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    Some other variations.

    Ive also nearly finished my first prototype. I will cut it in a few days and post the results.
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    benny.

    it may be late, but a good suggestion would be to start with pencil and paper drawings... sit in a reclining position and have someone measure you and get a 'human form factor' database started.. get a few measurements from different people, and also try and get some measurements from a real car or race car.. or several.. this kind of basic research could help you build a superior design - allow you to maybe even improve the ergonomics of the design you are referencing.. reverse engineering dosent always have to mean an inferior copy, but can also lead to an innovative redesign.

    there is a great book about designing for human bodies, 'The Measure of Man & Woman' writen by the famous architect Henry Dreyfus.. It is a standard among car and chair designers, and the like.. And well done. A great book for any designer who might work with human factors. (like me, im a product designer)

    I might be interested in helping with such a project.. maybe not too much ,but i would help do the final solid model if you provide reasonable drawings and measurements.. the 3d models from solidworks can be very usefull for part-fit verification and other such things..

    i ask again - has your machine proven profitable? has your wife threatened to leave if you dont stop obsessing over homemade industrial robotics? my ex-gf, an extremely talented artist got frustrated with me for always reading engineering books when i should have been reading artforum magazine....
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    link to dreyfus book

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...415573-4009403

    a link to the dreyfus book i mentioned.
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    Vaccy, you've made a good point about hand drawing, in actual fact I am drawing life size on a home made white board.

    BTW, I came up with this great idea for a cheap white board. I bought 2 rolls of clear book covering contact plastic and laminated the whole study wall with it. ( White wall) I now have a 2m x 2.4 white board on the wall. In indellable texta I have put measured grid lines on the board ( They will not wipe off) I find it much easier to design in real size and with an easy to rub off marker. ( Kids love it too, they can legally grafitti as much as they want.)

    Any how, I got my 6 foot son to sit in a racing position beside the board, while holding the wheel and pedals, and I traced around him just to get an idea of actual posture shapes, and dimentions. Thishas given me some really good guide lines for the design.
    I am in the process of transfereing this to CAD.

    Yes I always remember you as the Solidworks man. I would love it if you did create a model for me from my 2d CAD entries. I have a local mate who is also helping me with using a similar program too, but the learning curve using it is a bit much for an oldie like myself. ( No not 89, but feel that way)
    i ask again - has your machine proven profitable?
    The reason I was hesitant to answer that question is because i have really good times of profitability, and then go for weeks or months with really bad times. Ask me on a good week, and ill tell you I can cut $800 bucks of work in a day while sitting on my computer surfing the internet and changing sheets every 10 minutes or so. Ask me on a bad week and thats all I do..... sit on the internet

    Thanks for the link to the dreyfus book. I probably wont buy it, I recon I will figure out this design anyhow.

    Thanks for your offer of help for the 3d work. I will take you up on that

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    Benny,
    You might like to look into Racing Kart Seats as a cheaper alternative for your Simulator. These are usually heavy Fabric over GlassFibre construction, light and very sturdy.
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    Just wondering how the simulator is coming along?

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    ynneb....just a suggestion...haven't seen it posted.....I would base my design on one of the racing seats that is in every automotive magazine.....off the shelf parts are very important to off-the-shelf approaches......

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    ynneb....I would also look at surplus hydraulics and some automotive coil springs to give you the bump and go simulation.....

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    benny
    if you are still interested i am pretty good with solidworks and i am in college so i have plenty of homework i can put off to draw. i love drawing stuff in solidworks. when i had a broken leg i made a model of my girlfriends ceiling fan! anyway if you still have interest and have some decent drawings of the design i would be willing to work on a model.

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    An excellent offer. I will post the dxfs for the side panels once I find them. I will cut out and build the car once we are finished so as to test it for size and function. Once its all complete we will post the gcode for the design in this thread.
    Thanks so much Matt.

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    Matt desregard the other stuff in the file but use the sides as a guide. You should be able to sort out the rest from the measurments on the pictures I previously posted.
    Be as creative as you like. Post lots of progress shots and we can openly discuss the project on here.

    BTW. I have a program that can read Solidworks files. Its freely availiable so post the working files if you want.

    Good onya chum.

    EDIT; I would offer to cut you a car for free when its finished, but I think postsage to the states would be prohibitivly big. Ill see If I can line up a local guy to do you one if you want. ( No promises though)
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    Hi Benny
    Maybe theres some one out there who will donate a rotapod for you to shoehorn under your simulator. Now that would be a K.A. simulator.

    derekj308

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