SimRoom Design - 80" Tri-Screen Stand - Part 3

Published - 30 Aug 2013

In the last part of this series we look at the final concept of the 3 x 80” screen system. In the first parts (see here for Part 1 and Part 2 ) we looked at the initial brief and have followed the development through the “roasting period”. We cook the input and examine whats practical and makes for a good design. Depending on how far we get with a commission then defines how its is made. Thats another process again.

80” Tri-Screen - Design 3

The third and final revision brought a number of the previous “Pro and Con’s” into focus with answers.

After further revision the support struts were analysed under an engineering analysis package so we had a firm basis to continue. This also clarified the proportions and finer details like the attachment of high end speakers with cabling concealed.

The result was feasible and could be built in either cut sheet or cast components.

The other part of the equation is the market acceptance. We feel the big flat screens have their place but curved screen technology is the way forward. What this space……!

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SimRoom Design - 80" Tri-Screen Stand - Part 2

Published - 28 Aug 2013

In the previous part of this blog entry we gave the background to this design project. The design process progresses through a number of revisions based on the design brief. During the design brainstorming process we look for additional functionality. The objective is to get three functions or uses to any one item. That could be fixing, holding or a specific use.

80” Tri-Screen - Design 2

So the rear section of the base could be more functional and stylish. An enclosure for a PC plus PS3‘s or Xbox’s were considered. This would tidy the inter system cabling plus add a section for a heavier base. The cantilevered weight of the screens required more support directly under the fulcrum point. Hence the support struts were changed to arch over to this moment point. This missed one element as to how to integrate two high end front speakers.

  • Used our signature round tube.
  • Now had a place as a system enclosure.
  • The forces were spread better.
  • The rear support mechanism was simplified.
  • No place for speakers.
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SimRoom Design - 80" Tri-Screen Stand - Part 1

Published - 26 Aug 2013

SimRoom started it’s life with research in 2007 with the first product, VisionRacer VR3 released in 2009.

From day 1 we were focused on two ethics, “Better by Design” and a Japanese term “Kaizen” meaning “constant improvement”. To some the “Devil is in the detail” but to us “God is in the detail”. Hence we spend lots of time on things like the longevity, correct proportions and unsightly points like cable management.

Over this period we have worked on a range of product design commissions which would compliment the SimRoom products. We thought we would bring you an insight into a couple of these via the Blog.

The first point is not every design becomes a product. For one reason or the other either the practicality presents an issue or the products just don’t hit the market.

We engineer our products using SolidWorks and then various rendering engines.

Lets start with a client request a couple of years ago for triple 80” screens. Given money was no object how could we construct an integrated system for his no expense spared SimRoom? It started as a brief to support the screens proposed (Sharp AQUOS Quattron 80”). Our response was a concept which would hold the screens which then developed into a system including a housing for the PC, PS3’s and or multiple Xbox’s.

Without doubt we found a few issues with the actual making and operation of the massive viewing system and the clients final commitment to a development program. That aside, the point of this blog is to give an insight into some pretty cool SimRoom gear we have had designed. It may inspire a custom solution you had in mind.

Three design concepts developed and were considered. Lets look at each in these three parts. Tell us which one is best?

80” Tri-Screen - Design 1

This design followed our signature use of bent tubes for the base. We focused on the basic requirements which meant a load of discussion amongst our small team. The engineering has to meet the aesthetics so each element is “roasted” when put forward by David, Shaun or Ryan. This system was always going to be a custom made to order product so we had some leeway in materials, construction and manufacturing.

  • Based around our signature round tube.
  • Stability issues with cantilevered outside screens.
  • Overly complex at the rear with no specific purpose.
  • Exposed cabling.
  • In the next blog we will look at the second design.
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