefully I can use the beefier motors with it as per your comment above. Do you think there is much difference between the motors on AliExpress or do you feel they are all much of a muchness?
    2. Did you do any thinking on the load rating of the linear guide rails on the moving part of the frame? I'm nervous of buying the wrong spec and the bearings seizing up due to bending...
    3. Might you be willing to share the designs/ parts list of your vertical actuators? You mentioned they were a pain to fabricate- is there anything you would do differently if you were doing things again?

    I've got a decent enough workshop and a welding machine- I just need to bite the bullet and start ordering things...
  3. SeatTime

    SeatTime Well-Known Member

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    My Motion Simulator:
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    Motor choice? They were available locally at a good price and went for the 1.8kw to give me the headroom to try different things like higher speed screws. Would like to try even faster screws, but the next size up is 2020, which may require some design changes, so I have not worried about it.

    Linear guild rails https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/253478741540
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  4. SeatTime

    SeatTime Well-Known Member

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    My Motion Simulator:
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    Unless you have a high requirement for easy access like myself, I would just purchase two more 750W motors and build a 6 DOF stewart platform with 650mm and 10mm pitch screws. So much more easier/simpler to build and it is very stable out of the box. Having built both, my current sim was a pain to build and I would not recommend it to most, but it was worth it for me.
  5. SeatTime

    SeatTime Well-Known Member

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    My Motion Simulator:
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    After struggling for quite some time if I was going to sell my PIMAX 8KX as it was just not working for me with my IPD, decided to bite the bullet and sort out the IPD issues that I have always had with the PIMAX headsets. Removed the lense holders (not a simple job)and modified everything to enable a smaller IPD and better nose clearance.

    Pimax 8KX IPD fix2.jpg
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    Pimax 8KX IPD fix5.jpg
    Pimax 8KX IPD fix.jpg

    Not something that I would recommend for anyone who has not had allot of experience in repairing this type of equipment, but more to show that it can be done and it has stopped all the eye strain with both eyes now in proper alignment with the optical center of the lenses and therefore in focus at the same time. The PIMAX 8KX now feels like a new headset with everything improved . I don't know why PIMAX does not design the headset like this in the first place as I don't think my IPD is really that special???? Unfortunately it went back together so easily that I forgot to take more photos.

    All back together and working like never before :).

    Pimax 8KX IPD fix6.jpg
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    Last edited: Sep 27, 2021