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Senior Capstone Project - VR Motion Simulator

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by Garrick H. Woods, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. Garrick H. Woods

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    This is my first experience with motion simulators, but I'm diving right in. I am planning on using an arduino, and using it to simulate a roller coaster in No Limits 2. It's 2 DOF simulator but I may change it later on down the road.

    The machine is my original design. I am just starting on the build and have cut out and welded the base. I designed it so that it can be taken apart easily and transported. The universal joint is removable from the base, allowing the seat to be removed and the legs to be stored on the inside of the main column. The feet are height adjustable with a range of 1.5 inches to level the simulator in most circumstances.

    I am still unsure of the motors I will use. I am leaning toward electric mobility scooter, DC 12-24v motors, but am open to suggestions from people who have more experience. I will continue updating the thread as I go along building and testing this simulator. My due date is at the end of April, 2020.

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    Seems to be a neat design for being easily transportable, I look forward to following your updates.
  6. Garrick H. Woods

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    Thanks for looking at it! you obviously have a lot of experience with simulators on this site. do you have a recommendation on what motors are strong enough to use on the simulator? I have seen a lot of projects that use truck wipers or mobility scooter motors.
    Thanks!
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    Just ordered some motors with gear boxes from a wheelchair. working on getting a solid plan for what motor controllers to use with my Arduino.
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    Are the motors 12 or 24V?
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    They're a range of 12-24vdc
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  12. Garrick H. Woods

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    I think it worth it, as often many of us end up recycling our parts as our experience and rigs evolve, but it depends how tight your budget is.
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    I'm having a hard time in FAQ's and DIY forums finding how to connect my motor shaft to the offset arm (not sure what to call it) for my motors. Have you seen any good examples for this type of shaft, or what keywords should I use while searching?
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    That is a keyway shaft and while it is slightly different to mine in design you could try and find the correct size mild steel coupling and weld the lever to it, drilling a hole through the lever into the coupling for the threaded shaft to go through, then use a lock nut to secure it: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/how-to-attach-levers-to-wormdrive-gearboxes.182/
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    Thanks so much! that's exactly what I needed to see
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