MotionMax FREX Edition
By Zappadoc All Rights Reserved. (First Release v1.0 – 2018-06-20)
PDF version of this Getting Started Web Page, HERE
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MotionMax Manager FREX Edition
(including all software apps, services and plugins)
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Edited by EKSIMRacing
Get the most advanced and professional 6DOF motion platform manager.
A powerful tool for your 6DOF simulator!
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WITH YOUR SIMULATOR MACHINE.
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Getting Started With MotionMax Manager FREX Edition
You’re about to install the software MotionMax Manager dedicated to your FREX 6DOF Simulator,
Windows System Requirements:
Windows OS 64bit up to date 7/8/8.1/10 (recommended to run as Administrator on Windows 8/8.1/10)
Min. Hardware Requirements:
A gaming PC capable of running a simulation or game at 60 FPS or higher (screen resolution minimum 1600×900)
(with 2 USB 2.0 available or better with a HUB USB 2.0 with external Power Adapter)
The FREX 6DOF Simulator
About Your Hardware
We assume here that ALL THE HARDWARE IS READY TO USE AND THE 6DOF MACHINE CONNECTED TO THE PC, which includes you follow the mounting and wiring instructions from FREX.
– you completely read, understood and agreed to the TERMS And Conditions of use of the MotionMax Manager software,
– you respected fully the THE HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS INCLUDED WITH YOUR SIMULATOR MACHINE,
– you already built the FREX 6DOF Machine and follow the FREX mounting instructions to put the 6 actuators with ID from 1 to 6 in the correct order and position,
– you already installed the driver of your SimMotion-6 interface included with your simulator, The FTDI driver for Windows 64bit is available HERE (
– you already connected each actuator ID from 1 to 6 to the corresponding COM ports on the 6COM-Ports interface included with your simulator,
– you already connected the 2 USB cables from the 6COM-Ports unit to your PC (preferably to a DEDICATED USB HUB),
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– VERY IMPORTANT: you already DOUBLE-CHECKED all your COM Ports using the Windows Devices Manager and set the Timer Latency to 1 ms (see the screenshot above) in the Advanced Options of each Windows COM Ports,
– so you know exactly which COM port is connected to each actuator from ID 1 to 6. It’s recommended to write it down.
IMPORTANT: we do not do the hardware support of your simulator, if you need assistance contact FREX Japan.
The Color Code
The 6DOF Simulator and MotionMax Manager use a colors code to identify easily each actuator. By scrupulously respecting the colors code you will be able to install the actuators in the correct order very easily.
Each Actuator have an ID and a Color to identify its position on the motion platform
SCN ID 1 = RED
SCN ID2 = GREEN
SCN ID3 = BLUE
SCN ID4= YELLOW
SCN ID5= CYAN
SCN ID6= PURPLE
MotionMax Manager Installation
The basic steps of a new installation
(some time we use MMX, the acronym of MotionMax Manager in the documentation).
Download and run the MotionMax Manager Setup Installer as Administrator to avoid any read/write permission issue with Windows.
IMPORTANT: Watch the video above(
https://www.youtube.com/embed/cOL_F6QSIms?rel=0) before reading the getting started instructions below.
first launch: MotionMax needs to communicate with your simulator, so you have to configure the COM ports for each axis and Restart MotionMax Manager,
A dialog to configure your machine is showed up and you just have to change the COM ports and click the button Save Settings,
DO NOT CHANGE any other parameters unless you perfectly know what you are doing. Check the MotionMax Dashboard documentation for more info on machine settings for beginner, intermediate and PRO.
NOTES: We suggest to use the COM7 for the first actuator ID 1 even if the COM1 is free, the COM1 is often used by the system itself and prevents a correct initialization of the com port.
– one or more COM ports are missing in the machine settings dialog
Solution: you need to initialize correctly your FREX 6COM Ports Serial interface, Quit MotionMax Mgr, disconnect the 2 USB cables from the PC or from the USB HUB and reconnect them on the same USB ports. Restart MotionMax Manager, all your COM Ports should be there.
on second launch after the restart of MotionMax Manager, click YES to the dialog asking you for the license to download and install it automatically, All FREX 6DOF Simulator come with a MMX software license, so you don’t have to worry about..
>The 6DOF machine will now move to its center automatically,
a) if you reach the timeout, the 6DOF simulator will not going to move to its center and the initialization will be aborted,
Solution: Restart MotionMax Manager and everything will be OK.
b) if your license is not recognized,
Solution: quit and check your hardware installation and fix the order and position of each actuator, follow the colors code to find the corresponding ID and connect each actuator to the corresponding COM Ports then restart MotionMax Manager.
The Machine is now in center position and MotionMax Manager ask you to Check For Update. Click Cancel to continue checking your machine. You will be able to Check For Update using the main menu of MotionMax Mgr later to keep your installation up to date. It’s recommended to Check For Update regularly to get latest plugins and updates.
When the simulator is centered, a special wizard dialog to check your simulator will popup and helps you to verify if each actuator. On a 6DOF platform the order and position of each actuator is very important.
A complete check must be performed at least once but If you want to skip the checking process for this session, click the QUIT button and go to STEP 4, see below.
With this wizard you can move actuator from ID 1 to 6 and check if they are working correctly accordingly to the instructions included with your 6DOF machine.
Use the horizontal slider and click NEXT button to go to next actuator until the end
if they are not moving or not in the correct order, simply click the central button “QUIT” and quit MotionMax Manager to fix your 6DOF machine installation.
REMINDER: you can skip the checking process at any time by clicking the QUIT button
when all actuators are fully checked, the process will continue by moving the machine in ever directions until DOF limits are reached.
Center the machine after the checking process
All buttons are disabled which is normal the platform is not centered. To finalize the checking process and move the 6DOF Simulator to its center, click the CHECK button.
MotionMax Manager is ready
Congrats! The 6DOF Machine is fully tested and MotionMax Manager is ready!
The FREX 6DOF Default Profile is loaded on your dashboard,
We included for your convenience a bunch of profiles ready to use and to be customized. Like a real race car, a good configuration makes the difference and in a few hours you will be able to create your own profile corresponding to the car you drive and the simulation you use that suits your needs but for your first run keep the FREX 6DOF Default profile, it’s not perfect for all car categories but still a good base.
Click the big green CONNECT button of the dashboard (click the MotionMax Dashboard TAB for more info about the Dashboard window)
And launch a game or simulation like Assetto Corsa which doesn’t require any configuration to send telemetry
Enjoy your motion rig!
MotionMax Manager User Interface (version 1.0):
The main menu
Toggle MotionMax Dashboard
Hide/show the main dashboard window
Plugins Manager Menu
Show the Plugins Manager window, Use the plugins manager to activate/deactivate plugins and configure the plugin’s options.
Choose the Dark or Default style and restart MotionMax Manager
Check For Update Menu
The Check For Update is IMPORTANT, Use this menu regularly to open the Auto-Updater and get the latest plugins and updates to keep your installation up to date. To get the latest updates:
Run the MotionMax manager and select menu « Check For Update… » and then click the « Download And Install All » button
The Plugins Manager:
The plugins Manager helps you to activate your game plugins and set the options very easily. It is also a way to assign a default DOF Profile to the game which will be automatically loaded at startup.
Each time you install a new plugins, check if it is activated with the Plugins Manager.
The main DASHBOARD window,
Your 6DOF Service or MotionMax Dashboard where every aspect of your machine are controlled.
This one page settings is intentional to quickly find out what’s happening on your machine, what are the DOF settings currently loaded, the effects, the machine settings, etc.
The dashboard is divided in 2 main parts:
Related to incoming telemetry and the DOF settings
These include DOF Pitch, Roll, Sway, Surge, Heave, Yaw Acceleration, Yaw Dynamics or TL (Yaw Dynamics Parameters control efficiently and accurately the traction loss).
The IN GROUP part contains the engine vibration and smoother effects and the HIGH / LOW Pass Washout Filters parameters as well*
By default the IN group settings cannot be edited during a session unless you tick the “Unsafe Mode” checkbox which unlock the DOF Settings and lets you change settings on the fly like the DOF Gain, Amplitude and all other parameters.
The Connect /Disconnect Button
Use this button to connect or disconnect the incoming telemetry from the game or simulation
Some dashboard functions are disabled until the incoming telemetry is disconnected.
Default And Custom DOF Profiles:
It’s better to create a new DOF profile based on default rather than modify the default profile itself, this way your custom profiles will never be deleted by a re-installation.
To create a new DOF Profile,
Place the cursor into the Profile combo field, type the file name of your profile and hit ENTER key or the SAVE button, The profile is saved in config directory of MotionMax Manager (in your ../Documents/…/MotionMax Manager/cfg/ directory).
A notification is written in the status bar at the bottom when saved.
And the new DOF Profile file is added automatically to the Profiles List
Related to the data output to the simulator and the machine settings information,
This OUT Group part contains several buttons as well:
CHECK button to test the simulator and check the DOF limits
RESET MIN:MAX button to reset the min and max values reached by the DOF data and the machine
HOME button to move the simulator to HOME position
CENTER button to move the simulator to center position
BLOCK/UNBLOCK buttons to stop /start sending data to the machine (see below)
The Block/Unblock Button
Use these Block/Unblock button to interrupt or allow the data stream to go to the machine and stop the motion.
You need to block the simulator to get access to the machine settings (EDIT SETTINGS button).
EDIT SETTINGS button to edit and save the machine settings
(normal/home speed, acceleration, amp gain, machine update rate)
Change only the COM Ports assignment of each actuator in the machine settings unless you know what you are doing with other parameters. You need to restart MotionMax Manager for the change.to take effect.
Example of machine settings for PRO driver:
Example of machine settings for intermediate driver:
Example of machine settings for beginner driver:
The Status Bar
The status bar give you information and warning about your DOF settings and let you define the UI (user interface) update rate.
The Default Skin
The Dark Skin
Quick Hardware Information (Basics):
Please read carefully the hardware manual provided with your 6DOF motion platform by FREX.Japan. Also, keep in mind these important info below:
The position of cockpit is very important and must be correct.
– you need first to find the barycenter (center of gravity) of your entire cockpit and places it on-top of your 6DOF platform off-centered (see the image below).
– the bottom back of your seat must never go beyond the rear of the platform see (the image below)
Seat And Cockpit Off-Centered (the red mark below is the center of gravity of this cockpit)
EKSIMRacing Lightweight Version:
The simple way to find the barycenter (center of gravity) of your cockpit is to put a metal bar on floor (i.e. symbolized by the red bar in the image below.), then put the entire cockpit with all equipment onto it and slide forward / backward gently the cockpit until you find the balance point.
Read the FAQ: configure your game or simulation
Assetto Corsa Competizione,
Assetto Corsa Pro,
Sector 3 RaceRoom Racing Experience,
Project CARS 2,
Codemasters DiRT Rally,
Codemasters F1 2018,
Codemasters F1 2017,
Codemasters F1 2016,
Codemasters F1 2015,
Codemasters F1 2014,
Codemasters F1 2013,
Codemasters F1 2012,
Codemasters F1 2011,
Codemasters F1 2010,
Codemasters GRID Autosport,
Codemasters DiRT 4,
Live For Speed,
ARCA Sim Racing,
Reiza Formula Truck,
Reiza Game Stock Car,
PiBoSo Kart Racing Pro,
PiBoSo World Racing Series,
PiBoSo MX Bikes,
PiBoSo GP Bikes,
Steam Simbin Race07 + all packs,
STCC I / II,
DCS (Digital Combat Simulator),
NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulation 2
Third Party Developer:
Thank you for your interest in becoming a MotionMax Manager Partner!
(You need to be fully registered to get the MotionMax SDK and create your own game plugin. Click here to register and complete the necessary agreements)..
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