Tools & Equipment

We ordered a Solidoodle 3D printer on August 8th and it should arrive between October 3 and 17.

We plan to start using it in borrowed meeting places if we don’t have our own space when it arrives.  We would like to use library meeting rooms but we’ve learned that 3D printers can create an odor and some fumes. So we’re looking for alternative meeting places where were we can regularly use it. Please tell us if you can suggest one.

We already have a lot of welding and metal fabrication equipment.  But we may be starting out in a temporary location where we won’t be able to use it because of landlord / fire safety issues.

We have many people who want to do woodworking so equipping our woodshop is going to be a top priority. We do have a nice full-size tablesaw we can use.  But we’re wondering if we can use it or if we need to invest in an expensive table saw that will stop instantly if your fingers touch the blade.

Some benefactors have offered to give or loan us the following to help get us started:

  • 8×12 metal lathe
  • “X2″ Mini-Mill
  • 25×25 CNC Router
  • Full-size Drill press
  • Jump Shear (for cutting sheet metal)
  • 4×6 Horizontal Bandsaw (for metal)
  • 4×36 Bench Top Belt/Disk Sander
  • Scroll saw
  • Oscilloscope
  • Lab Power Supply
  • Miller Plasma Cutter
  • Miller MIG Welder
  • Wire Core Welder, Auto Darkening Helmet, Welding Gloves & Jacket
  • 2-Ton Shop Crane
  • Hand & Small Power Tools
  • Mat Cutter (for picture framing)
  • Large 220V air compressor
  • Sewing Machine
  • Small Refrigerator

It may take awhile to acquire every we’d like to have.  Here’s some of our wish list.

  • Anvil
  • Arbor Press
  • Bandsaw
  • Bench Grinder
  • Computers & Flat Screen Monitors for Workstations
  • Dust Collection System (for sawdust)
  • Desktop Photography Equipment (tripod, lights, light tent, backgrounds, etc)
  • Electronic Test Gear & Power Supplies
  • Fans (cooling & exhaust)
  • Horizontal Bandsaw (metal cutting)
  • Glass Blowing/Jewelry Making Equipment
  • Jointer
  • Laser Cutter/Engraver
  • Lathes (full-size wood and metal cutting)
  • Microwave Oven
  • Metal Cabinets (for storing flammable materials)
  • Miter/Chop Saws
  • Mill (full size)
  • Picture Framing Tools (Clamps, Mat Cutter, Press, etc)
  • Plasma Cutter
  • Powder Coating Equipment
  • Raw Materials – lumber, metal plate, round & square tubes for building workbenches, shelves, storage units
  • Roll-around Tool Chests
  • Sandblasting Cabinet
  • Sewing & Computerized Embroidery Machines
  • Sheet Metal Brake
  • Shop Press (Hydraulic)
  • Shop Vacs
  • Soldering Irons
  • Software  – CAD/CAM/CNC, Drawing, Design, etc.
  • Small Power Tools
  • Surface plate
  • Tables, Chairs & Desks
  • Table Saw (Full-size)
  • Thickness Planer
  • Tubing & Piper Benders
  • Vibrating Polisher & Media
  • Vises
  • Welders (MIG, TIG)
  • Welding Table

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