So, I was hired at a research and education facility associated with MSU to get their CNC mill running, with the hopes of providing schools throughout mid-Michigan with custom parts for things like FRC. As part of my preparation, I’ve been trying to predict what sort of parts we’ll be tasked with producing, so I can determine what sort of additional tooling and fixtures we’ll need to invest in.
So my question, what sort of things do FRC teams typically need manufactured, or would benefit from the most? Is there something that you always seem to need in decently large numbers? Is there something really important that you only need in small numbers?
We have a Tormach PCNC 1100. While we don’t have a 4th axis kit, getting one is certainly in the realm of possibility if a good case for it were presented, like if custom gears are a popular request. I already have a list of things we need to get, but I would gladly add to it if there’s something I’ve neglected.