Home Built Sim Racing Cockpit 2011

This sim racing cockpit is based on the design need to fit drivers from less than 4' tall to drivers over 6' tall. I call it a Simulator Sled because it can be used as a flight simulator cockpit or a driving cockpit. Update: Please refer to Anatomy of a Driving Simulator for details about the design and for the location of the free blueprints. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXtNqEFeLmk The concept designs were constructed with Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Inventor was used to produce the detailed blueprints for the actual build. Using a home workshop, a mini-mill and mini-lathe, I manufactured all of the parts needed from structural steel and 6061 aluminum. I painted the base unit with an oil based paint and top coated it with an automotive clear coat. All metal parts received a typical automotive paint job. The entire inner area of the box is lined with trunkliner carpet. The sled uses a Dayton Audio SA70 70 watt amplifier driving four Dayton TT25-16 Puck Tactile Mini Bass Shaker transducers. Total build time was approximately 12 weeks working primarily on the weekends with a total labor cost of around 100 hours. Total material cost, including the seat and electronics, was approximately $800. The rig is powered by an Intel i7 940 quad core processor alongside a pair of NVidia GTX 460 video cards in an SLI configuration. It can handily drive 6010x1080 resolutions well above 60 fps. Images of the build can be found here: http://lagnese.me/Hub/Photo_Albums/Pages/Simulator_Sled_2011-2012.html The specifications of the simulator sled: Height 46" Length: 65" Width: 65" (assuming 35 degree monitor rake) Weight: 190 lbs. (without monitors) Seat travel: 10" fore and aft, 20 degree tilt in 5 degree increments Pedal travel: 12" fore and aft, 10-30 degree tilt in 5 degree increments Steering travel: 16" fore and aft, up to 12" up and down, up to 270 degrees of wheel rotation Monitor travel: 8" up and down from center point, accommodates up to three 30" monitors, individual monitor pitch 180 degree, yaw 60 degrees.

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