Top 4 Tips to Improve your Viper Kit
At the heart of the educational sumo bot workshop we recently completed, lies hands-on experience around the FingerTech Viper Kit. Recently, we had assembled 10 Viper kits for our sumo bot workshop, aiming to provide an engaging learning platform for kids grades 3-5. In the process of the workshop and with driving the kits after, we encountered a few tips that paved the way for an enhanced experience.
Here are some of the top tips to elevate your Viper kit adventure, without needing too much combat robot experience:
1. Secure the Gearboxes: Apply Loctite for Durability
One of the primary concerns surfaced with the gearboxes - a vital component in the kit. We discovered that applying Loctite to the screws connecting the motor significantly improved their longevity. This simple yet effective measure prevented the gearboxes from rattling apart prematurely, ensuring a more robust build.
2. Bolster Stability: Employ Blue Loctite for Panel and Frame Screws
Beyond the gearboxes, the integrity of the entire assembly relies on the screws that secure the panels and gearboxes to the frame. A touch of blue Loctite on these screws fortifies their hold, particularly crucial for those fastening the gearboxes to the frames. This precaution guarantees a more steadfast structure, minimizing the risk of components loosening during operation. Using the Blue Loctite also allows you to remove the screws regularly.
3. Balance Matters: Optimize Weight Distribution
From a usability perspective, the Viper kit’s front-heavy nature can affect its drivability. An effective solution involves strategically placing the battery behind the motors. This counterbalances the weight, contributing to smoother handling and control, ultimately enhancing the overall driving experience.
4. Improve Traction: Enhance Wheel Grip with Liquid Latex
To further optimize performance, consider applying a layer of liquid latex to the foam wheels. This simple addition significantly increases their grip. If you decide to go this route, roughening up the wheel surface might be necessary to ensure a strong bond. This enhancement elevates traction, particularly beneficial for various terrains and challenging driving conditions.
By implementing these insights and adjustments, the Fingertech Viper kit experience can be notably enriched, offering participants a more durable, stable, and high-performing platform for exploration and learning. These refinements not only enhance the immediate functionality but also foster a deeper understanding of the kit's mechanics, encouraging participants to engage more actively with robot.
Remember, the beauty of educational workshops (or combat robot building in general) lies not only in the information gained but also in the hands-on, problem-solving experience they offer. Embracing challenges and refining solutions lead to an empowered and enriched journey.
Here’s to building, learning, and driving toward a more engaging educational experience with the Viper kit!