PT Actuator 5DOF Motion System Review Part1 “The Build”

Final thoughts on building the PT Actuator 5DOF motion platform. As you can see from the length of this video it is an involved process to build one of these kits. I would sum it up as a complex but not difficult build. There
are a lot of things you need to get done. But if you take your time, and do your due diligence, I think most anyone who is handy with tools could get it done correctly. The build quality of the parts and actuators from PT Actuator are very good. From the assembly hardware to the industrial type parts I feel like this assembly will stand the test of time. Things like the heavy duty pivot bearing an pivot pin, the custom TL actuator bracket that allows the actuator to follow the arc of TL movement without binding. The quality aviation syle connectors, with cabling to match. There a lot of custom bracketry pieces that are made in house at PT Actuators factory. And With the exception of the Surge bracket bolt clearence issue, they all fit without any dramas. The linear rails and carrier bearings in the kit seem to be of good quality and have a heavy feel to them. Just what you want for parts that will
be carrying a lot of the load. Which brings us to the actuators that PT actuator manufactures at their factory. The are hand down the beefiest looking actuators I have had in the SRG to date. With 70mm diameter piston rod
housings and 50mm piston rods, they give you the impression of being able to handle whatever you throw at them. The brackets used mount them are heavy steel units that are secured to the motion chassis with no less
than 8 M8 bolts each. Which follows the theme I encountered through out the build phase, of being a heavy duty solid system. I have had several people over to the SRG during this build process and all of them felt the same
way. Now this is part one of a three part review series I will be doing on the PT Actuator 5 DOF motion system. Part two will be covering all the electronics, wiring, cabling and controller hardware bits. With Part 3 covering the
configuration of the supporting software elements and real time testing of the system in different driving disciplines.

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