As a mentor I am beginning to look into the big ticket items any good robotics lab needs (or might want) to get going. I have a general list of things 7226 would be looking for, but don’t really have any models I’m set on. Am also VERY open to suggestions as I’m trying to give these students the biggest chance at success I can and can’t really say I’ve built a robotics lab before.
Some things to keep in mind.
- Since this will be money coming in the form of a grant, the budget will be whatever can be reasonably asked for. For our team I am assuming mid to low tier new equipment and a lot of used equipment but I’m aiming high for now.
- Space is the least of our concerns, we have a lot of space just need tools to put in there. Right now we are in an out of commission wood shop and most of the tools in there are non functioning except 2 drill presses, a table saw, a sander, a wood bandsaw, and a miter saw. Rest of tools we have are hand tools.
- I know some of the stuff on the list may or may not be realistic, planning to go over the top while I’m looking around, and narrow it down based on reality.
- Thanks pals this will really help a lot.
So my sorta list of stuff we may or may not be in the market for but would love to see what you guys have to say
- Mill (With electric display)
(2b. CNC Lathe???)
- Metal band saw (we have some wood ones but not high enough horsepower to do metal, even with better blades)
- CNC Router (for aluminum?)
6a. Pneumatics set up (Compressor, tank, manifold, output hoses)
6b. Pneumatics tool set (dremel, rivet gun, drills)
- Quality soldering iron(s)
- (Portable?) High pressure compressor ~3000 psi (we have an offseason t-shirt robot planned)
- 3-d Printer (is one that can print metal based filament worth it?)
- Laser cutter
11a. Powder coating equipment
11b. Powder coating oven (a big ol’ one so we can do chassis pieces too)
- Chop Saw (for cutting stock down)
- Belt Sander (besides standard 2 part vertical belt with circular on side)
- Sheet Bender
- Software that comes in handy (Already have CAD, looking at adobe for photo and video editing, free IDE for java)
Like I said, not necessarily a realistic list, but hey dream big amiright?
Edit: Of course i realize the CAD and design skills a team will need to realisticslly use most of this equipment, this thread is not for that. This thread is to help me make an informed decision about what models we as a team should look into to purchase when the time comes. Trust me if theres anyone who doesn’t want to waste money its a rookie team barely affording worlds, but I’d still like to know what our options are as we progress as a team.