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Question What are potentiometers and motor shield

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by Jakob Carron, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. Jakob Carron

    Jakob Carron New Member

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    Hi I am making a 2dof motion simulator. I am not completely sure about what potentiometers and motor shields are needed for or how many I need. Any advice and insight it appreciated. Thank you
  2. getti

    getti Currently building my first 2dof seat mover...

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    I recommend you head over to the FAQ section and start reading. You'll find that most of your questions will be answered.

    I'm assuming your talking Arduino setup.

    For a 2dof you will need:

    2 - 10k linear potentiometer used for position sensing so that simtools can know the position of your motor.

    1 - motor shield (something like monster moto shield can run 2 motors)

    Hope that helps.
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  3. noorbeast

    noorbeast VR - The Next Generation Staff Member Moderator

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    A bit of research planning is time well spent, and the community here can help you out as you formulate your ideas about what you want to build.

    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/

    As @getti pointed out ou 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, like pots, which will help you decipher some descriptions: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/glossary-of-acronyms-and-names.66/

    Good luck with your project.
  4. Jakob Carron

    Jakob Carron New Member

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    Thank you that answered most of my questions