The motor itself wasn't that bad. About 275€ shipped and after customs.Retail on these industrial motors is pretty high. Then you need to design and build controller, software, FW. I do not think it's that unreasonable considering the price of the components and RD.
@TedBrosby- , you built SC1 recently with much cheaper Mige motor, how much materials ran you?
I remember my DIY OSW based on Argon from US builder ran me a pretty penny, more than SC1 Pro in fact.
The controller board itself was actually the biggest cost. SC1 board + Ioni Pro HC set me back over 400€ shipped.
I understand development costs are rolled into it, but that's quite expensive. The PSU was expensive for locality reasons. 480/720w Meanwell that everyone swore was the best, only for Simucube to abandon Meanwell products and then say "Well actually they're not that good" when it suits them going with another brand for the SC2 R2.
Most of the cost of building an SC1 was in the divided vendors/shipping. Shaft clamp from Martin Ascher, motor mount from SimRacingBay, controller boards from Granite, servo from China, PSU from Digikey/etc.
The thing is, what I mean on the cost being too high is that IMO DD1 doesn't have the same quality industrial grade motor that SC2 does. If they chose an outrunner servo to save on costs and their PSU is the same low cost brand as their CSL/CSW variations, why is the DD1 $1200?
IMO, based on quality of build - DD1 should be at most $799 or maybe $899. If the ITM is the reason (OLED display) for high cost, get rid of it to drop the price since everyone has to use it at default Fanatec logo anyway.
What I would like to see: DD1 without the OLED screen for $799 ~ $849. DD1 with OLED screen for $999. DD2 for $1199. All three come with emergency stop.