SteveS

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  1. Last year someone else asked for F1 sim rig plans, so I developed this concept for fun because I enjoy woodworking and design challenges. The sim racer who asked wanted to build a sim rig with very basic woodworking tools from a sheet of MDF & some construction grade timber. The second design constraint was the sim rig needed to be easy to get in and out and cheap to produce. I always meant to post just in case it inspired someone else. This week I noticed two people looking this week. The wheel deck is slotted for adjustment back and forth. Tools required, Jigsaw, cut off saw & router. I used the F1 cut away drawing to get the correct ergonomics. I can give you full scale drawing plans and happy to make adjustment if someone wants to build this very simple F1 rig.
  2. I'm interested how many sim racers visit this forum from Ontario, Canada? Please introduce yourself... I would like to help a young Canadian with some hardware.
  3. I recently purchased a Fanatec Podium DD1 which arrived yesterday. The On/Off switch is hard to access which caused me to start looking for a wiring diagram. Thank fully CNCKART has posted a great video I would like to share his link because I cannot be the only person who does not want to pay Fanatec price for a simple few switches. https://youtu.be/mKreGB2jyIQ My current "personal" project is to create my own version using carbon fibre plates and if other sim racers are interest we will be offering DIY kits or ready to race button boxes. OSR Dash DIY Kit It's been a very long time since I have posted here, please forgive me, I have experienced serious health issues combined with OSR focus.
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    Hi Ajr, Thank you for highlighting this human error! I have changed the price back to $3 CDN cup of coffee.
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    Sent.... Given the high demand for these plans, I would like to ask for a small donation going forward. http://opensimrigs.com/collections/plans/products/super-sport-formula-wood If you honestly cannot afford a small donation because your at school, then I will continue to send them for free. In the last year alone I have sent over 250 copies of the plans for free, but seen less than 3 rigs built & posted. What is it about this design which makes it so appealing? I would like to improve the design...
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    My DIY Wind Simulator

    Hi Avenga Send me a sketch and sizes of what you need, I'm happy to contribute some time for your awesome rig! I can quickly 3D model what you need... Steve
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    My DIY Wind Simulator

    Simply awesome!
  8. Thought of the day... i wrote a tutorial about tapping 8020 yourself as a way to save money...
  9. Another thought of the day... Standard hardware Vs custom hardware. Custom may not be more expensive and looks better because 8020.net has such a high mark up. OpenSimRigs custom plates are competitively priced even though we are making small very quantities at the moment. For example lets look at two ways to design a complex wheel assembly cross brace The first example below shows 6 standard pivot joints costing $124.50 in 15 series from 8020.net. Now compare that with 2 stainless steel custom plates costing $80 & 4 pivots no arms $8.13 total $113.50. That is a cost saving of $11.00 by using custom hardware, and in my opinion the design looks nicer and will be much stronger and more rigid. Custom plate materials. Aluminium is the up industry standard available typically 1/8" thick. But you can consider brushed stainless steel in 14 gauge thickness, because it's stiffer, it laser cute to perfection, the edge is polished after cutting and looks really awesome. We have all seen how brushed stainless is used in high end kitchen appliances. 14 gauge is about 4 or 5 times thicker! Custom parts can also be cut from mild steel to save a little and if you want to apply some colour to you rig. Mild steel parts can be easily sprayed at home or taken to local a powder coating specialist.
  10. Really great info Lorimer I really like using 25 series, but it is one of those were size really matters when it comes to buying cheap accessories because the slot size fits M6 or 1/4" bolts and the T-nuts are 10mm. There is nothing worse than buying 500 cheap T-Nuts from China, only to find your nuts are too big to go into the nice polished slot . Every good extrusion retailer of provides detailed section drawings, so double check you slot widths before ordering... Motedis in France is very popular http://www.motedis.com/shop/ Minsumi in the USA is a good alternative to 8020.com http://us.misumi-ec.com/vona2/result/?Keyword=Extrusion eBay off cuts http://stores.ebay.com/8020-Inc-Garage-Sale McMaster in the USA is another great supplier. http://www.mcmaster.com/#80-20-compatible-t-slotted-framing/=11g5rsy If you are looking for small section extrusion for accessories, then OpenBuilds.com offers some great extrusion and gussets. http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot/ http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_4?url=search-alias%3Dindustrial&field-keywords=8020+aluminum+extrusion&sprefix=8020+aluminum+extrusion%2Cindustrial%2C159 Extrusion Profile Section is important The other thing about size matters, is the section of extrusion often it comes in light weight VS standard weight, so what looks like a really good deal sometimes can be a very thin wall section extrusion. This does not need to be a bad thing, but you need to consider where it is being used and how much stress it's under. In sim rigs we don't really put much stress on monitor arms, shifters mount, wheel mounts, but seat mounting frames often take the most stress. If you sim rig is suspended on casters then profile size is very important!
  11. Thank you Mark. Seb's Momo Mod 27 290mm finally arrived, after being on back order for 6 months. These are a really nice small rims for open wheel cars.
  12. Thank guys, I cannot wait to be well enough again!!! I do appreciate Mayaman's extreme patience! CAD work is about all I can do at the moment. Yesterday I visited the leading Canadain specialist, so finger crossed he can find to a solution 9-month long issue... I miss making real projects, but happy to help out in a small way!!! I have to apologise to Seb for the worst welds in my career! Welding even a simple project with your head spinning is truly hard!!!
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    I have not seen a finished version yet, UNKLE... I have sent the drawings to 30+ sim racers and just asked them to post me images of the progress or finished results. A few have shown work in progress... http://www.isrtv.com/forums/topic/19158-simple-mdf-f1-rig-build/
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    Hi RexUK Send me your email address and I will send you the drawings. [email protected]
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    Hi, send me your email address Steve [email protected]
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    Drawings sent Prim4te Scale drawings are free, just send me an email. Note the drawings are good enough to get you started but don't offer full construction detailing. I have also redesigned wheel stand so it rotates to make getting in easier.
  17. I will be stocking these circuits in the future, in the mean time they can be purchased directly [email protected] The circuit has been designed and tested to provide exactly the same signals as the TX wheel, which is fully compatible with all Thrustmaster base solutions. We believe it is fully compatible to consoles, Darin has offered to test because he owns these consoles. You have made a great start with the build, I found every button plate I have built I get a little better! Good luck DIY is fun!
  18. Custom Thrustmaster TX replacement circuits are also now available. The circuit is very small at 50mm & 35mm, Available for $55 and comes with vertical or horizontal pins. http://www.isrtv.com/forums/topic/18878-thrustmaster-compatable-button-circuits-available/ It's really great to see two solutions available for this very popular platform.
  19. It's funny listening to the debates about stepper motors VS servo motors. In the world of CNC machining steppers motors have been used for years, but the industry trend is away from stepper motors to Servo motors. In our world of sim racing I don't think it makes a difference IF you have good software to control the stepper motor resolution. When you pay more for servo motors then you are buying more accuracy and quality in the motor. I think the accuforce uses a stepper motor because it comes in at "right" price point in the sim world. Servo motors are typical double or triple the price of a stepper. Accuracy Since the encoder on a servo motor determines the motor resolution servos have a wide range of resolutions available. Stepper motors usually have 1.8 or 0.9 degree resolution. However thanks to micro-stepping steppers can obtain higher resolutions. This is up to the software driver and not the motor. Servos offer superior resolution compared to steppers (typically 8000counts/rev vs. 2000microsteps/rev) Servos offer 100% guaranteed accuracy. Stepper motors cannot at any time guarantee their position Costs The cost for a servo motor and servo motor system is higher than that of a stepper motor system with equal power rating. This feature would have to go to stepper motors. Steppers are generally cheaper than servo motors that have the same power rating. High speed High Torque Servo motors maintain their rated torque to about 90% of their no load RPM. Stepper motors lose up to 80% of their maximum torque at 90% of their maximum RPM. Motor Life The brushes on servo motors must be replaced every 2000 hours of operation. Also encoders may need replacing. The bearing on stepper motors are the only wearing parts. That gives stepper motors a slight edge on life. Torque to Inertia Ratio Stepper motors are also capable of accelerating loads but not as well as servo motors. Stepper motors may stall and skip steps if the motor is not powerful enough. Servo motors are very capable of accelerating loads. Servos produce more torque at any speed than comparable stepper motors. This can be up to 400% more torque for equally rated motors Noise Servo motors produce very little noise. Stepper motors produce a slight hum due to the control process. However a high quality driver will decrease the noise level. Motor Simplicity Servo motors are more mechanically complex due to their internal parts and the external encoders. Stepper motors are very simple in design with no designed consumable parts. Power Consumption Servos only consume the amount of power they need to reach their commanded position, and no power at all when on target. Stepper motors use the same amount of power all the time, even when at rest.
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    I had a bit of fun today, and worked on another F1 concept, made from flat sheet material. The wheel plate area lifts so it's easy to get in and out.
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    Hi Mark, thank you. I always viewed this design as a good place to get started. Funny I was thinking it would be nice if the wheel base moved away from you, so it was easier to get in & out! Let me think more about your idea....
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    @Slinky, Send me email [email protected], I will send you full scale PDF or DWG file. Then you need to find a local company who has a large format printer.
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    Hi Stone, I knew you were kidding. I think this design has lots of potential for something cool. Add some nice upholstery padding, then add some side panels to give it a cool shape. I hope this provides sim racers with inspiration to build something cool, then my effort was worth it. F1Fanatic21 provided some dimensions last night, so I made a few small adjustments. Full-scale plans are complete, but please be aware I have not built one, so builders may need modify for comfort. I used the F1 real car cross section and Henry Dreyfuss ergonomic model data, so the design should be pretty close. I took one liberty to make the seat easier to enter & exit, by reducing the slope of the calf area.
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    F1 Sim Rig Plans - Simple construction

    Thank you Stone. Sorry I was not holding back just forgot to post... I searched the forum tonight and could not find it! I always wanted to build one for a local sim racer, and do a full build thread. It's not super stylish like the hyperstim but a lot better looking than some sim rigs, plus it has integrated seat to keep the cost low. When I get some time I will make plans for my own version of the hyperstim!
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    Thrustmaster TX motor spec/ upgrade?

    Hi Tino, Sorry I have not seen any motor upgrades on the TX just posts with fan changes.