It’s new team time of year for us at the Vexmen and I wanted to get a review of our checklist of must haves in each team’s toolbox. There are club level tools separate from this, but this is for a group of 4-5 roboteers building their robot. These are just core items and not robot specific items like screws, bearing blocks, gears, etc.
Something I found really useful last season was a multimeter with a continuity tester. If a wire came loose we would test the wire on the little exposed bit on the connectors and see where the connection was failing. Also, Loctite is beautiful stuff to have around, and you can never go wrong with a bag of zip ties.
Also, at competitions a printout of the top of the field in one of those laminated page protectors and a couple dry erase markers was really useful. Good for planning autonomous with a partner or for explaining to judges what your robot does in auto.
Yeah, I had bought a really cheap soldering iron, realised that I should probably get a decent soldering iron, and just the left the cheap one permanently in our robotics lab. That thing saved us a lot of money in broken wires.
Well first off, lots of zip ties. And also Bandaids, (Not all metal is created smooth) My team uses, darn it, I don’t know what they’re called but they are like labels except tiny. We use them to mark motors.