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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This video is the first in a series which describes how to build the DIY Simulator Sled. Part one describes how to build the base. Part two will discuss the monitor rack, and part three will cover the steering rack. If you are using the Simulator Sled for flight simulation pusposes, only parts one and two will apply. The overview of the driving cockpit can be found at the original YouTube video: http://youtu.be/Wo6zo-kjCEA The design concept overview can be found int he video - Anatomy of a Driving Simulator: http://youtu.be/CXtNqEFeLmk This design uses tactile feedback at all contact points (seat, pedals, wheel) and is completely self contained. The entire construction cost of the cockpit was approximately $800 and the details are described in this video. Total build time was approximately 12 weeks. Photographs and free as-is partial blueprints can be found here: http://lagnese.me/Hub/Home/Home.html The specifications of the simulator sled: Height 46" Length: 65" Width: 60" (assuming 45 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, 0-30 degree tilt in 5 degree increments (from 10-30 degrees) Steering travel: 16" fore and aft, up to 12" up and down, 30 degree wheel pitch, 30 degree steering shaft pitch 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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