6DOF, Motion base platforms, Vr, Virtual reality, Racing sim, Driving sim, Entertainment rides, Gaming

Should a motion platform cost $5k?

In my travels on the internet, I have witnessed DIY’er attempting to make motion base platforms from various items. From drill motors to wood, these systems are ingenious, but in my opinion seem unsafe and will not last over the long term. Let’s explore why… What does it take to build a motion base? At…

Motion Base Platforms and the Flight Simulation Industry

Motion Base Platforms have been apart of the flight simulation industry for a very long time. Longer than one might think… The simulation industry is relatively old (almost 100 years!), but not quite as old as planes have been in the sky. The follow article is an except from wikipedia in regards to the history of…

6DOF, Motion base platforms, Vr, Virtual reality, Racing sim, Driving sim, Entertainment rides, Gaming

Checking in on one of our older installations

Back in 2015, we went to Harris Corp in Melbourne, Florida to check a high angle six axis motion base platform system that we installed in 2003 to inspect it. The customer said that it was working fine and had been in constant use for these years. The system is used for Sea State 6…

feedback control loader, control loading, actuator, FAA Level D, flight controls, simulation, simulator

5 Undeniable Reasons People Hate Motion Platforms

What are some of the reason that people in the simulation industry hate motion platforms? Let’s explore… 1. Cost! Why are they so expensive? 2. Installation… what is required to install a system and what support does it require? 3. Maintenance… Why does it cost so much to operate one? 4. Properly follow motion cues……

6DOF, Motion base platforms, Vr, Virtual reality, Racing sim, Driving sim, Entertainment rides, Gaming

Frequency Response of a Servos & Simulation Motion Base Platform

Six axis motion base built for Raytheon Over the past decades, Servos & Simulation has produced hundreds of motion bases. Most of them custom… most of them last decades. Recently, we were asked to build a custom motion base with a very specific set of criteria. It needed to be a six axis motion base…

2DOF, Motion base platforms, Vr, Virtual reality, Racing sim, Driving sim, Entertainment rides, Gaming

Florida Institute of Technology mentions Servos in published Article

Last week, FIT’s Human Spaceflight Lab had an article written about what they were doing. A few years ago, Mr. Doule came to us with an idea… an idea of something that he required, but wasn’t quite sure as to how to get there. Take a look at the article and how Servos helped them…

3DOF, Motion base platforms, Vr, Virtual reality, Racing sim, Driving sim, Entertainment rides, Gaming

The Ultimate Checklist for Buying a Motion Platform

What should one look for when purchasing a Motion Platform… Here’s a short list. How long has the manufacturer been in business? Does the manufacturer actually do their own in-house engineering or are they reselling the system (this matters)? What does the motion platform use for moving the axis? Is it hydraulic, electric, pneumatic or…

Is Virtual Reality (VR) Finally A “Reality” Or Not?

Is Virtual Reality (VR) Finally A “Reality” Or Not? Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a relatively long time. The first one that I can remember working on was back in 1993 or so. We built a gimbal that a person sat in and put a very large and clunky helmet on their head…

6DOF, Motion base platforms, Vr, Virtual reality, Racing sim, Driving sim, Entertainment rides, Gaming

The Motion Base Platform Requirement (As seen through the eyes of a Feedback Control System Engineer)

This white paper was originally written by Mr. Bruce Baker. I have taken the liberty of republishing my father’s works for all to learn from. Enjoy – Rachel Over the last several years, there has been much discussion about the need for motion base platforms for aircraft simulators. Several times, an attempt has been made to…

6DOF, Motion base platforms, Vr, Virtual reality, Racing sim, Driving sim, Entertainment rides, Gaming

How does one precisely control a motion base platform? (or how make a non-linear system linear)

How does one precisely control a motion base so that the user can know where the motion base is in space and can modify where the centroid of the moving platform coordinate system is in space? Servos and Simulation’s engineers were recently presented with that exact problem. To compound the problem, Servos & Simulation’s motion…