If you are asked to build a flight simulator why would you build it with another material heavier than wood? The more it is light the easiest the tripod that will be designed to emulate the flight movement will need less power. The thing that your system achieves has always an impact on your design.
Project magenta allowed all these geeks who have a passion for flight or are just desperate of losing a path to be an ATP pilot, build their own flight simulator. Of course, software fueled this years before with Microsoft flight simulator.
Art always helps create the next things.