The goal of the Rapidly Reconfigurable Research Cockpit (R3C) project is to create and evaluate a novel approach for aviation simulators. Our concept combines a virtual reality visual environment with the tactile feedback typically found in early stage mockups. A low cost, easily modified, yet geometrically accurate cockpit panel (fabricated using 3D printing, for example) can be used while the pilot/operator wears a head-mounted display providing the visual overlay of the simulator.
Joyce, Richard, "The Rapidly Reconfigurable Research Cockpit" (2015). Link Foundation Modeling, Simulation and Training Fellowship Reports. 22.