Hello, I was following the Thanos boards, and intended to buy the 6DOF controller. Then i stumbled on this great little board in order to make a quite simple OSW wheel. I ordered the board, ordered all other parts, and im waiting to arrive. My TDD board got lost at the postal service, and without hesitation, Thanos send me a replacement board. This is Service witha a capital "S" !! I really love this, and it gives a very good faith in this seller. Now, the board arrived after all, and the replacement is on its way. I made an arrangement with this seller, as i do not want 2 boards for the price of one!
Board looks well made, but theres no description, manual or something like this, so you really need to get it all from the online information. (which is more than sufficient by the way).
Even though im not able to test yet, i give this setter a A+ without hesitation!
Servo motion controller received successfully a few months ago despite delays in the context of coronavirus. It seems that everything is ok and it fits in the 3d printed encloseure. I'm waiting to finish mounting the sxf 100 to test how it works and writte new review
July 15, 2020
Works as advertised but could use a bit of improvement.
The Thanos is a good controller and does everything it is advertised to do. It is worth the price but for almost $400 CAD it could use a little refinement in a few areas.
1. No enclosure - I realize that you can order one from PT-actuators that comes with a nice aluminum case but they are never in stock. This board requires 3D printing a case which isn’t a big deal but I guess it could be if you don’t have your printer. 2. No USB cable - had to go and buy one just to get it working. Not a big deal they are cheap but again for the price I expected a little more. 3. Shipping took a long time. I ordered on June 6 and it just arrived on July 15, over a month later (to Canada). I understand delays due to COVID but it would be nice to have the option to upgrade shipping even if it costs a little more.
Don’t want to turn anyone off from getting the controller - it works amazing and it is really the best option for a DIY motion sim but again it is quite expensive and could use a bit of refinement.
Response from Thanos Motion Electronics LLC | July 15, 2020
Thank you for your feedback Christian,
I sure understand all mentioned areas of improvement. This is still DIY solution that can be adapted to a large combination of simulators or actuator arrangements, thus including a standard length USB cable maybe will be too short or too long. Same goes with the DB25 cables that I don't provide as well. Regarding the metal enclosure, you can contact PT-Actuator for only the metal enclosure, they will be happy to send you only that if you can't access a 3D printer for a PLA enclosure. Regarding the shipping delays, all USPS options, even Express are subject to same delays during these last months, its not going to get anything faster. The only unaffected courier service I seen is FedEx but with 160USD cost its just too expensive to use.
This is it! If you are building a motion platform and are wondering how to control the motors, look no further.
The controller was super easy to set up. The fact that --> I <-- was able to do it in minutes stands testament to how simple it is. On his website I found beginner friendly step by step instructions to set up the AASD Servodrivers. I even switched to this thing AFTER I invested ~6 months finding and implementing another solution that "somewhat" worked. Never regretted the change! I wish I had found this earlier.
I am using the controller with those motors: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32871955260.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.1b0e52abPnEY68&algo_pvid=b16f3ac7-6e8c-4d42-bc94-2aa0ca73d485&algo_expid=b16f3ac7-6e8c-4d42-bc94-2aa0ca73d485-12&btsid=0b0a119a15824633833246834ee8c7&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_
Been using it for a few months now, without a hitch.
All thumbs up!!
Response from Thanos Motion Electronics LLC | Feb. 24, 2020
Thank you Frank! I'll be improving the documentation to reflect latest firmware changes soon.
Time it took controller to get to address was little over two weeks, from La Mesa to Lithuania. If you are outsider and willing to buy one I suggest checking out you customs rules as declaration might be needed to receive product. Controller was well packaged, had no issues soldering it together as in video explained. I wish there was a simple dummy tutorial/manual to get different systems (ac/dc/servo/etc.) running and illustrated with wiring diagrams. Over-all most info could be found on Thanos page. He is responsive, cares about customers and communicate well. Interested in future products, continuation of this existing one.