DIY USB Wheel 02

Phase 2 – Prototyping

After finishing most of the design work I started with programming the firmware and building a first prototype out of Plywood.


Building the prototype is not all too complicated.

First I print out the 1:1 plan of the wheel
Since 320mm diameter is bigger than my DINA4-printer can handle, I print it on two sheets and glue them to the plywood board.

Next I drill out the holes for the buttons, switches and rotaries.

Finally I cut out everything. In plywood I use a fret saw, when doing the same in aluminium, I’m using a jig saw with a metal blade.

After mounting all the buttons and switches and adding the grips, I can finally test the reachability of all the buttons and I must say, I’m very satisfied with it.
All 3d-printed parts are printed very fragile, with only 1 top/bottom layer, 1 outer shell and 5% infill, so I don’t waste too much filament, if it doesn’t fit like intended.


It’s hard to show programming in pictures 🙂 but I have a short video of the configuration management part.
The wheel will be able to save up to >200 configurations, but I limited to 10 at the moment.
Each configuration has the following parameters:

  • BitePoint On/Off:
    – Off: Both clutch paddles will be seen as 2 seperate analogue axis of the joystick
    – On: Only one axis of the joystick will be used as clutch axis, with a bit point mode, where the 2nd paddle uses it’s whole way for just a little amount of clutch travel.
  • BitePoint Value:
    Value in percent, where the bitepoint is located. A good video description how to set it, is available from Fanatec.
  • 12Pos Mode:
    – Const: each position of the 12 position rotary switch will keep the according joystick button pressed, as long as it is selected (12 buttons per switch).
    – Pulse: each position will send a small on/off pulse of the corresponding joystick button (12 buttons per switch).
    – Enc: Encoder mode, turning the rotary switch left/right will send an on/off pulse of the corresponding joystick button (2 buttons per switch).

To enter configuration mode, I just have to press&hold both 2 funkyswitch buttons for 500ms, same to leave it again. Configuration is stored in EEPROM of the Arduino when leaving the menu.

Configuration Management

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