Monthly Archives: March 2019

Graphiter Software

GRAPHITER

 

 

So what is Graphiter well read on below and find out more….

So there is so many different things we call art. Whether it’s using a paint brush with watercolours to using the air brush on some clay board.

There is also the tech route that is really popular between the modern artist. This shapes into the form of digital art software called Graphiter.

Now this is a new area for me coming from pencil and a rubber to a airbrush and a board and not forgetting my 3D printed models I do.

So over the last year or so been using Photoshop for my new digital training and it’s probably the best software out there.

Software can be used in many different ways and applications. Now like most things these days it’s now become a subscription based software.

Most like me, don’t like to be trapped into a subscription.

But then thought..

There something out there that’s just for drawing and getting those urges to draw done without having to log in find the correct plugin or pencil style.

Well there is one little bit of software that i found on the Microsoft store called Graphiter.

This software is a little gem. Ok there is tons of software out there yet to try but this one I found to be really good.

What’s even better, its free too. Must add there is options to buy new tools cheap too!! But from my initial play with this software I pressed try toit’s still working.

So maybe its free now as it’s an old program dating back to its first launch in 2014.

So once you have it installed and are cracking your fingers to get ready you open up and you’re welcome screen is upon you.

What’s so good about this software?

  •  Free to use and we all like free software
  • No frills art software to get those doodles done or that next big art project.
  • supplied with endless digital pencils, rubbers and endless paper.
  • Can be used on any pc with or without a drawing monitor.

So my closing thoughts are if you are looking for something that’s easy to navigate and use then give this a try out. I’m certainly be using this a lot more than Photoshop for now.

I hope this is an informative article and hope you will enjoy Graphiter.

 

TT Isle of Man: The Game Coming to Switch

 

 

 

KT Games have confirmed TT Isle of Man: The Game will release on Nintendo Switch this May.

Benefitting from an increasing number of racing game related content in recent months, the latest title to come to Nintendo Switch has been confirmed – TT Isle of Man: The Game. Initially launching for PC and the big hitting consoles from Sony and Microsoft…

TT Isle of Man: The Game Coming to Switch

Dirt Rally Fest Stage Three

DIRT RALLY FEST STAGE THREE

Dirt Rally Fest Stage Three has begun. Times are being laid down already and the driver of the last event is struggling to maintain the top spot. We have now 15 drivers getting involved and if you want to join in then get in touch on our Facebook page at top of the our website.

 Car:              Metro 6r4
      Country:      New Zealand
       Area:            Hawkes place
 Stage:          Ti awanga
         Conditions: Dry/gravel/day

 

Wind Simualtion kit

Wind Simulation Kit

There comes a time in your sim racing life that we all look for something a little bit extra. 

So we have Vibrations in the form of butt kickers and transducers. Virtual reality and motion but one thing that’s missing is wind Simulation.

This is something that’s been of interest for a while and getting it right is something we wanted to achieve.

So after talking with my friend Jed freeman from SimTech racing . They looked over the idea and said they would like to help bring this idea to life.

Coming up with a name was a tricky one we banged heads for a while trying to come up with a name that would be great to say and not feel cheesy.

Wind Sim was the final name and it seems to fit the product well. After this was decided we wanted to see how we could get this all looking neat and not thrown together.

The Hub

 

the hub front

So the case was going to be designed by SimTech Racing. It had to look neat and good air flow.

This design has been used many times from their osw range of boxes and performs well. The box will be smaller than the osw boxes as the components for this are smaller.

The backend is well placed out and there is two outputs to the win flow fans, more on those shortly.

backend

These connections are of excellent quality and as always SimTech racing only use top quality components to give you, the user the best experience possible but keeping the price down.

Also you can see the fan to keep the components all cool and is very quite and barely hear any sound from it that you literally have to check to see if it’s on but fear not, there is a light on the front to let you know. Comes supplied with 3 pin uk plug and usb cable to connect to your pc.

side view with air vents

 

 

Sea Flow Fans

When it comes to wind you need some kind of fan to blow over you to simulate this effect. There is some on the market but my thoughts are these fans are only small and barely give enough wind to simulate real wind effects.

original sea flow fans no cheap parts here

So we have to come up with a better solution and this is the Sea Flo Fans. These are probably the best ones to use as they are well designed and can handle a lot of wind and their rating is 270cfm. As they already come in a really decent designed case, we felt we would leave them as they are for now. these come with proper shielded cabling too.

looking sexy

Venturi Adapters

There is two venturi adapters to connect to your table or rig using the provided butterfly clips (4″). Also along with the Venturi’s you will be supplied enough duct hosing in black to give the rig a sleek look and shoot the air up to you in your seat.

Venturi designed by simtechracing

 

These can either be velcro or hard bolted onto your rig or table with some bolts. We managed to connect mine to the simracinghardware dashboard i have with Velcro.

There is other also some wind deflectors being tested at the time of this article and look forward to seeing that soon, These are smaller adapters than the Venturi and can be fully moved about to give the best position possible and the inner fins can be moved round like a real car does to achieve the ultimate experience.

 

SimHub Software

So you will need some software to run this wind sim kit and that comes in the form of simhub.

This is the best software out there for wind sim. With it being fully open source for all to use we decided we didn’t want to make our own as that would cost more money and time which in return will reflect the price. We didn’t want to try to use simhub and change it a little, to then charge the consumer, which I feel is totally wrong in my opinion. After all its open source.

But SimHub deserves something in return right? Well yes and we agree too. So for every purchase made we will donate money to the owner of sim hub and you will receive the donator edition in the kit. Just our little bit as the owner has spent man hours perfecting this brilliant software.

So time to give you a little look wind sim in action and ManCave UK recently made a short video on the wind sim running, take a look and see for your self how windy this can be. All purchases can be made from SimTechRacing HERE

 

 

 

 

 

SimTechRacing Pedal Kit Review

SimTechRacing Pedal Kit Review

 

 

Website -: Pedal kit Here

Fancy a set of SimTechRacing Pedal Kit with a hydraulic braking system with a difference., Well look no further than this kit, Over last year I have been helping SimTech Racing with their progression of these pedals,

A while ago we did a review on the previous set.

Sadly I lost most of my work but I’m sure you can remember the first set I got here below is the video I did. it was one of my first reviews so please excuse me if it not on par!!

So with the new updated version and i must say the old ones are perfect and couldn’t be happier but progress is progress and we like to try new ideas.

This kit combines top end components. These come without the bells and whistles on but the quality is top end also.

With their experience they have in real life motor sports with their sponsorship with ben palmer they can guarantee their work is always spot on.

Now this excellence comes with a 12 month warranty. In the years I have known SimTech Racing I yet to have an issue. If I did I know they would sort anything out either via phone or team viewer, they even help with the installation of any of their products too. 

 

 

So longs you’re not worried about all the bling and fancy pots that you see, which i might add don’t have no real use, apart from looks and the wow factor.

Want a set that works how they should and comes with either direct connection to their osw kit or the usb version if your yet to buy a osw.

A fraction of the price of some pedals out on the market.

Before we carry on there is nothing wrong with the fancy Tilton and alike, they are nice. Yet to try a set myself, so can’t comment on them to compare.

Never know I might get a review set to put up against these ones one day!!.

list of components that go into these kits.

Clutch Brake and Accelerator
2 connection options Direct to SimuCube (X11 Socket) or USB
Billet Aluminium Pedals
Closed loop system, no leaks
Fully adjustable brake feel
Basic Clutch Operation
High Quality components
Optional base plate with heel pad
Easy calibration
Extremely strong custom pedal box

See website at top for price and any questions then please get in touch.  If you want a review of your product you can also find me on our social media hubs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK BUILT 3D PRINTER BLOG

UK BUILT 3D PRINTER BLOG

AKA THE BIG BUILD PROJECT

Introduction

(This will be quite a long on going how to… prob the worlds longest!!)

The 3D printing world has become saturated these days with cloned printers and components which some are good and some can leave disastrous effects.

This leads up to my question numerous times on social media –

“Do all these cheap components and printers come at a cost to the consumer?”.

I am not against printers and components from around the world. There is truly some great things out there but there is some garbage too.

Personally, the old saying “You get what you pay for”. This shouldn’t  be used no matter what the cost. As It should meet the standards, just like our conditions and regulations in the UK and other EU countries.

3D Printers seem to be more frequently made in factories by staff that don’t have time to take care of the job at hand, This mostly due to having to make certain deadlines.

Creality warehouse production 

So the idea came about to make my own 3D printer. The goal is to build a UK supplied  3D Printer all from in the UK.

First off a big thank you to the following suppliers, who helped or sponsored the big build project. With their kind help and support, I couldn’t achieve this project.

So please go check them out.

E3D-online

Duet3D

Ooznest

3DPrintz

Subscribe to our YouTube channel  HERE hit that subscribe and the bell to keep informed as to when the next episode goes live.

Below is the list of all episodes 

  1. Intro Big Build and our sponsors. (completed) youtube
  2. Building the right hand side. (completed) youtube
  3. Starting to assemble the frame.(completed) youtube
  4. installation of duet3d and touch-screen and aluminium plate. (completed, video incoming)
  5. wiring of the duet 3d wifi and expansion board.psu (may/june)
  6. E3d-0nline water cooling system (june)

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Episode One

So we are finally getting to start building the right hand side of the big build project!

I initially did have trouble with the square nut’s fitting in the v slot’s, the ones I did order had a rounded edge.

This stopped the nut from sliding into the v slot of the extrusion. Please bear that in mind and don’t make the same mistake I did.

By the end i had to use T nuts instead. These do work, however,  there a little fiddly for my finger’s. These are smaller than my usual ones I have on my simulator rig but they should be ok for everyone else.

The right idler was a bit of a challenge from the start, getting those bearings to line up with the washer in the middle to then feed the hex bolt through was a fiddly task to do.

PETG from 3Dprintz Ltd

It took me several attempts to get it right and I probably did it wrong. The tolerances of the opening’s are very tight and there is no room for adjustments.

If you are short on time be wary of this as it can take up a bit to get done.

Once I finally conquered the idler, the rest was fairly straight forward. I feel there must be a better way to do this that I may have missed but we got there eventually!

idler fits snug onto the extrusion perfect!

Finally the right idler is complete and attached to extrusion ,when you get the knack of doing this for a while, it does become fairly easy to do, so don’t be put off by me and how I struggled with it at beginning.

Now I don’t want to make these articles too long. If there is anything that you would like to see or want to get involved then please send me a message.

Overall the first episode was a challenge but thoroughly enjoyed the process and I overcome some challenges that did try to stop me.

Episode two

New workshop area

T nuts and corner brackets

The big build project is back in full swing albeit a minor delay.

This was due to having a revamp and actually getting setup in the Man Cave at last. After all, that’s the name of my website and my aim is to run and use the cave for all my 3D printing and other hobbies.

So without further hesitation let’s crack on.

We are looking at getting the bed assembled. Once we get that finished the left and right sides can finally be connected to each other.

There was some slight issues with one corner but managed to fit it after a bit of persuasion.

So my thoughts on the build so far. For a minute

We got through the hardest part of getting the frame put together. As mentioned in the video, Went ahead and squared up the frame and wasn’t far off, so was very happy there.

Black Extrusion is wonderful but can be a nightmare too. Having previous experiences with it  trying to be really careful not to scratch it was cumbersome but manageable job.

We have an actual frame to work with, First impressions are really good, The black makes the red PETG stand out really well and is supplied by 3D Printz.

Extrusion from Ooznest is really nice and smooth and no blemishes. There Black is really nice and the ends are tapped too. So you can secure the frame nice and tight against the brackets.

Ooznest Highly recommended Service. They go out of their way to help you with your orders and ideas like with the D Bot they shipped mine really quick. Did have to wait on the stepper motors and Ryan kept me informed till they arrived. well done lads.

     Nicely packed and no a mark on them.

D-bot is really nice bit of kit. Found it to be really strong and found no wobble with the 3D printed parts. Some comments on social media about printed parts is, They don’t like a printer with 3D parts. why not? let us know your views on this.

Well I think, if done correctly with PETG or ABS it is really strong and stable and you can choose your colours as well. Yes we could go out and spend more on aluminium parts. Sadly then the cost is going up way over what I would like to pay and achieve.

So went on to install the parts needed to get the bed onto the frame, using the supplied parts shown in the photo below, We get to make the z axis that connects the bed to the frame. This part was fairly simple to do, it consist of  one bolt two bearings one washer and a nut and a petg spacer.

                                                        bolts and spacers made from 3dprintz ltd petg

Seeing as my spacers where a little on the tight side, I had to get the cordless drill out and just shave the inside a little and then it was good to go.

EPISODE THREE

Some time has past hasn’t it, since we cracked on with the build. Sadly things got in the way like I explained in my what’s happening article HERE

So things have progressed sadly not as I would of liked, I had a vision of doing stage by stage but then my health decided to go down hill and before you knew it months have gone by and nothing got done.

But I have made some progress in between times I felt I could do something and I at least took enough photos to give you all a idea of what’s been done.

 

                          bed frame mounted

You can see now that I have made up the bed using the z axis mounting brackets. Not sure on the 4 wheeled version and may change those to something else. Also I should of actually added some eccentric nuts so they could be more dialled in but we will carry on and if needs be we can whip those on.

I also decided to add a front extrusion with two more z axis mounts to give it a bit more strength as it felt a little to flimsy.

                          z axis brackets

So now we got that part all done I got the bed base to install. Now I have seen many ways to do this part and my way of thinking was ‘ what can I use to make base sit on with the springs and be adjustable’. Hmmm.. bring on my base brackets.

     bolt washer and springs from ooznest

        what is needed to make one corner

 

Didn’t want to print some brackets, so thought, I got some spare corner ones and yep they will work…I hope!!.

Fairly chuffed at this idea of mine and gave me a sense of achievement probably not the best but to me it was.

Once I connected them to each corner after I nervously drilled the bed holes in each corner, actually was fairly easy and done in a jiffy.

 

 

              corner

Now comes the fiddly part. The.. I didn’t quite take into consideration on how to install it. Getting the bed to sit steady on the springs and tighten them down was a mission.

Now remember folks my hands are in a bad way. Not had my hand operation as yet but after some huffing and puffing we got it done.

bed installed side angle

So now came the idea whilst I was working on the bed that I should really look at a third z axis to stabilize the back. Me thinking all this weight from the off centre could potentially cause some issues.

So we ended up printing another z axis bracket. I could of ran the third in series but thought no sod it and brought the expansion board. Least this way I have some over head if I wanted to add things on.

 

 

 

                                3 z axis

So me in my lets get on and not plan the part we should of put the thermal heater on first…hmm. I know what you going to say. Anyway managed to turn the printer upside down and stick the ooznest thermal heater to the bottom of the bed. Mission complete.

 

 

 

                          ooznest

So whilst I been resting my hands as they got really bad. Managed to print off the 3D case for the duet3d motherboard and 7 inch touch screen. At this point I didn’t buy the expansion card so will need to make a new design to hold both in same case. Not seen many I like so going to design my own in my fusion 360 program.

But here is the case for the screen and the duet3d wifi board.

            7 inch touchscreen by duet3d

     touch screen mounted and duet3d wifi 

So as you can see I managed to get some way into the build now and I am pleased with my progress. From a person who only used a Wanhao i3 duplicator and a ender 3, managed to build my own 3d printer from scratch…well nearly from scratch!!

 

So we are now all caught up and ready to hit the next stage. Which is the wiring section.

Now with this part does come the usual warnings of playing with 240volts can seriously damage your health and your house.

I take no responsibility, if you copy me and you end up being charcoaled, so please if in doubt ask a fully qualified electrician because I learnt from experience that being blown back 5 foot is not nice was it Mr ender 3!!.

Luckily I have a good fuse box with rcd units in place.

To Be Continued Shortly, I am working on it updated 15/5/19 !!

 

Would you like to be part of the big build project, have something to offer or would like to me to review a product. Please get in touch. you can find us on facebook, instagram, twitter and youtube too!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RDTV: Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive Wheel Review

We get some time behind the wheel of the Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 direct drive wheel.

Been fortunate enough to have had plenty of experience with direct drive wheels in our time, in fact We got the SimCube OSW device attached to my rig right now, but we have never had the opportunity to spend much quality time with the Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 wheel… until now.

Having taken hold of the most current in the range of direct drive wheels from Leo Bodnar just prior to Christmas, was excited to get it bolted to my rig and put it through its paces. A number of both old and new racing sims From golden oldies like Race07 by SimBin, right the way though to the latest and greatest on offer from Kunos Simulazioni. The benefits of the DD really did shine through right from the very start.

Immediately before one even spends any serious time within your sim of choice, you are struck by the simplicity of setting up the wheel software.

Unlike the OSW devices of which we more familiar with, the SimSteering2 presents the user with a relatively sparse amount of customization opportunities within its own software.

Initially this caused some concern, as we understandably feared that lack of options would equate to minimal opportunity to tweak the wheel to our liking within my sim of choice.

However these fears would prove to be unfounded once we took to the virtual circuit. Very quickly the minimal amount of tweaking and editing required would become one of the strongest features of the wheel. Without having to spend hours making adjustments and researching on the internet, We found a very solid and satisfying experience almost straight out of the box.

Anyone reading this who’s gone down the rabbit hole of wheel adjustment testing with other manufacturers, will no doubt share my beliefs that driving is far more fun than near endless tweaking and testing.

With setup now quickly and easily taken care of, it was time for the fun to start. As I said earlier, I’ve given this a good test in many of the key sims, and in each and every one the improvements were noticeable and impressive, none more so than with rFactor 2, where using a DD wheel like this lifts the simulation into a brand new range of greatness… pretty much reason enough to go out and join the DD bandwagon all on its own…

Now I’m not going to spend time here discussing the wheel in more detail. You can check the video out above at the head of the article for that, but what I will end on is this:

The Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 is very expensive, but cash is all relative to your own situation and expectations. After all, what price can you put on love at first sight.

Find out more about Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive wheel HERE.


Article first shown on race department.

Paul Jeffrey

RaceDepartment Editor-in-Chief

RDTV: Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive Wheel Review

iRacing: 2019 Season 2 Build Released

iRacing have deployed a new build to the simulation today – adding plenty of new content and a raft of fixes and improvements to the simulation.

Another month and another ridiculous sized update for iRacing is here! Due to the word limit on our articles I’ll be keeping this one short, and leaving you to enjoy a couple of trailers, and one big old change log…

‘Daytona Rising’ – Graphical Update Trailer

iRacing: 2019 Season 2 Build Released

My controller review of Dirt Rally 2.0

My controller review of Dirt Rally 2.0

Author Tom Jones

So, a few things that I should get out of the way in the interest of fairness. I absolutely love this game so everything said should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Also haven’t tried every car in the game and I have only briefly touched rallycross. Bare in mind i’m only playing on a controller now as I do not have my steering wheel in university with me hence the controller review. So, on with the review.

 

Dirt Rally 2.0 is of course the much-hyped sequel to Dirt Rally. The game that made Codemasters realise how big the following of sim racing is.

First experience of this game came at the Autosport show this year at the Xite rallycross teams stand. Where we got chance to give rallycross ago.

During our short 3 minutes on that pre-release build we knew straight away that we was going to love this game!

The way the cars handling changes so much on the surface and the control felt while sliding this car around filled my heart with joy.

 

When loading it up on the pc for the first time, it didn’t go quite so smoothly! As a deluxe edition owner, got the extra cars for free straight away and chose to go with the Rally GT Porsche 911 to begin with.

BIG MISTAKE!

What we realised very quickly is that the game like its predecessor is very unforgiving on the stages and quickly destroyed that car.

With that in mind decided that we needed to scale it back a bit. So picked up a Fiesta R2T and this car is so much fun to throw around, its untrue.

I can remember the first stage. Poland. (not going to try spell the stage name) round one.

I blasted off into this stage confident that my new slower machine would be tameable and quick. In hindsight, thinking that any car in dirt rally is tameable was a mistake!

Think i made about 4 corners into the stage before clipping the bank and over and over the car went.

 

Some people had mentioned that they felt that the stages were too narrow but happen to disagree. Even on a controller I am able to let and R5 Fiesta slide round corners and keep it in position and off the banks.

Feel that the width of the stages is realistic, and I love the challenge. Finding that even with the controller on Dirt 2.0 I can put in quick times.

Currently in my career mode I am about to progress into the 4th difficulty level and I’m enjoying every second of it, even if it is a little hard to place the car exactly where I want it on some stages.

The feeling I get through the controller is good enough to know if the car has broken traction or if it is about to and I need to push a little less to maintain control.

 

One thing that I do not like about the game that may surprise people is that because of the issues shortly after the deluxe editions launch, they gave players who owned this edition £1millon for free, and if anything this ruined the grinding aspect of the game a little bit.

 

Allowing people to have access to the R5 class straight away which disappointed me because finally getting enough winnings to unlock a 2010 WRC car on dirt rally 1 was one of the best feelings.

A major thing that I do not like about the game is that the single player is online only. This is annoying when on my uni wifi which often cuts out.

Also think that if they could get more livery options as standard from cars that are running in national championships such as the BRC would be cool.

 

 

To summarise this review. I would give Dirt Rally 2.0 a 95/100 because of the issues mentioned above, but I would also like to say that the feeling when driving cars flat out on this game, to me is far better than any other game out there.

Tom Jones Author For ManCave UK

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Assetto Corsa Competizione – SRO E-Sport Series Trailer

SRO ESPORT GT Series

Kunos Simulazioni and AK Informatica published a video trailer teasing the upcoming Assetto Corsa Competizione SRO eSport GT Series competition.

The post Assetto Corsa Competizione – SRO E-Sport Series Trailer appeared first on Bsimracing.

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