(Long. I suggest you don’t read this)
I’m on deployment at the moment, and while gone I tend to scheme about projects upon my return. The origin project is to make open source flight simulator panels and hardware, so that my flying club can have a ‘hands on’ ground school. With Arduino and a lot of work from a community like this, the tech side is easy.
3D printing makes the creation of hardware easier. I’ve owned a lathe and mill in the past, and for more than a decade have been fascinated with CNC. It’s been about 5 years, though. I chose a 3D printer… Then stumbled upon this site.
My life will be forever ruined. But whatever. About my MPCNC build… If I’m going to build a dozen panels, I NEED this. I can’t 3D print everything, so I’ll start with painted finished plywood at first, then aluminum sheeting…
So I’m thinking 36X48, as fitting plywood sheets in would be great. My wife already wants to make cabinet doors as well… A 1" build, possibly with stainless tube, Rambo board and a leadscrew in the Z axis. It won’t need to be tall, so maybe 3" of Z.
I’m thinking of running a single board linux computer (something more than a PI running OctoPi maybe, but not sure) if for no other reason than having a computer in the shop is super handy these days. Maybe an Odroid-XU4 running Ubuntu 16.
Anyway, couple questions about this amazing machine.
First, how difficult\expensive is it to build\have a second gantry setup to re-size it, should I want more Z?
Second… It looks like the X-Y dimensions can be changed pretty easily, so the same question stands. How hard is it to make it bigger or smaller?
I’m working in Fusion 360 and Eagle. I intend to order the simple circuit boards that I’m designing, but would like to print plastic and cut finished plywood for the sim (Eventually Aluminum). Eventually, I would like to be able to feed it raw materials and crank out parts. My club has over 60 aircraft that fly all the time in the San Diego area, so a half dozen or more for our three locations would be great for teaching. We are a non-profit, so Open Source and community printed\milled and assembled seems fitting! I’m calling the “Open Source Flight Training Device (OSFTD)”.
If you’re curious, the avionics run on Arduino, and SimVimCockpit ( www.simvim.com ).
The cockpit is inspired by the work of this maker, who publishes some of his work on thingiverse… He’s done AMAZING work. I want something similar, but with more 3D printed parts, the frame being CAD designed and notched so it interlocks, pre-drilled holes, etc. A KIT.
Thanks in advance for the help, and sorry for the long post! I have a LOT of time on my hands…