Hi Chief Delphi!
My team just finished its first rookie season. We’re a brand new high school as well (building off a school with prek-8). This school year, we’re in an intermediate high school campus and go to the main campus which has a lab where we do robotics. Next year, however, we will have a brand new campus with a wood shop, metal shop, and a dedicated space for our robotics team! Our school is super supportive of the team, and the head of the lab has asked us to do some research regarding tools for the metal shop.
We’ve been talking to our mentors, browsing CD, cnczone.com, and the rest of the Internet and this is what we’ve discovered so far:
Our priority for getting tools is:
Metal Bandsaw/Drill Press
We’re curious to know the pros and cons of a horizontal vs vertical bandsaws. Also, we’re wondering which brands/models of bandsaws/drill presses are in your labs, and what you recommend.
The head of the lab has sort of given us a $40,000 budget for a CNC mill :yikes: , so we’re planning on going with a Haas TM-1§. We’re wondering if you think that’s the model to go with (TM-1 or TM-1P). Also, we’re wondering what accessories people have gotten. We don’t know if the chip auger, probe, 4th axis, or other features are necessary.
Also, what tooling did people get and where did they get it from? We’re looking at getting most of our tooling from glacern.com, but there may be better places we’ve never heard of.
We’re hoping to get a small lathe at first (low price) and then upgrade to a larger one probably after a few years. Not super high on our list at this time.
So many questions! Any help is useful.