OUR NEW GENERATION OF MOTION-CUEING SYSTEMS EXPLAINED

D-BOX Technologies Inc. is proud to introduce “D-BOX Gen II” (for 2nd generation) actuators. This latest evolution of its motion-cueing solutions gives adopters an unprecedented range of creativity and flexibility, yet stays true to the ease of deployment and cost efficiency the company is recognized for.

Since this transition may affect any products enhanced with D-BOX motion systems, this is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about D-BOX Gen II please get in touch with our experts, visit this page.

D-BOX will keep servicing all Gen-I products. If any part needs replacement, D-BOX will provide the equivalent.

Gen II is a major update of D-BOX suite of hardware and software.

  • New Actuators (Horizontal or Vertical placements made possible)
  • New Actuator Control Module (ACM) Gen II (to manage new actuators and replace the previous ACM Generation)
  • New ending (Omnidirectional endings to replace Gen 1 directional endings. New Ball Joint endings.)
  • AIF program allowing to reprogram ACMs to allow relative actuators definition (Quad, Triad, Dual, position, assigned DOF)
  • Firmware update via D-BOX website (allowing independent and controlled evolution of firmware by customers themselves)
  • Existing 3 DOF motion codes are natively supported
  • Motion codes evolution to 6 DOF will be progressively done by D-BOX or based on demand from adopters

The D-BOX Gen II actuators are able to generate motion cues both vertically and horizontally. This means the integrators will have more freedom of movement in three-dimensional space (6 DOF) platforms creating total flexibility once they are integrated.

D-BOX provides actuator kits and software integration. With this change, we are completely committed to our core mission and will continue to promote a very scalable offer.

To ensure that D-BOX users can build solutions with just the right DOF they need, the actuators approach makes the most sense.

D-BOX is also providing services to help integrators validate their configurations and hardware integrations so they can build their motion platforms (including the new 6DOFs made possible by Gen II)

To make the installation and the maintenance of our systems easier, there is now an option to add a quick connector between the actuator motor and the ACM. The quick connector is located 28 inches from the motor for easy access but can still be concealed in the architecture for aesthetic purposes.

In keeping with our long-standing commitment to give customers the ability to build on their investment, D-BOX designed the new Gen II to be retro-compatible with all existing D-BOX Motion Code software.

The evolution of motion codes to 6 DOF will be progressively completed by D-BOX or looked after based on demand from adopters.

Formally used in the Gen-I lower stroke systems, the Kai-1P is no longer available. The new  Gen-II solution features the KCU-1P.

The KCU-1P connects directly to the USB port just like the Kai-1P, but is no longer recognized as an audio device by the computer. If you were using audio signals to control the actuator system, please contact us so we can help you reprogram your system to correspond with our motion coding standards.

To activate its multiple features, the KCU-1P needs a power input. See the image of the back end for reference.

1. Actuator mechanics

The modifications made to the systems include changes in the overall actuator dimensions. All motors (250lb, 400lb, 500lb) are now equipped with a device for new horizontal positioning. This addition adds approximately 0.5 inch to the global actuator size.

The mechanics of the 1.5-inch (i series) actuator have changed considerably in size and form. The mechanics are now shorter and its fixation holes are different. There is no nylon screw anymore and we have added a sleeve to guide the mechanism.

2. Actuator cables

All the cables located between the ACM and the actuator motor have been standardized to 63 inches to allow more length for yaw motion. The cable length was previously 63 inches for all 6IN actuators and 51 inches for all 1.5IN and 3IN actuators.

3. ACM and step-down transformer

There are no changes to the ACM dimensions or its step-down transformer.

4. Captive endings

See related section.

5. Quick connect system

See related section.

Connection for Gen-I systems

Connection for Gen-II systems (single)

Connection for Gen-II multi-systems

Yes. The captive ending concept has been updated. As you can see on our spec sheets, there are more options now. Please note that fitting a Gen-I ending on any Gen-II actuators is not recommended.

There are 3 different types of captive endings that adapt to the different actuator models. We can help you with your selection but the following table will summarizes how they are classified.

The new captive endings (1) come in 2 parts when they are ordered:

  1. The main body which adapts to your actuators.
  2. The ‘’space retainer’’ which adapts to your DOF.

The three spacer-retainers and their correct usage are outlined in the following diagrams:

The threads of the actuator endings are slightly different. Refer to the following table for more details.

For details on the new captive endings, please refer to the Captive Ending User Guide.

The AIF is a program embedded in the ACM. It is determined by the actuator position on the platform and defines how the motion signal will be transmitted to each individual actuator.

The systems are now programmed as follows:

  • 2xBACK for 2x actuator system
  • 2xFRONT/2xBACK for 4x actuator system
  • 1xFRONT/2xBACK for 3x actuator system

If your architecture requires a custom AIF, you will need to program it into your ACM once you receive your system from our Configuration Manager. The Configuration Manager is available for download on our website and you can refer to its installation guide for more information on how to use it.

You can dowload the Configuration Manager here.

No. We are committed to our typical lead time of 15 business days.