At school we have a 14" compound mitre saw, a RIGID floor drill press, a bench grinder, a belt/disc combo sander and all the hand tools you could thing of.
For space at school we have one room approximately 12’x12’ that is ours to leave a mess. We get to use an adjacent room that is about 30x50 but it must be cleaned up every day. Additionally, we have a “closet shop room” in which we store and use the big tools like the drill press. That room is “ours” as well and is about 5x11 in size.
At the local college (7 miles, 14 minutes away), we have access to the fully equipped machine shop and have full welding support available as well.
Our students do the majority of the machine work. It is only the MasterCam stuff they don’t do.
The machine shop has very large verticle and horizontal band saws. There is an abrasive chop saw in the welding shop next door and a toothed chop saw in the machine shop. There are many bench grinders and a precision surface grinder. In the welding shop there is a very large shear and a cutting torch (not sure if it’s a plasma cutter or not.)
The machine shop has 5 brideport manual mills, 7 manual lathes, a 4 axis CNC mill (HAAS VF4), a 3 axis CNC mill (HAAS VF2), and a HASS CNC lathe. There are also two tool rooms and a bunch of tool drawers around the shop containing thousands of collets, end mills, lathe cutters, and various other machining tools. Additionally, there is a room full of about 25 computers with AutoCAD and MasterCAM.
Anything at all short of needing a 5+ axis CNC mill, this shop can make it.
At the college we also have access to a couple rapid prototyping machines.
For what we actualy use, the tops of it would be our students using about 4 of the manual mills at once and a couple lathes at the same time too making many many parts for the robot. Every year we have somewhere around 30 something machined parts not counting the corner triangles. We have had students running jobs on the CNC for many hours – extrusion joining corner triangles and sponsor plaques. Students programmed the machine for the sponsor plaque job. We had a machinist run a couple window motor adapter shafts on the CNC as well.
We use everything we have at school quite a bit except for the giant conduit bender. I still don’t know why we have that thing.
Oh, and our school has no shop classes. Just robotics.
One more thing. With how equipped we are, we should be able to make a robot that looks like a professionally built product. Not somethign a bunch of kids slapped together like we have been doing. Go see what I mean and click here.
EDIT: I forgot to add that at school in the 30x50 room we have 12 Pentium 4 1.8 GHz computers with Invetor, Photoshop, Premiere, and a T1 connection.