Juha’s simulator rig build is progressing amazingly fast. Can’t wait to hop in and take it for a spin! To me it looks like a smart way to put a rigid simulator together with small amount of parts.
We asked couple of friends to help assembling the SimuCUBEs of the Indiegogo campaign, and as reward from their help I gave them SimuCUBEs. Well, this is what happens when you give them to brilliant people:
This is a project of Juha which has been inspired by the earlier build of another help contributor, Mika. More updates will follow!
SimuCUBEs are becoming real
Boxes after boxes started piling up during the last week, and we had no choice but start occupying a new room for them. We expect rest of the parts, including some 4000+ screws to arrive within a week. After that, we start to figure out how to put it all together!
SimuCUBE final hardware has just born
Today we received the first samples of final SimuCUBE board designs. Testing of it shows no flaws so we’re giving the green light for the first 250 pcs batch assembly! All parts are already in stock, so assembly should not take too many days.
The photo above shows also the work-in-progress test bed for SimuCUBE that will be used to test & verify the operation of every shipped SimuCUBE. The device under test will be placed on the top of the bed and the spring loaded pins will contact certain pads on the bottom of the SimuCUBE board to allow tester to contact all necessary signals at once.
SimuCUBE status update
Just a quick update on how things are going with SimuCUBE; we are waiting for the first set of final SimuCUBE PCBs to arrive within a week to verify that everything is ok. Also the first prototype of the acrylic case for NDR-480 and SDR-480 power supplies is cut and assembled, after a couple of adjustments everything seems to work fine and the cases are going in to production next.
Argon firmware 2.0 is out!
After long beta phase of Argon 2.0 firmware with lots of received feedback and experience, we finally made 2.0 to official production version. Seems like “2.0 beta 5″ was mature enough to be turned as offical 2.0
To see full list of changes compared to 1.x series and downloads, see Argon fifmware releases at Wiki.
SimuCUBE campaign ending soon
The last day of SimuCUBE Indiegogo campaign is starting! See also the updates on the Indiegogo page for latest news in development.
Campaign at: https://igg.me/at/simucube
SimuCUBE Indiegogo campaign now open!
As the title says, SimuCUBE campaign is now launched! Go grab yours before they’re all gone! Link.
The first SimuCUBE is real!
Prototypes of SimuCUBE motherboards and acrylic case have just arrived! The first successful test drive has been done with a big smile :) We hope to have Indiegogo campaign launched on the next week. Get ready for early bird specials!
Ingenious SimuCUBE hardware & enclosure design and photos by Aki.
Acrylic cases for SimuCUBE system
We’re working on to make a reference design of acrylic enclosure for a SimuCUBE system. The box will fit all necessary force feedback system electronics, including a 320 W power supply. In our tests 320 W was fully sufficient for a 20 Nm wheel and well usable also with higher torque systems with power draw limit of IONI.
The plan is to eventually offer a kit of all components, SimuCUBE + IONI Pro HC + PSU + case parts. Stay tuned!