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  1. Just a quick update on the project. Unfortunately I have a massive water leak in my house so this means this project is on hold indefinitely.
  2. Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I've ordered the proper magnets (I hope) and I'm just waiting for them to get here. So the project is currently on pause.
  3. I've mounted the sensor to the back of the carriage and have tried to run the calibration process without success. I'm having issues getting anything other than either 5v or -5v depending where the DIR pin is mount (GND or 5v). I don't get any voltage in between. Here's the order in which I'm connecting everything: PCB to breadboard - GND on the PCB to GND on the breadboard - 5V on the PCB to 5V on the breadboard - DIR on the PCB to GND on the breadboard - PQO on the PCB to GND on the breadboard Breadboard to joystick controller - GND to GND on the joystick controller - 5V to 5V on the joystick controller Programming - Apply power to the joystick controller - Turn the magnet to minimum position - Connect the PWM on the PCB to GND on the breadboard for around a second - Disconnect the PWM on the breadboard - Turn the magnet to maximum position - Connect the PWM on the PCB to GND on the breadboard for around a second - Disconnect the PWM on the breadboard What am I missing here? Update1 I may have the wrong magnet. I have just a regular neodym magnet however it looks like I need a diametrical magnet instead. I'm going to try to source some of these.
  4. Got the carriage sprayed with a few coates of varnish today. I won't do that again. It gets everywhere and it takes quite a while to dry so might as well do it with a brush. I created a few support plates for the rear ball bearing out of HDPE on the CNC. These plates has a dual purpose. One is to prevent the ball bearing leaving the plywood if I by accident push or pull the yoke with excessive force. The other is to create a platform for another support plate in the very back of the carriage which will house the AS5600 sensor for the roll axis. This will probably make more sense later with images πŸ™‚. https://www.dropbox.com/s/r8s85ug6eu23n0p/carriage_bearing_supports1.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/w459haf91mfobb8/carriage_bearing_supports2.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/yth8af7n8rgj0gu/carriage_bearing_supports3.jpg?dl=0 I wired up one AS5600 sensor today but haven't tried the calibration process yet. I thought of creating a small jig for this but it will be more accurate when everything is mounted in the yoke. It's a pain to solder wires on those small terminals however I did get a small "helping hand" solder station with a magnifying glass and leds so that helps.
  5. Thanks for this. I've measured from the PWM pin to both resistors and I'm not getting any reading on the multimeter. I presume the resistors can stay then? I'm not into electronics at this level so sorry for asking πŸ˜‰
  6. Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Work has been and still is crazy so haven't had any time for this project for a while. I've created a support piece and stud for the shaft in the carriage. The support piece will act as a stop when turning the yoke 90 degrees to each side (I'll put a bolt into each side) and the stud will go into the shaft holding the magnet. The stud will need to have a hole in the middle to allow wires from the yoke. Both of these were created on my CNC and the material used is HDPE. I also masked the vital components of the carriage before spraying the first layer of varnish. https://www.dropbox.com/s/2rpbf768rnanyia/shaft_support_stud.jpeg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/c9gdwy1gd2dtgr7/carriage5.jpeg?dl=0 The AS5600 have finally arrived and they look like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2nnopri2lk3286n/AS5600_1.jpeg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/wkzrhcqllq3krsm/AS5600_2.jpeg?dl=0 I'm building a small jig to test the AS5600 next to my PC. So if I'm correct, by @SergeyPe instructions both resistors R1 and R2 need to go and then follow the rest of the guide. Hopefully I'll have time to do this in the weekend.
  7. At last something arrived today. I got the yoke handle from VRinsight: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wjkvss0qnhrvqog/VRinsight_yoke1.jpeg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/3mcqfi3elc8j11g/VRinsight_yoke2.jpeg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/lb7nwo4lqr4xy2q/VRinsight_yoke3.jpeg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/elpmbewd69cafnz/VRinsight_yoke4.jpeg?dl=0 This thing is really well made and I was surprised how heavy it actually is. The backside of the handles can be removed with a hex key so you can route wires properly in case you want to mount any switches on the top of the handles. There are plastic coverings over these holes and and the square hole measures 16 x 16mm (haven't removed the round cover yet). I'll be looking for some kind of trim switch for the square side. Not sure what I'll do for the left side yet but probably an autopilot disengage button. That leaves just the sensors to arrive before I can continue. Still no sign of those.
  8. Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I'm just waiting for parts primarily sensors to arrive before I can continue building. The sensors have arrived in my country 10 days ago but I don't know which distributor the parcel was handed off to. The VRinsight yoke handle hasn't arrived either so I think it's backordered. I've written a few mails to Wilco Publishing but so far they haven't answered my emails on when I can expect the yoke handle. Kind of disappointing customer service tbh. I've already started thinking about a throttle. I've found the old Saitek throttle quadrant which haven't been used in like 10 years but it still works. Obviously this piece of gear won't match the level of my yoke so I'm going to look for some kind of upgrade. As much as I like building stuff I'm probably going to buy a throttle because of the complexity of this device. I would like quite a lot of buttons around the throttle so I'm currently leaning towards the Virpil CM2 Throttle.
  9. Thank you so much for this information πŸ‘. I’ll sacrifice one board as test and see how it goes πŸ˜‰. Regarding the programming I actually found this video which shows the programming method you’re mentioning: https://youtu.be/Dwc4hFgNP5I Check option B in the video.
  10. Good decision, as the initial version is quite buggy (while very promising). The date of the first patch will be announced next Thursday, so you'll be able to get a more stable version (hopefully)😁. Exactly πŸ‘πŸ˜
  11. I got these: https://www.ebay.de/itm/10PCS-AS5600-Absolute-Value-Encoder-PWM-I2C-Port-Brushless-Motors-12-Bit/174322866491?pageci=a277d645-3cb2-472f-b598-2bdda9287686
  12. Some more stuff got purchased today and I created a small support bracket on my CNC for the shaft: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vwi6hvqgeglxihm/shaft_support1.jpeg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/796vcyu82hono1z/shaft_support2.jpeg?dl=0 This is made from 5 x 8 mm plywood glued together and covered with two coats of varnish for durability (I will do this for all wood pieces when it's done). I bought some bungee cords at my local home depot which will be used for both axis. Here's how the bungee will be fixed to the shaft: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mx5rbakzl731nw9/carriage_bungee1.jpeg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/qameexprev2xk8h/carriage_bungee2.jpeg?dl=0 The bungee will be held in place by the sides of the carriage once they are mounted. It's slowly coming together now. The AS5600 sensors should be here by early next week so I'm going to experiment with those. I need to figure a way to mount those sensors and I've got a sheet of PEHD which I can use to build a bracket of some sort. I hope you're enjoying MSFS2020. It looks incredible and I've promised myself not to purchase it until my yoke is complete πŸ˜‰
  13. A small setback regarding the gears. Unfortunately the gear ratio is not correct. I only have about 10cm of total travel before exceeding the 180 degrees of the hall sensors. Total distance should be around 14-15cm. So either I'll try source some other gears which would be here some time mid of next week or I wait for the AS5600 sensors to arrive. These can go beyond 180 degrees. They're in Belgium at the moment so they should be here soon.
  14. Only one I know off is this: http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=98_87&products_id=210 However you're going to need a joystick board as well like this one: http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=94&products_id=204 So that little hat switch is going to cost you πŸ˜‰
  15. Here's the front plate of the carriage done with the ball bearing inserted for the shaft and cutouts made for the rods. The ball bearing is just pressed into the wood without any adhesive: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w7z7glx5mfdq8bu/carriage4.jpeg?dl=0 And here's the CNC (Shapeoko 2) in action cutting out the back plate. This particular piece was actually not long enough so I had to scrap this piece: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ypi54j5kxglwyia/cnc_in_action1.jpeg?dl=0 You don't need a CNC machine for either of these. I just don't have a drill bit/hole saw that fits these particular hole dimensions. I'm going to wait doing the sides of the carriage until I have the gears for the pitch axis in place.
  16. I didn't have time to build anything this weekend but I did today. I've started working on the "carriage" which will be the main moving part inside the yoke. While I like the concept of these linear ball bearings they are not that smooth and quite noisy when going back and forth. The wood is used is 8mm plywood. https://www.dropbox.com/s/mihga9cwlh1qw9s/carriage1.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/l0gmn0rmx70bj6j/carriage2.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/8v4o72w1hz0cgxk/carriage3.jpg?dl=0 I've tried to put some grease inside the ball bearings however that doesn't seem to make any difference. The alignment of the rods was a pain and maybe later down the road I can make a new baseplate on my CNC. Circular saw, jig saw, mitre saw and drill press was used today. For the next few days I'll be doing a drawing of the front and rear plates which will house the ball bearings for the shaft. These ball bearings will not perfectly align with ones used for the rods but it's going to be close enough I reckon.
  17. More stuff arrived today from Leobodnar. Board enclose with installed BU0836A board: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yg8rhnnntqwn5z2/Board_enclosure.jpeg?dl=0 Hall effect sensors: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ho6snwsb1kapwtp/Hall_sensors.jpeg?dl=0 Unfortunately the allen nut on the other enclose has been overtightened from the factory so it's completely rounded off which means I cannot open it. https://www.dropbox.com/s/zogcu1shi16r4of/Board_enclosure_busted.jpeg?dl=0 I've written to Leobodnar asking for advise but I don't see any other option that to bore out the allen nut. I'm still waiting for the ball bearings for the shaft and the bearings for the support rods. The former should be here tomorrow so I can get started building this weekend. Not sure about the latter. Oh, gears for the pitch axis are on their way too.
  18. The steel rod and rod supports arrived today. The rod is 12mm in diameter and really heavy duty and I can hardly flex this thing even though it's 1 meter in length. Obviously I need to cut this shorter. The supports are really nice as well and use a hex bolt to tighten on the rod. Rod:https://www.dropbox.com/s/gsnrknxgi7wdeec/Steel_rod.jpeg?dl=0 Rod supports: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fbpb0gj7i1n4i3g/Rod_support.jpeg?dl=0 I've also found a steel shaft for the yoke handle however I couldn't find one locally other than a white painted one. Also it's only 19mm diameter so it doesn't quite fit the yoke handle which is 21mm but that will be fixed with a spacer of some sort. https://www.dropbox.com/s/8h0xhtsomxw48y7/Steel_shaft.jpeg?dl=0 Regarding the Yoke handle I find the options extremely limited but I'll be going with the VRInsight Yoke Handle. This has a 21mm diameter mounting hole.
  19. Wow, very nice indeed πŸ‘. Thanks for sharing! And you're using the same Yoke handle as I'm probably getting πŸ˜‰.
  20. Thanks for these tips - really appreciated πŸ‘.. Regarding the additional pictures I'll let you know if I'm stuck πŸ˜‰. I've ordered a bunch of the AS5600 sensors but it will take a while before they get here. I'm probably going to experiment with the Hall sensors until then and do a swap later. I believe the rail system used for the Yoko is this: https://www.boschrexroth.com/en/xc/products/product-groups/linear-motion-technology/linear-guides These rails alone are around 160$.
  21. Wow, thanks for sharing! If my yoke end up looking half as good as yours I'll be happy πŸ˜‰. Your design looks a bit like what I have in mind with the dual rods (I ordered the rods yesterday - I swear).
  22. Thanks for the tip and explanation of this sensor πŸ‘. I didn't know about this so I'll definitely be looking into this!
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