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Zee Sim Rig

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Zeeflyboy, 15 Jul 2020.

  1. john_smith

    Gangster

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    Let me know when you're selling wheels. I'll buy one if you price reasonably :)
     
  2. Zeeflyboy

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    Hah, reasonable is subjective!

    It's always been a problem with this sort of stuff - if you are going to mass produce something it's pretty easy to get things down to a good price and a good margin. Making small batches or one offs is comparatively very time consuming, and of course time is one of the most valuable commodities of all!

    For example it's why this base rig itself just isn't viable really as anything other than an endeavour of love, if I assigned even a measly £15 an hour for my time which is ridiculously low it would price itself out of the market. People in general aren't willing to pay for the time required, a problem my friend that makes bespoke furniture encounters regularly - many can't seem to understand why a bespoke wardrobe made by an artisan (him, I'm not referring to myself as an artisan lol) costs more than the one they can get down Ikea with a side of meatballs.

    Anyhoo, Mostly finished the design now including quick connect and charging port on the rear - I welcome any feedback before it progresses to full realisation!

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  3. sigma

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    Fantastic work here. A showcase of talent, design, execution and perseverance.
     
  4. john_smith

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    Oh I hear you. What you're producing would cost thousands to make. I'm sully aware. It all looks exceptional.
     
  5. Zeeflyboy

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    So I wanted to do a few tweaks to the design which annoyingly meant another 17hr+ print!

    I laser cut some faceplates for prototyping, actually quite like the wood look lol

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    New on left, old on right. You can see where the BlueHID control board sits.

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    Prototype faceplates (want to make sure positions are all good before committing to CF plate)

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    Also made some good progress on the magnetic shifters, but just waiting for a couple of parts so will show those in a couple of days
     
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  6. Zeeflyboy

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    Got delivery of some bits today!

    Some nice switches and encoders:

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    Printed some button guards and fitted to test the ergonomics... pretty happy so will probably make the proper faceplate soon.

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    Also did a render of the final version so I have a visual target!

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    The parts I was waiting for for the shifters arrived too. Very happy with it for a v1 and probably not too much to change.... The big screw at the back is the adjustable end stop but will be replaced with a grub screw when they arrive so won't be visible. Satisfying to use!

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    Also as a fun diversion (because I don't have enough to be getting on with lol), I made my boy a mini compound bow on the 3d printer... it's actually a little beast and I think i'm going to win irresponsible father of the year award.
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  7. V F

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    Those are amazing pedals!
     
  8. Zeeflyboy

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    Thanks :)

    So first things first, after handling the prototype I made a few changes to the knobs, making them slightly larger and easier to use. Here's the render with the new parts

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    Managed to get a bit of work done today. Firstl I made a battery holder mount for the BlueHID board:

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    Filling and smoothing the 3d prints is a bit time consuming but does make for a much nicer end product

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    Cut the CF plates:

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    I also remade the shifter side frames in CF:

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    So here's where it is at for now, still needs some clean up (and need some black screws!) :

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  9. DD_Crash

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    Very impressive, really looks the business.
     
  10. Zeeflyboy

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    Thanks!

    Just wanted to show off the finish after a rub down and wax, I think this probably ranks among my best rattle can paint jobs to date so I’m chuffed with that.

    A lot of work though with sanding, filler, sanding, filler primer, sanding, primer, top coat, laquer!

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    In other news, I just recently took delivery of a thanos motion controller... seat belt tensioner will follow and later when I have some cash to burn the thanos will expand to give me full motion support. Exciting times!
     
  11. Zeeflyboy

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    Wheel is basically done, all wired up and working too.

    There are a couple of things that still need work - not entirely happy with the button surrounds so will remake those and also need to sort the hat switch surround, but good enough for now!

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    Old wheel vs new wheel:

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    Next up will be working on the new belt tensioner system!
     
  12. john_smith

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    It's beautiful, a work of art.
     
  13. V F

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    Hilarious how your wheel makes Thrustmaster's look like a toy. Crazy the work that has went into it. Amazing. Bet it feels awesome as well.
     
  14. Zeeflyboy

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    Thanks chaps

    Yeah very happy with how it came out, now I just need a direct drive base to mate it with lol. I do have an adaptor I printed out to fit it to the thrust master base, but keen for an upgrade at some point.

    The magnetic shifters are a revelation compared to the mushy spring shifters on the Thrustmaster, one of those things where you don’t really realise what you are missing until you try something better.
     
  15. Spils

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    Thred as blown my mind. Amazing work.
     
  16. Mr_Sukebe

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    Don’t know how I missed this thread before. Some awesome work!
    Thanks for sharing, very inspirational
     
  17. Zeeflyboy

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    Thanks, very kind as ever!

    With my Thanos and first 80ST servo motor arriving recently I have been scratching the old noodle about how to build a compact belt tensioner system using such a chunky motor.... this is what I've come up with. Let me know what you guys think! It incorporates a 7:1 planetary gearbox I designed, which should give a slightly scary amount of strangling power when pulling the harness. To prevent untimely demise from an autoerotic asphyxiation incident, I’ve built in some mechanical end stops in the form of those steel rods which prevents the system from being able to tighten past the ~50mm of total travel if anything goes doolally.

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  18. Zeeflyboy

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    So finished the design for the belt tensioner with a few tweaks, I've also made a few little modifications with a view to being able to add acceleration surge in later using the same unit with either a mechanical or hydraulic pad in the back of the seat to apply pressure to the back when accelerating.

    Here is a semi-translucent view so you can see the inner workings of the integrated planetary gearbox:

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    And here are the parts so far:

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    I've also made a few other parts but waiting fort some things to arrive in the post before I can assemble.


    In other news I've also designed a piggyback damper system for the clutch pedal to give a more hydraulic feel to the motion, helps stop it springing back too fast

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