Case study: light armoured vehicle trainer joysticks

Army training has been hindered due to the high cost of operational New Zealand light armoured vehicles (LAV) controllers and lack of suitable gaming joysticks.

We investigated the issues and concluded that the most effective solution was to design and produce replacement replica handles for existing commercial gaming joysticks.

Design prototypes were made using stereo lithography or 3D rapid prototyping. When the design was approved, 30 handles together with donor joysticks were delivered.

The handles are an accurate representation of operational LAV controllers and consist of commercial off the shelf parts and plastic moulded shells.

This project saved the New Zealand Army more than NZ$1,000,000.