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New Tool Suggestions

This is a page for suggestions for new tools that CCHS might want to buy.

How to suggest a new tool

  • Be a current member.
  • Add a section below (copy and paste the “(Copy this section)” template below and then edit it.
  • Newest suggestions at the top (after the template.)
  • Post on the mailing list to build support or ask the committee directly if they'd like to purchase it.
  • If the committee doesn't want to purchase it, maybe you can try to start a group buy?

Remember this page is an unofficial wiki page, approach the Committee directly if you want any official info.

Current suggestions


Template

This is a template suggestion to copy when adding new suggestions.

Specific Items & Costs

  • Put links to specific things, places to buy the things, and prices.

Suggested By

Identify yourself somehow.

Comments

(If making a comment, please “sign off” with your name, like this – Angus)

Add your comments on why this is something of benefit/awesomeness. Be persuasive!

Committee Comments

TBD


Portable Air Plasma Cutter

For when a hacksaw quite won't do. Or, as an attachment to a robot :)

Specific Items & Costs

Suggested By

andyg (@geekscape)

Comments

Because being able to cut large pieces of metal will enable awesome projects ! However, this purchase should be made after we move to a larger space than 5 Kent Lane – andyg

Committee Comments

TBD


Quality precision screwdrivers

  "How about a *good* set of small precision screwdrivers - a kit from
  Wiha/Wera/Moody/Felo or one of the well regarded well made brands, not
  from the $2 shop."

Specific Items & Costs

Suggested By Luke W

Comments I think this would have strong, broad appeal every day to just about every hackerspace user, to give you confidence in getting the job done quickly and easily without stripping screw heads – Luke

Committee Comments T

Logic Analyser

Specific Items & Costs

Suggested By Geoff L (original suggestion), Andy G (Salae), Lachlan (Bitscope)

Comments

1. Why do we need a Logic Analyzer?

  • A Logic Analyzer (LA) takes the guess work out of fault finding digital stuff.
  • You may find the fault without an LA by trial and error, if you are lucky or if it is a trivial error, or it may take all night and all you know is what it is not! An LA will save you time.

2. What would I use it for?

  • When your LCD is blank (or doing crazy stuff) and you do not know what is going on, that is when you can use a Logic Analyzer to find out!
  • Some Logic Analyzers (eg Salae) can also decode serial busses (like I2C, SPI, CAN, RS232, MDB, etc.) and this can be a big help to finding a fault.

3. How hard is it to use?

  • The better LA's are not hard to use, please see the comment by Angus.

(The above comments are by Geoff L)

(If making a comment, please “sign off” with your name, like this – Angus)

In my experience the Salae software is really easy to get the hang of, would be good for introductory LA users, but still quite powerful. I haven't used Bitscope – Angus. Committee Comments TDB

New Drill Press

This would mean no more changing pesky belts on step pulleys

This small mill has two speeds that dont require belt changing but maintain torque at lower speeds

Suggested By

Rob B

Comments

None, yet

Committee Comments

TBD

Rivet gun

Generally useful tool for easily joining metal plates together

Specific Items & Costs

Suggested By

andyg

Comments

Some recommendations from someone who knows about rivets would be good. But, this isn't an expensive item … so it should be a no-brainer

Committee Comments

TBD

Completed (Purchased) Suggestions

  • Tool box on wheels, full of tools, e.g spanners, screwdrivers, etc
doc/meta/new_tool_suggestions.txt · Last modified: 2015/04/19 23:38 by 211.31.198.180