Industry Insider: SimCraft
gray interlocking frames making up a cockpit-looking contraption behind piles of cardboard boxes
Buried under these boxes is a fully enclosed flight simulator that SimCraft has been building for several years. They still do the flight thing.

The principles of motion simulation they employ are sound, and they’re capable of building just about any type of vehicle simulator to order. This particular unit is a second revision on a full custom simulator that was built to a customer’s demanding specification. SimCraft felt that they could consumerize things a little better, and this is an ongoing project. But, given the global situation, it’s had to take a back burner as the demand for motorsport simulation is through the roof.

But what goes into a $125,000 motion simulator like an Apex6 Pro? And what kind of options exist for those of us that can’t buy a race car’s worth of racing simulator? Let’s find out.


pile of MSI and Tilton boxes surrounded by other boxes
Tilton and MSI are not the type of companies you expect to see next to one another.

This is the world of sim racing, though, and a powerful PC is a crucial component in what goes into a SimCraft simulator.


industrial shelving with nvidia RTX video cards, Aorus motherboards, and other PC components
Did we walk into a Fry’s or a Microcenter, or are we at one of the preeminent motion simulation companies?

SimCraft can provide a fully-built PC with the horsepower required to run the CPU-intensive motion simulation calculations and run the actual simulator software. From iRacing to rFactor 2 to Assetto Corsa and more, SimCraft is capable of providing motion simulation for almost every title you would commonly want to use.

In the future, SimCraft is looking to partner with an OEM PC manufacturer to offload some of their Microsoft Windows support. While this might increase the cost by a few bucks for the end-user, it’s a small percentage of the simulator’s total cost and will improve the customer experience. Making the customer happy is a primary focus at SimCraft.


gofab cnc plasma table in front of roll-up door
We’ll start, somewhat literally, at the back, and work our way to the front of the facility.

Here you see SimCraft’s plasma CNC table. SimCraft handles fabrication of their small components (tabs, brackets, etc) in house. Currently they are having to send a few things out locally due to the surge in demand for at-home simulation due to COVID-19. But they’ve just purchased some new equipment and will be back to doing everything in-house again soon.

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