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DIY force feedback flight
Flight Sim Motion & Force Feedback Software and Hardware
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
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.
Jan '14 - I've added a helicopter cyclic control loading
mode to the flight control FFB system -
Jan '14 - I've also now added an experimental
Kangaroo interface to the 6 DOF motion platform software -
see Section 8 of the user
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....
Flight Sim Related Projects and Products
drive software for DIY motion platforms - very
low cost and packed with features.
available with the new integrated
virtual oscilloscope and power calculator add-on.
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.
FORCE FEEDBACK FLIGHT YOKE
AVAILABLE for an effective DIY control
loading flight yoke for simmers. Much better
force smoothness using brushless motors and
FEEDBACK BRUSHLESS MOTOR CONTROLLER
- brushless motor driver for smooth force
feedback in DIY flight controls.
6-DOF BFF MOTION
software for 6-DOF Stewart (Hexapod) type
platforms - presently available in beta status
for FSX/9, X-Plane and Condor Soaring...
SHAKER & RUMBLE CARD
Card to drive DIY
cockpit rumble systems. Used with low cost DC PM motors
and separate drivers....
To upgrade the
standard 10bit potentiometer position feedback to 12bit
res. to match the performance of MA3 encoders without
I2C data bus isolator
card for use with the 64SPU-1 to protect against
electrical noise from the motion platform servo drive
conventional motion platform - less movement
range than Cockpit 1 but easier and cheaper to
build - FREE plans now available on the web
MINI PLATFORM 3
most recent platform design, reduced motion range but easier
to build - probably my favourite.
Click to see
short video clip.
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.
SABERTOOTH MOTOR CONTROLLERS
Some development work
to add support for Dimension Engineering Sabertooth and
SyRen motor controllers to the BFF Motion Drive system.
FORCE FEEDBACK FLIGHT COLUMN
attempt at building a good quality force
feedback flight control system. This time with a
flight column and disc armature motors.
developed into the DIY
FFB Yoke project.
PLATFORM POWER CALCULATOR
for estimating the power rating requirements on
conventional design 2 & 3 DOF platforms - should
be a great help during platform design stages.
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.
Software for driving DIY flight control loading
To get the best
out of a platform drive low noise position
feedback is important - how I got on with US
Digital MA3 Encoders.
A new motion
enhancement for DIY platforms and sim setups -
have a look! Free construction drawings
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
See our full Terms
LINKS - some DIY platform building
sites well worth visiting if you want some inspiration.