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BFF Simulation Force & Motion

Kangaroo Motion Controller

NEW - 3DOF Motion Software interface for Kangaroo motion controllers.....

BFF Yoke  FFB

Project Gallery

BFF Flight Sim Shaker System

NEW - DIY Shaker/Rumble card.....

DIY Force Feeback Flight Yoke

DIY force feedback flight yoke project

Flight Sim Motion & Force Feedback Software and Hardware

 

This site describes a growing number of flight simulation motion and control loading (force feedback) projects.  I've had a go over the last few years at designing and building a number of DIY flight simulator motion platforms (or motion bases) and had a look at a few other flight sim projects such as control loading (force feedback) and most recently a DIY rumble / shaker unit.

 

The main motion driver software and important control system electronic cards are available to buy on the site for use in your own motion platform projects.

 

In addition some of the plans developed during the projects are available with the motion software or free for use in your own flight sim related projects.

 

Plans, software and cards for DIY force feedback flight controls and DIY rumble systems are also now available.

 

Project Gallery - images of some other projects...

 

NEWS

 

Jan '14 - I've added a helicopter cyclic control loading mode to the flight control FFB system - see here.

 

Jan '14 - I've also now added an experimental Kangaroo interface to the 6 DOF motion platform software - see Section 8 of the user guide.....

 

Jan '14 - V2.80 of the 3 DOF Motion Driver software for motion platforms adds an interface for  Dimension Engineering's Kangaroo motion control modules. See Section 18 of the on-line user guide for more detail....

 

Sept '13 - A bit of fun - a FFB steering wheel.

 

July '13 - I've been working on an interesting Shaker/Rumble system and a DIY system card will be available soon - for more information on the BFF Shaker system see here.

 

Flight Sim Related Projects and Products

BFF MOTION DRIVE SOFTWARE

Essential drive software for DIY motion platforms - very low cost and packed with features.

V2.6 now available with the new integrated virtual oscilloscope and power calculator add-on.

Motion Platform Drive Hardware

MOTION SYSTEM DRIVE HARDWARE

Low cost servo control hardware for DIY motion platform builders is now available. Developed from several platform builds this hardware is fully integrated with the BFF Motion Driver software - for 2/3 DOF DIY motion platforms.

DIY FORCE FEEDBACK FLIGHT YOKE

Plans NOW AVAILABLE for an effective DIY control loading flight yoke for simmers. Much better force smoothness using brushless motors and drivers...

FORCE FEEDBACK BRUSHLESS MOTOR CONTROLLER

Now available - brushless motor driver for smooth force feedback in DIY flight controls.

6-DOF BFF MOTION DRIVE SOFTWARE

Motion software for 6-DOF Stewart (Hexapod) type platforms - presently available in beta status for FSX/9, X-Plane and Condor Soaring...

SHKR-1 cockpit shaker & rumble card

SHKR-1 COCKPIT SHAKER & RUMBLE CARD

Card to drive DIY cockpit rumble systems. Used with low cost DC PM motors and separate drivers....

12bit ADC microcontroller interface card

12ADC-1 12bit ADC CARD

To upgrade the standard 10bit potentiometer position feedback to 12bit res. to match the performance of MA3 encoders without the cost.

BFF I2C ISOLATOR CARD

I2C data bus isolator card for use with the 64SPU-1 to protect against electrical noise from the motion platform servo drive motors.

PLATFORM 2

A more conventional motion platform - less movement range than Cockpit 1 but easier and cheaper to build - FREE plans now available on the web pages.

MINI PLATFORM 3

The most recent platform design, reduced motion range but easier to build - probably my favourite.

Click to see short video clip.

COCKPIT 1

The first motion platform project - a compact cockpit with large pitch, roll and heave movement ranges. This was an interesting but fairly complex build - too complex to release a set of plans.

USING SABERTOOTH MOTOR CONTROLLERS

Some development work to add support for Dimension Engineering Sabertooth and SyRen motor controllers to the BFF Motion Drive system.

DIY Force Feedback Flight ColumnDIY FORCE FEEDBACK FLIGHT COLUMN

An earlier attempt at building a good quality force feedback flight control system. This time with a flight column and disc armature motors. Now further developed into the DIY FFB Yoke project.

MOTION PLATFORM POWER CALCULATOR

Beta software for estimating the power rating requirements on conventional design 2 & 3 DOF platforms - should be a great help during platform design stages.

DIY LINEAR ACTUATOR

A cheaper alternative to expensive bought linear actuators - plans bundled with Motion Driver orders and included with the Full Plans Sets download and CDROM orders.

CONTROL LOADER SOFTWARE

Software for driving DIY flight control loading (force feedback).

 

LOW NOISE POSITION FEEDBACK

To get the best out of a platform drive low noise position feedback is important - how I got on with US Digital MA3 Encoders.

ARTICULATED PROJECTOR

A new motion enhancement for DIY platforms and sim setups - have a look! Free construction drawings available.

IMPORTANT - Building a DIY motion platforms or force feedback system is a big project, even for competent DIY'ers. It involves knowledge of both mechanical and electrical/electronic systems, it can be expensive and it can be dangerous to people and equipment. The information provided in these web pages is provided "AS-IS" without warranty or guarantee of any kind and is provided in good faith to assist other builders in their efforts. The information does not include complete and detailed instructions on system building, commissioning or operation. If you chose to use the information provided in the web site in your project you do so at your own risk - it is up to you to properly understand what you attempt to build and operate. See our full Terms and Conditions.


LINKS - some DIY platform building sites well worth visiting if you want some inspiration.

http://simprojects.nl/ - Roland van Roy's site - a great source of ideas & data on a wide range of flight sim related projects.

http://www.youtube.com/user/tronicgr - Thanos Kod's YouTube channel showing his work with a JoyRider style  motion cockpit - lots of videos.

See also Thanos' blog - http://motionsim.blogspot.co.uk/

(Both Roland and Thanos have beta tested the Motion Software - many thanks.)

http://www.jimspage.co.nz/intro.html A low cost DIY motion platform.

http://www.classicsim.com/ A fairly large scale cockpit..

http://digilander.libero.it/tornadoblu5/index1.htm

http://www.mikesflightdeck.com/ - not specifically for motion platforms and cockpits but another very informative site.

http://www.geneb.org/pitkit/ - a compact single seater cockpit made from timber - might prove a good basis for a motion cockpit design.

 

 

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