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Xbox Flexure Joystick Make You Feel Like Pilot Of A Jet

With the recent release of Microsoft Flight Simulator on the Xbox Series X|S, it’s a great time to consider getting a flight stick for the console. There are many third-party options available for purchase, but why not have some fun and make one yourself?

If you have a well-calibrated 3D printer, you can create and put together this joystick designed by [Akaki Kuumeri] that attaches directly to the Xbox controller. This joystick is cleverly designed to take advantage of 3D printing’s capability to create compliant mechanisms, or flexures. The assembly doesn’t require any additional springs or fasteners, thanks to the design.

The free version available on Thingiverse offers movement for the controller’s right analog stick. However, if you’re willing to spend $30 USD on the complete version, you’ll get additional levers that can connect to the face and shoulder buttons of the controller for a more immersive gaming experience. There’s also an optional throttle attachment for the left side of the controller, which you can skip if you prefer saving print time.

For a more in-depth look at the joystick’s design concept, [Akaki] provides detailed explanation in the accompanying video. Essentially, the use of flexures in the joystick’s base created the necessary space to accommodate mechanical linkages for all the other buttons.

This isn’t the first time [Akaki] has utilized 3D printed components to modify a console controller for flight simulator usage. In a previous project, a simplified version of this concept incorporated ball-and-socket joints to control the Xbox’s analog sticks. Additionally, he transformed a PlayStation DualShock controller into an impressive flight yoke that could be mounted on a desk.

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