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PVC Go-kart Assembly

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  • Nova Labs

    1881-F Metro Center Drive, Reston, VA (map)

    38.950775 -77.340454

  • Price: $20.00/per person

    Refund policy

  • Note: Moved from August 23 to October 5th to give us time to finalize a BOM and perhaps do any pre-machining that is necessary to get this up and running in one session.

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    As an offshoot of our Metals 102 and 103 classes where we build an adult sized go Kart, this session is a 4 hour session to do one thing: build a PVC tube go Kart for kids.  The rules are simple:

    1) You go get your own materials from Home Depot/Lowes/Ace/Northern Tool/Harbor Freight

    2) You get your own wheels, motor, etc.

    3) I show you how to build it

    4) This is a parent and child activity.  The parent should actively participate and I will be building this with my daughter, which means we encourage parents to bring their daughters as well as sons!

    The materials cost should be somewhere on the order of $300 depending on where you shop and how well you scrounge, so you are encouraged to hit the yard sales and Craigslist to get lawnmowers (wheels, throttles, cables, engines), and other parts -- under some conditions you can build this thing for a lot less than $300.  A Bill of Materials is forthcoming.  Anything we can't buy off the shelf we have to fabricate, so remember, the more stuff you find the better (for example, if you find a kiddie pedal car, can we use the steering wheel?)

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  • Jenny G.

    We are going to sit this one out because fall is very busy. We will watch for a similar workshop in the winter.

    August 1

    • Samer N.

      With only one attendee will likely cancel it then. Thanks for your feedback and interest!

      August 1

  • Jenny G.

    New date will not work for us. We will be out of town for a wedding. Never mind I guess.

    July 31

    • Samer N.

      Is there a date in October that will?

      July 31

  • Jenny G.

    Questions on this activity...interested in having my husband bring our 9 year old twin daughters to build this project. What do you think about 1 parent and 2 kids on project? Will there be enough for two children to do, or do we need two parents for two kids resulting in two go-carts? Also, is this project led step by step where everyone's go cart is essentially the same frame from the bill of materials? Is the design or instructions on paper for my husband to preview? He is a mechanical engineer and very handy with all sorts of tools, but he immediately said that no, he could not have a design ready in 1 month. It is not up for each parent/child team to design their own from the ground up, right? Or is the group being guided through a somewhat standard design and then can customize? Additional info will be much appreciated! Thanks!

    July 27

    • Samer N.

      The plans have some customization in them (in terms of appearance, and you can always add to it (e.g. body panels, different sized wheels, bigger motors and so on).

      July 27

    • Samer N.

      On request, I have moved this to October 5th so that we can finalize the BOM, do any pre-machining and cutting and also to give myself a breather between events.

      July 31

  • Jenny G.

    Samer...My daughters definitely want to do this with their dad. He reviewed the plans and had many questions and concerns- electric motor per your plans vs. gas engine (as from mower), thickness of plywood for spans show, matching axles and bearings, and lots of specs I don't know the answer too. He is very concerned about the time to gather and prep items as he recognized many as not Lowes/Home Depot items. He has questions about what prep must be done in advance (like precutting materials) versus what can be done in 5 hour lab. Pre-prep is not a problem from a technical standpoint. We have lots of power tools, machining and woodworking tools. For him it is more of a planning/time thing. He wants to be proactive and not rush at last minute. So....
    (1) have you selected the final plans and/or
    (2) would you be willing to speak to my husband on the phone so he feels more knowledgeable about the project requirements.
    Thank you, Jenny G-B

    July 30

    • Samer N.

      I haven't finalized the plans frankly as I have a choice of several. This one was one that could do with modification. That's why I mention a supplementary bill of materials. However with only one attendee so far (the one child who asked me to replicate the adult metal go kart session for kids) I have been in a rush. More than likely I will ask that flat stock be pre cut and frankly I haven't figured out suitable wheels from Northern Tool (where I get mine) or whether wheels from Sears for lawnmowers would do (i saw some in their parts department that might work this past weekend). Then there is the motor and I am more inclined to use an edger motor either electric or gas only because it is self contained. Finally I would have one drive wheel not two. All the karts I built in the past worked fine that way. I am happy to speak with your husband. Send me a phone number and time to [masked]

      July 30

  • Samer N.

    For those of you who are interested, I have posted some plans to look at here: http://files.meetup.com/3629072...­

    The plans are very simple, and include a BOM, BUT, I need to supplement this BOM to reflect WHERE you might go get stuff. Most of it is in Home Depot. Wheels and Brakes from Northern Tool. Motor can be whatever you can scavange, but you can also buy one from the electric scooter people. Any comments, please let me know.

    July 27

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