Get Exactly What You Want
Stephen looked to 80/20 because "I could build exactly what I wanted with no compromise." All the retail options he found involved having to give up either strength or mobility. He used a combination of 10 and 15 series profiles to keep the simulator light but solid without over-kill and notes that “structure-wise I realized I didn't need to go with the 15 series everywhere to get the rigidity I wanted."
From Demo to Creation
Stephen wanted to get a feel for the product before and during his build so he visited a distributor and interacted with the profiles, parts, accessories and tools on the demo gurney. Stephen noted that "I couldn't have done what I did without having the hands-on." It is a great way to help in the design and decision-making process before investing resources. He also valued the fact that the distributor had stock profiles and parts, saving him considerable money in shipping costs.
The versatility of 80/20 allowed Stephen to build a design with all of his specific requirements; look at the inverted pedals and custom steering wheel! Stephen also found the flexibility and modularity enabled by fastening plates to be crucial to his design; he wanted to be able to reconfigure and adjust his simulator to obtain optimum positioning and allow for new parts or accessories. With 80/20, Stephen says "I can have my cake and eat it too."