College

College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2021-05-06 08:55:09

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

4600:497-001

Number of Credits

4

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021

Abstract

The Sim Wheel Hand Controls kit is an open-source project for disabled individuals to experience simulation racing. The project converts a Thrustmaster TX foot pedal set into hand-operated brake and throttle controls. The module uses elements from the pedal set, a 3D printed housing and commonly available hardware. The Do-It-Yourself nature of the project allows the product to be inexpensive and accessible compared to its single competitor. A website was created to share the 3D printing files, detailed instruction manual and resources provided free by the University of Akron. The team found the module to be ergonomic, durable, realistic, and comfortable for several hand sizes of users. Most importantly, this product gives racers the ability to remain competitive against those who are racing by traditional means. This report details the product development process, testing procedures, results and community outreach involved in creating and distributing the Sim Wheel Hand Controls kit.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Scott Sawyer

First Reader

Dr. Ajay Mahajan

Second Reader

Dr. Alper Buldum

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Scott Sawyer

Signature_Page_SWHC Project.pdf (247 kB)
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