Monthly Archives: November 2013

Go Karts are Back in Singapore!

The lorry with our goodies!

The lorry with our goodies!

Haha it came back in pieces.

Haha it came back in pieces.

Taking up space in Fab Lab 2

Taking up space in Fab Lab 2

Our go karts are finally back from MIT!! Hilarity ensued when we found various nuts and bolts dropping out of the crates and we attempted to figure out where everything came from.

Charles has kindly shipped all his spare parts from the 2.00summer go kart course so we can continue to work on our EVs without having to order and ship extra stuff to SUTD.

It was a mild let down that our go karts arrived after both the Learning Carnival and the visit by the Solar Car team from Eindhoven – Learning Carnival was something that was organized from 16th-18th of Oct so that we could share with each other what we’ve all done over the summer. For us, a large part of it was the go kart experience that we had in MIT, and so we decided to try to build another go kart in < 4 weeks, so that we had something to show everyone else.

To me, Go Karts and Homemade-Motorized-Things-That-Move are important to everyone (especially engineers) not only because they’re hilarious and utter fun, but because it gives everyone an opportunity to build.

Now that we have our go karts, parts and supplies, and more importantly go-kart knowledge, an annual SUTD Grand Prix might actually become reality. Muahaha.

Advertisements

Emergency EV is done!

And so the emergency ev is done! We’ve managed to build it cannablizing parts from another go kart-ish thing inspired by the chibikart blog, but at least it’s done!

Nishard on the Emergency EV

Nishard on the Emergency EV

Important things to note for the future:

  1. RS Components is a wonderful site as they have a warehouse in SIngapore, and they do next day delivery.
  2. Always check and double confirm the order that you’ve made both through your own screenshot and through the receipt they send through the email – RS Components’ website bugged out and resulted in me buying 3 bags of M12 nuts 3 times because they always sent me M8 instead and I assumed I clicked wrongly.
  3. McMaster has all the CAD files you could ever need.
  4. Waterjet can’t take files that are too complicated. Always let the auto pathing create the path and keep tweaking the file and configurations until it works – if you manually draw the paths there’s a chance that the waterjet will bug out, and in the worst case, destroy your material.
  5. Always buy spares of almost everything.

Now that the Emergency EV is over, I guess I could finally re-embark upon the mini amigo bot. Oh my.