I am working on a helicopter flight sim cyclic. I have the mechanical part sorted along with the sensors to detect rotation. I would like to use DC motors (or better alternative) as a damper and position hold for the cyclic. I have the Hapkit and have been working with that so I think it is possible. I'm looking for help if the DC motor is feasible to act as a damper and position hold in long term use. The motor used in the Hapkit gets very hot with minimal use so I don't think it is up to the task of long term use. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Please do Yourself a favour and read the first topic telling how to get the best from this forum.
Links to the data sheets of the motors, drivers etc... Helpers unlikely play with Hapkit...
I'm sorry I wasn't clear on what I needed help with. I have extensive background in CNC Machining, prototyping and mechanical assemblies. I have experience with building and selling helicopter collective joysticks. This includes micro controller programming, hall effect sensors, buttons, lights, encoders, switches, etc... I have used the Hapkit which uses a DC motor to provide haptic feedback on a lever that the user interacts with. The motor on this kit is very small and I don't think it is up to the task on a larger project such as my cyclic.
What I need help with.
I want to use a DC motor (or other electronic device) as a damper on the movement of a lever arm. I believe this is feasible from my experience with the Hapkit. I don't know if this is the best approach. Possibly there is another option I'm not aware of.
If a DC motor is not the best/suggested option please let me know what you would suggest.
If a DC motor is a good choice for this any advice on what parameters to use when picking the motor would be helpful.
Impossible to give any useful information out of Your posting.
Use the kit and start trying things. That will give You experience that not many helpers have. What devices, motors etc., You might need in the future will likely be discovered in that firs approach.
I don't see how it is impossible to give any useful information with what I have provided. I think I asked a simple questions if using a DC motor is the best approach to use as a damper. I know it works. I don't know if there is another solution that I'm not aware of. If you don't have experience with this specific application I can understand not being able to help. I am looking for someone that has done this to see if there is a better solution.
It would be a waste of time and money to just start doing experimentation and possibly go down the wrong route multiple times if someone has already done this. I'm not looking for general advice. If anyone has advice specific to what I am trying to achieve I would appreciate it. I thought that was the whole point of the forum. Telling me to go do my own testing kind of defeats the purpose of asking questions.
Okey. Let's hope there's a helper that knows this and can give precise and useful tips. "Details" quickly raises obstacles forcing reading technical documentation necessary.
On of the major ideas of this forum is helping members to learn, not to present "ready toys". Coding is the first and electronics number 2 I would say.
There are a huge number of people posting questions here. However, the number answering them is very much smaller: there are between fifty and sixty in the English speaking forums. If you're really lucky, there may be someone that has relevant experience, but I don't recall ever reading anything about cyclics here. You may have better luck on a forum more focused on sims.
That said, I can see that a suitably sized DC motor with an eccentric cam could give you a classic Huey vibrating stick. I can't visualize how it could do damping or trim though. How does a real helicopter do it? It might help if you have a picture of how the cyclic is put together.
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