I'm now ready to start building my simulator, I've been here nearly every day for a year and after reading so much and buying in parts then reading and learning some more then eventually finding out the parts are useless for my intended needs and coming accross new parts that offered more accurate solutions for the accuracy I aim to acheive. I have finally decided on the components I will use to run the hardware of my simulator. My research has been very exhaustive and I wanted to start building as soon as possible but couldn' commit until I was positive each component was correct so I could start seeing something for my efforts, after many dead ends I have finally settled on a very mature configuration and this is it now, I'm finally here and ready, I want my piece of motion sim action.
I am start to build a simulator that will be cost effective, offer sufficient and substantial power, control and accuracte movements. Better still this simulator will be modify to 6 DoF further down the line.
My Components :
1 x Arduino Mega 2560 with an Uno in standby for dashboard related stuff eventually
2 x Sabertooth 2x25 V2s plenty of driving power
4 x 24v pride mobility motors which I anticipate to be around 300 watts each, any way I can test them? theres no manufacture details other than 4-4.5mph available but they look stronger and are bigger than some other fracmo 24v 11 amp units which are rated at 276watts.
Power supply will be batteries 2x12v at 24v for each sabertooth unless I find a better solution.
Due to the 4 motor configuration I intend to make I will have to program some sort of spider pluging to position each motor, they will be driven by a sophisticated PID algorythm tuned for my simulators needs and adjustable to riders weight.
Because of the complexity of this project I have built a model simulator to perfect my development on before building the actual simulator.
So here is my mounted Top Gear Stig skid car simulator model and my intended configuration development platform.
I have no questions yet as I am still putting a few things together like feeback pots on the model and working on some device communication code.
I Hope you all find my project intresting and assist me in my development as I have enjoyed following others altho I my not of been able to help much I certainly did try anyway I could