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Old 03-17-2018, 11:16 PM   #41
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Any plans to sell just the UFC to customers? If so, would it be a USB, plug and play device?
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Old 03-17-2018, 11:17 PM   #42
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Oh god no.

My wife is not going to be happy.

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I hear ya romeokilo! My girlfriend would never speak to me again. However if I had a setup like that in my den............who cares!
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Old 03-17-2018, 11:18 PM   #43
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Any plans to sell just the UFC to customers? If so, would it be a USB, plug and play device?
No. We have no plans to sell any of this. This will be a freely available (for noncommerical use) design package for people who want to build their own.

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Old 03-20-2018, 06:48 PM   #44
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I picked up a couple of knock-off Arduino starter kits off Amazon a little while ago and have been playing around with the various components along with DCS-BIOS. While playing around with the included stepper motor last night, I noticed the motion is not very fast, certainly not fast enough to keep up with an IVSI or Altimeter winding through several thousand feet per second. Are there stepper motors that are capable of much faster motion (mine seems limited to about 40rpm, not sure if it's a limitation of the motor itself, the Uno R3 or the ULN2003 driver board but I'm guessing it's the motor) or do you plan to use something else for those instruments? I have been reading about air core motors as well but can't seem to find any for purchase.

On that note, you mentioned in another post that you have many of the components for the project identified. I assume by this you mean things like switches, motors, LEDs etc. If that's the case, would you mind sharing your source for these? I'd like to order some stuff to tinker with so I can see how it all works and hopefully shallow the learning curve when you guys start releasing plans.

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Old 03-22-2018, 11:00 PM   #45
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I picked up a couple of knock-off Arduino starter kits off Amazon a little while ago and have been playing around with the various components along with DCS-BIOS. While playing around with the included stepper motor last night, I noticed the motion is not very fast, certainly not fast enough to keep up with an IVSI or Altimeter winding through several thousand feet per second. Are there stepper motors that are capable of much faster motion (mine seems limited to about 40rpm, not sure if it's a limitation of the motor itself, the Uno R3 or the ULN2003 driver board but I'm guessing it's the motor) or do you plan to use something else for those instruments? I have been reading about air core motors as well but can't seem to find any for purchase.

On that note, you mentioned in another post that you have many of the components for the project identified. I assume by this you mean things like switches, motors, LEDs etc. If that's the case, would you mind sharing your source for these? I'd like to order some stuff to tinker with so I can see how it all works and hopefully shallow the learning curve when you guys start releasing plans.

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I'm looking at the steppers and I may need to revisit those. Ideally, I'd love to find the little dual steppers used all over the place in the auto industry, but I can't find a reliable source. I don't want to spec something for this project that can't be purchased reliably.

I've talked to the team, and we really don't want to release anything publicly that one of us hasn't already built/prototyped, because things change, and I don't want other people wasting money. Similar how ED very much tries to not release things until most the worst of the bugs are beaten out - causes too much badwill and grief for all involved.

I do have boards and components enroute to prototype the ABSIS boards (the NANO/MEGA breakouts) for use with DCS-BIOS. Once I build a couple and test them, I'll be releasing that design ahead of the full package as that is useful outside the OpenHornet project as well.

I will be posting updates first to http://www.openhornet.com, but I will continue to update this thread in parallel. I would love for some experienced DCS-BIOS and builders to put together some tutorials for me to host over there - it will be a little better organized than just trying to find random threads on various subjects here.

If anyone wants to design us a better logo for the project, let me know so I can give you our requirements.
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Old 03-23-2018, 04:40 AM   #46
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Thanks for the reply!

No worries re: releasing info prematurely. Glad you guys are dedicated to producing something of high quality. I can keep fooling around with what I have for now. There's still plenty to learn and my Shakepoko 3 arrives tomorrow so I need to make a home for it which will keep me busy for a while!

Congrats on getting the website up, it's looking great, as are the latest renders! I'll keep an eye on the forums for when they are open to sign-ups. For now, I've made use of the most important part of the site and dropped of a little care package to get you started toward your $250 goal.

Feel free to PM me your logo requirements too. I made Zorlac's "Touch Buddy" logo many, many years ago, maybe I can help with this one too.

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Old 03-23-2018, 02:34 PM   #47
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Thank AJ! Getting a donation, especially a sizable one this early on is inspiring!

I've enabled account creation over there. (Sorry for overlooking that. Oops!)

As far as getting a feel of electronics, play with the basics - arduino with DCS-BIOS, and interfacing toggle switches, pushbuttons, LEDs (don't forget your current limiting resistor or you will let the magic smoke out!), potentiometers, and rotary encoders.

Everything else will be more advanced and there will be tutorials on how to hook stuff up (eventually).
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:33 PM   #48
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Have you thought about offering some items like the gear, hook and wing fold handles along with maybe the various switch knobs via Shapeways?
Would allow you to sell some items to those who maybe don’t have access to a 3-d printer, while contributing some money towards the running of your site.
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:40 PM   #49
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It's something we have considered and haven't come to a conclusion on yet. If you don't have a 3D printer, this is going to be a long (or extra expensive) road.

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Old 03-23-2018, 10:30 PM   #50
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Hey please can you advise what 7 segment and displays you chose, I am having difficulty trying to find a 5 digit one that fits the UFC which I think is about 40mm x 13mm.

All the fleabay items from china state is a .36inch dimension but I have no idea what dimension it relates to!

Shapeways is a good idea, I would be interested in say perhaps the warning indicator panels.

Also, sorry about the questions, what are you doing for your jettison buttons, the ones that are rotaries with a push button on top??
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