In case you’ve previously tried it, you’ve probably noticed two things: the Xbox controller isn’t
Kuumeri’s answer was to create and 3D print a sophisticated adapter that attaches to an Xbox controller, converting it into a flight stick instead.
There are no metal parts, gears, or screws anywhere in this hack, which makes it all the more astounding!
In addition to some superglue, it’s built entirely of PLA plastic (polylactic acid), which is the easiest and most affordable material to use in a 3D printer.
Because plastic can be bent repeatedly without deforming or breaking, Kuumeri’s flying stick uses thin sheets of the material to build fully functional plastic hinges that simulate a more complex ball joint like those found in most joysticks and joystick controllers.
Flight controls were remapped to the right joystick on an Xbox Series X controller using plastic linkages, while the thumb buttons on top of the flight stick translate presses into action buttons on the controller, allowing throttle, flaps, and even the aircraft’s trim to be all controlled by the gamepad’s action buttons.
The controller does not need to be modified in order to use the add-on. Using a 3D model of the gamepad, it clamps onto the side and stays securely attached until it’s removed, saving time and money.
For the time being, it doesn’t appear that Kuumeri will be selling the finished flying stick addition, but they have made the 3D models and files available to anyone interested in printing their own, with compatibility promised for both Xbox Series S and X controllers, and the Xbox One.
Kuumeri claims it’s an easy print and there are no support materials that have to be removed or sanded away afterward, but they warn that “you will need to have a well-tuned printer for the joints to have proper tolerances. Otherwise, you will have to fine-tune your print settings, or sand and shave some of the parts.”
growing Geeks Community of 3000+ & counting..
Get fast access to gadgets, tech news & deals!
Thank you for subscribing.
Something went wrong.