So you just received your new racing game, but unfortunately, you do not have a steering wheel. So what do you do? You can make your own steering wheel by creating one using the 3D printing technology. It is definitely hard to master a racing game without a steering wheel. Plus, a steering wheel controller can be quite on the pricier side. So if you are on a budget, 3D printers under 1000 is the best way to go.
The amazing steering wheel mechanism is made and designed by Thingiverse with a little help from his partner, Pixel2. The latter shared the source files needed to create the mechanism for free to anyone who wants to create their miniature steering wheel for their controllers. He has also produced different versions for different types of consoles as well. Incidentally, he has source files for Xbox 360 and PS4.
Though it is not the perfect alternative to an expensive and full-sized steering wheel, it is still the best one out there. The mechanism may sometimes block some of the keys you will use to change gears, and it may cause a bit of a scratch on the controller. However, it is cheap and saves a lot of money, though it might give longer lapse times.
Using your controller for racing games can be stressful and daunting sometimes. However, thanks to these two brilliant designers, you can have your own printable miniature steering wheel.
You can clip the mechanism on to your controller and then use the gear system to maneuver the left thumbstick. It is quite fascinating to use on your first race. However, the miniature steering wheel can take a while to get used to. Plus, you will have to go through a learning curve to master this ingenious contraption. The wheel has 5 parts; each of them is used to safely clip the mechanism to the controller. So make sure you do not lose any of them.
The color of the miniature steering wheel typically comes in orange, but you can have it in any color you want. You will need a bearing which you can get from any fidget spinner out there and, of course, the trusty super glue. The steering wheel also has a steering range of 100 degrees. The designer has provided the settings for the Project Cars 2 video game as well. You will need to set the steering dead zone to 0 and the steering sensitivity to 70. You will also need to increase the speed sensitivity to 70 and the controller damping to 3.
Putting the pieces together is quite simple. You will just need to follow the instructions closely to avoid any mishaps. It also fits perfectly on the controller. Just make sure to use it on the best controller you have for a smoother and better game experience. If you want to have your own miniature steering wheel, you can visit Thingiverse’s website. You can get the template and the source files from there.