With all adjustment dimensions, steps and ranges definitions out of the way I started nesting the parts and redesigning them for nesting efficiency. Any racing simulator with this many adjustment options (if it existed) would use loads of materials so this was a big task. I’ve been working on it for several days, going back and forth but it’s 90% ready.
This is the current nesting diagram:

Scheme of the CNC racing simulator nesting

This is the current nesting scheme

I left some room in the first board for other support and accessory parts I still have to add.

The difficulty with nesting and re-shaping is that there are multiple factors you have to consider simultaneously. The main one is that modifying a single part will probably mess up one, or most of the adjustment systems. Then there is making all parts with the least material and waste possible, but there’s also the 1220 x 2440 mm (4 x 8 ft) board size limitation as not every maker has a large CNC machine. Finally, nesting each piece so you can combine materials and make it look even better.
This is how combining two different boards currently looks like:

Rendered image of the cockpit project combining light gray and black surfaces

This example uses a light gray first board and a black second one with raw edges.

The first board has the base and all parts that hold equipment: wheel, pedals, shifter and the screen which are mostly horizontal. The second one has all other parts. It’s all-gray looking from the top and all-black from the side.

Still to go:

  • Adding a lower horizontal support between the black panels at the front.
  • Defining locations for the tower-pc, mouse and keyboard
  • Making a more curvy version
  • Adapting both versions to 3/4 inch material
  • Adapting all plans for Shaper Origin SVG compatibility
  • Whatever you guys suggest here!

There’s a new update to this project: check out Update 6.


8 Comments

  1. Ivan Novak on 2021-09-27 at 9:35 AM

    this gonna be awesome, can’t wait to make one for my son (I may try it too from time to time). I suggest adding some holders for the PS controllers as it’s likely we end up using this one for any kind of gaming activity

    • Javier on 2021-09-27 at 11:18 AM

      thanks Ivan! and I hope so too! and also to get some pics of that setup! Yeah your suggestion’s definitely a must. I’ll be developing a universal side mount system and then design some accessories that allow you to hold controllers, headphones, a VR headset and other possible devices users ask for in the future that optionally mount into that system.
      I’ll be sharing details about it soon!

  2. Glen Webber on 2021-10-07 at 10:33 AM

    LOL I do love it. Already got a playDesk and very much looking forward to this one.

    • Javier on 2021-10-08 at 9:15 PM

      So glad to hear from a returning happy customer!! I had to pause development for a few days to focus on management related tasks but will get back into it on Monday. Stay tuned and thanks for your support!

  3. era_1684 on 2021-10-08 at 8:57 PM

    Hola, esto se ve muy bien y ahora estoy leyendo que agregaras unos soportes para colocar tus mandos o Vr esto será genial, saludos

    • Javier on 2021-10-08 at 9:23 PM

      Hola!!! si eso se viene seguro.., Como recién le comentaba a Glen tuve que parar un rato para mejorar aspectos de gestión pero lo retomo el lunes y en la semana cuento y muestro más avances. Un abrazo y gracias por seguir mi proyecto!

  4. Trevor Matthew (Biffs cnc) on 2021-10-17 at 8:01 PM

    Looks great love to get it on my cnc

    • Javier on 2021-10-18 at 9:47 AM

      Hey Trevor! that’s awesome, I’m looking for makers partners. I’ll get in touch soon.

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